Larry Magid: Snowden Offers SXSW Crowd Online Privacy Advice

CBS San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival is underway in Austin and National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden is telling people how they can protect their privacy online. But how is he being perceived by the tech community?

Snowden spoke via video conference to a crowd at SXSW and probably his most memorable line will be, and I paraphrase, that the NSA is setting fire to the future of the internet and that the folks at SXSW are the firefighters.

He did get applause from that line, which in essence is his belief that the NSA challenges freedom by allegedly spying on people, not only in the U.S., but abroad on their Internet capable devices.

We know that Snowden, whether you consider him a whistle-blower or someone who committed treason, has revealed a lot of information about the NSA and has made claims against them, some…

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