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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Toadies to play “Rubberneck” at SXSW 2014



The Toadies are looking to make their performance at the 2014 SXSW Festival a special one. The band plans to play the entirety of their 1994 ‘Rubberneck’ album front to back. The performance is just a few months before the 20th anniversary of the amazing album that put Toadies on the map with the single, “Possum Kingdom”. This will be the first time the Toadies will play the album from beginning to end, and anyone in attendance sure is in for a treat.

The Toadies will be performing SXSW on Saturday, March 15th at the Stubb’s venue. After that they’ll be heading on a three month long tour. Dates can be found below. 

3/16 – Fort Worth, TX – Rubberneck Red Launch Party @ Martin House Brewery
3/19 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
3/20 – Solana  Beach, CA  – Belly Up
3/21 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour

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Perhaps you’ve noticed a tumbleweed or two roll through the vast wasteland of this week’s New York showlistings. Maybe all of your friends are out of town until next Sunday. Probably you’re there right now, taking a selfie at Whataburger.

If you’re not at South By, this is likely a trying time for you. You’ve spent weeks listening to people planning their itineraries in bodega lines and coffee shops. You’ve had friends excitedly tell you their work was sending them there. You’ve had those same friends detail their future Whataburger orders in explicit detail.

Other people here will tell you that South By is a whole bunch of corporate bullshit and this is of course 100% the truth. After all, we’re talking about a festival where homeless people were once sent to wander around as Wi-Fi “hotspots.” This year boasts not only the particularly loathsome hashtag #SXSubway, but an appearance…

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SaulPaul at SXSW

ReRoute Music Group

Tuesday, March 4th
SXSWedu Playground
Austin Convention Center

Tuesday, March 4th
Dream in 3D Book Signing @ SXSWedu
Austin Convention Center

Tuesday, March 4th
ReRoute Music Group 3rd Annual Anniversary Block Party
The Parish Underground 214 E. 6th St

Friday, March 7th
SXSW Keynote Recap Rap

Saturday, March 8th
ReRoute Music Group Song Writing Workshop
Spotify House

Saturday, March 8th
SXSW Keynote Recap Rap
Spotify House

Sunday, March 9th
SXSX Interactive Performance
Social Good Summit @ City Hall

Sunday, March 9th
SXSW Keynote Recap Rap
Social Good Summit @ City Hall

Monday, March 10th
SXSW Keynote Recap Rap

Tuesdy, March 11th
SXSW Keynote Recap Rap

Tuesday, March 11th
Red Gorilla Music Festival
Jelifi Stage at AMPLIFIED
300 E. 6th

Wednesday, March 12th
Totally Cool, Totally Art SXSW Teen Showcase
Sahara Lounge

Thursday, March 13th
Austin Music Foundation/Audio-Technica

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Diego Luna en SXSW

Hispanos Network

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Hoy se presentó la cinta “César Chávez”, dirigida por el mexicano Diego Luna. Basada en hechos reales, la cinta narra la historia de César Chávez, un trabajador que inició un movimiento por mejorar la situación laboral de los empleados en el estado de California. Chávez deberá cumplir con sus deberes como esposo y padre, sin dejar de lado su lucha social. Además, sus conquistas sociales serán conocidas por no ser violentas. La proyección inició a las 6:00 pm en el Paramount Theater 713 CONGRESS AVENUE.

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Audio Polished Edward Snowden SXSW Presentation

Jason Koblovsky

In August last year I wrote a post regarding the Lack of Privacy Is A Matter Of National Security . A lot of Snowden’s presentation does touch up on that subject regarding mass surveillance making our communications systems less secure.  You can also view Snowden’s written testimony to the EU Parliament here.  The EU will be voting on a resolution on Wednesday to delay trade agreements with the US over mass surveillance, and stripping US companies from immunity over legal liability over EU citizens privacy.  It’s worthy to note, that the EU also has Canada’s privacy laws in it’s sights as well.

Snowden’s SXSW presentation is about an hour long presentation, however a must see for those of you in the tech development fields.  An earlier copy of Snowden’s presentation today released by the ACLU was very hard to understand due to the audio eco’s.  Here is a more cleaned…

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Virgil Abloh leaks the “Watch The Throne 2” Album Cover

The Botchway Show

Well isn’t this a pleasant surprise. Despite Kanye telling Power 99 FM that he and Jay Z have yet to begin working on the sequel to their Watch The Throne album, DONDA creative director Virgil Abloh has already given us the artwork to the upcoming album. With ‘Ye and Hov set to headline Samsung’s concert series at SXSW on March 12, one begins to wonder if we can expect new music sooner than later.

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