Edward Snowden and Julian Assange at SXSW

Edward Snowden

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acluvideos on Mar 10, 2014

Edward Snowden speaks about privacy and technology with the ACLU’s Ben Wizner and Christopher Soghoian at SXSW Interactive.

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Snowden defends privacy at SXSW

RT America on Mar 10, 2014

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden spoke to South By Southwest conference attendees via satellite from Russia on Monday. SXSW is the annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin, Texas. Snowden focused mostly on the importance of encryption technology, privacy on the Internet and the downfalls of mass security during his nearly hour-long discussion. Meghan Lopez talks to RT’s Ramon Galindo to get the latest on SXSW and Snowden’s remarks.

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Julian Assange – SXSW – March 8 2014

Leaksource dotInfo on Mar 8, 2014

Julian Assange SXSW Interactive – March 8th 2014

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Snowden denounces global mass surveillance at SXSW festival

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Julian Assange on Being Placed on NSA Manhunting List and Secret Targeting of WikiLeaks Supporters

The Day We Fight Back: The Hacker Wars (featuring Chris Hedges) + Omnipotent #WaveOfAction: Be The Change

#NSA Headquarters Could Go Dark if Bill Passes in Maryland + Utah Lawmaker Moves To Cut Off Water For Massive NSA Data Storage Facility

Edward Snowden: There’s no saving an intelligence community that believes it can lie to the public and the legislators + Transcript

17 thoughts on “Edward Snowden and Julian Assange at SXSW

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  5. “The very fact that Manning and Assange and Snowden, and every other whistle-blower or prisoner of conscience, who can be held to be authentic and genuine ~ the very fact that they are vilified and demonized….”

    Unfortunately you are accurate in your assessment. I have acquaintances who claim to be educated, but who would cringe at allowing anything or anyone to interfere with their patriotic beliefs. They consult Wikipedia for information and trust those entries to be accurately reflecting the truth. A loss of trust in their government would mean the end of their own self important identity.

    • Thanks for your comment handbesen…identity is a tricky notion.

      I doubt that I am the same person I was at birth even supposing the genomic-symbolic mainframe may seem more or less intact. Life experience itself changes us at a deep level, whatever our “educational” conceits and pretensions to self-knowledge.

      People are constantly in flux and instinctively adapt, even when they think otherwise or may have some fixed conscious perception of who they really are. Once that potentially traumatic (but liberating) realization dawns it can mean personal crisis, even breakdown ~ but if managed well, rather than “medicated” against, it will lead to breakthrough…

      Its a comforting disconnect to cling to the cultural wreckage so to speak, while all the indicators spell radical uncertainty. Often denial is the only security people have left, after all, it does take courage to really face the truth.

  6. That 7-proxies internet linkage is immensely difficult to listen to, so it would be great to have access to a transcript or perhaps even better, a written response from Ed Snowden to the questions at some juncture.

    The endorsement of Edward’s actions by Tim Berners-Lee is about as encouraging as it gets!

    Julian Assange articulates a remarkably deep perception @ around 25 mins ~ that our privacy, that is to say, our civilian space has been invaded and is under military occupation (by the corporate-industrial security state…) and later (@30ff) he avers there is a new body politic, a new society but @ 49ff “we’re all actually living in a world we don’t understand…(still)…a fictitious representation…an illusion…obscured by some kind of fog…every so often, a clearing in the fog happens when there’s one of these grand disclosures…”

    In short ~ a revelation, or what James Joyce called an epiphany.

    The world may be a political prison, but we should never forget there is a master key.

    That prison is built from ideas, it is ideological & therefore a culturally determined construct; so we have the capacity to re-configure it, to redeploy and revise those abused and perverted human resources and corrupt philosophical concepts, to the betterment and furtherance of a genuine open society ~ a thriving co-evolutionary “organon” that celebrates authentic freedom of thought and creative expression!

    • David , agree. but one must understand what it is like living in the American Empire. Unless people of my country know it effects them PERSONALLY, they just don’t have the will to do a damn thing about the NASA . for Television , Sports , and Cell Phones ..are the opiate of the people .

      • It’s a grim reality Rocket. People can often be extremely selfish and self-serving, but when that is transfigured into the acceptable norm, proactively encouraged and rewarded by vested interests ~ then we’ve got moral anarchy of stupendous proportions.

        I think the last hurrah may be ahead, as massive environmental health issues begin to compound the problem. The USA is accountable to nobody but “God” and the only real God most people understand is the one in whom they “trust” ~ the almighty dollar brand.

        • Much appreciated! as I particularly wanted to hear that part about oversight, that is extremely valuable.

          My immediate observation on this issue, that is so critically important and indeed, urgent, is how the debate and consultation over responsibility and accountability is conducted ~ by whom and where, through which organs and what media, how it is reported, related and conveyed throughout all the levels of a complex society.

          It simply is not good enough to throw up our hands and plead that cynicism is the rule, so apathy prevails. No, we should and must keep rattling the cages of the deceitful deep state.

          My own view is that the best way to exert maximum pressure is on local government ~ exposing patronage and corporate corruption, insisting that due process is representative and transparent, so that the debate can be conducted from our local ground, right up to the sky-dwelling penthouses of “privilege.”

        • One further point: how do we define “threat?” Whose “security” is at stake?

          To me it is abundantly clear, that my data may be perceived as a “threat” to some corporate entity or government, however my intentions are not destructive, only constructive.

          So we need to be absolutely lucid about what may be inferred as a potential danger (to anyone or any party) and what is actually a perfectly legitimate criticism, that should be not just “officially” tolerated, but in a truly open society, actively encouraged and lauded.

          The very fact that Manning and Assange and Snowden, and every other whistle-blower or prisoner of conscience, who can be held to be authentic and genuine ~ the very fact that they are vilified and demonized, is a devastating indictment and condemnation of the imploded “status quo” and speaks volumes about the depths of depravity and corruption that Western governments, “led” by the US have fallen prey to.

          The truth is the USA has become a victim of its own elitist, ecologically irresponsible and gluttonous ambition. This is not an enlightened nor an enlightening society, except in the totally negative sense ~ of showing us just how awful things can get, the hell that is unleashed, when we follow their yellow-cake road, paved with imperial intentions…

        • David , the drag about all of this is that we have the bill of rights that other countries don’t have , and we don’t appreciate it .

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