2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

NSA & the Future of Web Users & Web Companies

#sxsw #NSAandYou

On Thursday, June 6, 2013, the PRISM story broke, shattering any trust we had in the US government with regards to online privacy. At a pinnacle point in technological advancement, the tech industry is now faced with the prospect of National Security Letters, data subpoenas and constant privacy and security concerns from customers. This panel will be a frank discussion about the NSA, online surveillance, and the privacy expectations from the perspective of both web users and web companies. This will be a conversation that presents the societal benefits of network analysis alongside the fears and concerns.



Brad Burnham


Union Square Ventures

Brad Burnham is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures. He started working in information technology with AT&T in 1979. Brad spun Echo Logic out of Bell Laboratories in 1989 and joined AT&T Ventures in 1993. Brad co-founded TACODA in 2001 before joining Fred to create Union Square Ventures in 2003. Brad majored in political science at Wesleyan University. He is married with two kids and lives in New York City.


Matthew Prince

Co-Founder & CEO


Matthew Prince is the co-founder & CEO of CloudFlare, the web performance and security company.

Matthew wrote his first computer program at age 7 when his mom would sneak him into university computer science courses. After attending law school, he worked as an attorney for one day before jumping at the opportunity to be a founding member of a tech startup. He hasn't looked back. CloudFlare is Matthew's third entrepreneurial venture. CloudFlare was named a 2012 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum and selected by the Wall Street Journal as the Most Innovative Internet Technology company for the last two years running. Today, CloudFlare accelerates and protects more than 1.5 million customers.

Matthew holds a degree in English and Computer Science from Trinity College. He graduated with highest honors from the Harvard Business School where he was a George F. Baker Scholar and was awarded the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship. He earned a JD from the University of Chicago and is a member of the Illinois Bar. He teaches technology law as an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School where he serves on the Board of Advisors for the Center for Information Technology and Privacy Law. He is also the co-creator of Project Honey Pot, the largest community of webmasters tracking online fraud and abuse. On the side, Matthew is a certified ski instructor, a former mountain guide, and a regular attendee of the Sundance Film Festival.


Nicholas Merrill

Exec Dir & Founder

The Calyx Institute

Nicholas Merrill is the Founder and Executive Director of The Calyx Institute - a non-profit education and research organization devoted to studying, testing and developing and implementing privacy technology and tools to promote free speech, free expression, civic engagement and privacy rights on the Internet and in the Mobile telephone industry.

Nick has spoken in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC before the 2010 Congressional class, at the Personal Democracy Forum, at the CCC Congress in Berlin, at the Turing Festival in Edinburgh Scotland, at the HOPE conference in NYC, and at the PopTech conference in Camden Maine. He has written two op-eds in the Washington Post, and has been profiled in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired magazine, and in the journal of the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Trevor Timm

Exec Dir

Freedom Of The Press Foundation

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