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

Spies on All Sides: We Can't Opt Out

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The government is tracking who you call and when. Snoops are reading your emails. Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and Yahoo are working with companies you’ve never heard of to compile deep, secret profiles of millions of us, sell the data, and make billions.
We're being surveilled from all sides.
This panel will address practical responses to the creeping techno-surveillance state. How are individuals and communities responding when so many of our private details are being hoovered up, in secret and for secret purposes? What are the best practices for navigating the spy-infested waters of the Internet?
We've reached a point in which opting-out is no longer an option. Instead, we must arm ourselves with new digital habits, policy solutions and grassroots pressure to protect our digital rights.



Josh Levy

Internet Campaign Dir

Free Press

Josh leads Free Press’ work to protect Internet freedom, stop government and corporate surveillance, secure public use of the public airwaves and promote universal access to high-speed Internet. Before joining Free Press, Josh was the managing editor of Change.org, where he supervised the launch of more than a dozen issue-based blogs.


Kade Crockford

Dir, ACLU of Massachusetts Technology for Liberty Project

American Civil Liberties Union Foundation

Kade Crockford is director of the Technology for Liberty project at the ACLU of Massachusetts where she edits and writes the Privacy Matters blog.

Nadia Kayyali


Electronic Frontier Foundation


Nathan Freitas


The Guardian Project

Nathan Freitas has been writing code since he was seven and hasn’t stopped looking for difficult problems to solve with software ever since. A lifelong mobile technology enthusiast, his career has included work on academic research projects, popular consumer gadgets, award-winning digital art pieces and groundbreaking technology for activism.

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