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

NSA, Spying and The Future of Online Business

#sxsw #NSA #Germanhaus #Hamburg


The NSA scandal is far from over. Not only do new revelations keep popping up, the ramifications for legislation, politics and businesses are still not entirely clear. Especially in Europe, trust in US internet companies, cloud services and the net as a whole have taken a severe hit.

Suggestions of country intranets that are supposed to keep data out of reach of foreign intelligence agencies are openly discussed, even by renowned business leaders. At the same time the pubic reaction to all the surveillance revelations is strangely muted.

Activists and privacy advocates discuss the impact of the NSA scandal in the USA and Europe - as well as possible ways ahead to keep the internet free and open.


Denelle Dixon-Thayer (Mozilla)

As Vice President and General Counsel, Denelle Dixon-Thayer leads Mozilla’s legal team and manages strategic partnerships and public policy initiatives. Denelle joined Mozilla in 2012 as Associate General Counsel after working as an outside advisor to the Project for several years.

Joe McNamee (EDRI)

Executive Director of European Digital Rights (EDRi), an association of 32 privacy and digital civil rights organisations from across Europe. He studied Modern Languages in Bristol Polytechnic (BA), European Politics (MA) in Swansea and International Law (LLM) at the Brussels Schools of International Studies.

Elizabeth Stark (Yale Law School)

A leader in the global free culture movement. She is a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, a Lecturer in Computer Science at Yale University, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU.


Dr. Christian Stöcker

Staff writer and editor for the
science and web-world desks at SPIEGEL ONLINE since 2005. Since 2011 he has headed up SPIEGEL ONLINE’s web, tech and media desk - "Netzwelt".

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