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Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Fighting Surveillance Can Be Good for Business

Tuesday, March 17
3:30PM - 4:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon 3
110 E 2nd St

The Snowden disclosures have been bad news for many US tech companies. As foreign customers seek to protect themselves and their data from the NSA, the losses to US companies may run into the billions. In particular, the cloud computing sector and ad supported companies whose business models depend upon data collection are most at risk.

It doesn't have to be this way. The Snowden stories don't have to be bad news. A handful of US tech companies have realized that privacy can be a competitive advantage, that building secure products designed to resist surveillance and government coercion can be good for business. For such companies, the combination of paranoid engineering and a brave legal team have enabled them to offer products that protect user data from many threats, including those hand-delivered by men and women in dark suits.


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Alex Abdo

Staff Atty


Alex Abdo is a Staff Attorney in the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. He is counsel in the ACLU’s challenge to the NSA's phone-records program. He has been involved in the litigation...

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Matthew Prince



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

CloudFlare is Matthew's third entrepreneurial venture. CloudFlare was named a 2012 Technology Pione...

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