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

Out of Bounds: The Rise of A-National Companies

Sunday, March 15
9:30AM - 10:30AM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon K
500 E 4th St

From tax evasion to privacy breaches, large digital companies have a tendency to challenge the traditional limits of business operation. But despite their questionable integrity, the shiny façade continues to seduce us. Consciously or unconsciously, we use their services every day, we want to work at their cool offices, and we see them as representations of the future.

And although public decision makers are often outraged at the behavior of these companies, governments, too, enlist the help of these digital giants to communicate, develop massive surveillance tools, or perform many other services.

This inconsistency presses us to ask: how are we to reconcile the public interests of citizens with the private interests of consumers and a-national companies in this new digital age?


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Benoît Thieulin


Conseil National du Numérique

Benoît Thieulin is the founder and managing director of the industry-leading Digital and Social Media Agency La Netscouade (www.lanetscouade.com). In 2013, he was appointed chairman of the official...

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Jacques Cremer

Searcher Professor

Toulouse School of Economics

Jacques Cremer is the Director of Research CNRS, GREMAQ, at the University of Toulouse I, and a Fellow of the Council of the Econometric Society. He has also served as a Professor at the École ...

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Jeffrey Chester

Exec Dir

Jeff Chester is Executive Director of the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), a Washington, DC nonprofit. CDD is one of the leading NGOs advocating for consumers on digital privacy and consumer protection issues.


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