2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

playing to learn

Monday, March 16
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Hyatt Regency Austin
Zilker Ballroom 1
208 Barton Springs Rd

Information made public through police departments, lawsuits and FOIA requests are an essential component of public interest and accountability reporting. At the same time, intersecting datasets can quickly de-anonymize ordinary people, compromising their privacy and even putting them at risk. From publishing the addresses of gun permit holders in Westchester to online mugshot records to the Snowden revelations and the Right to be Forgotten, the meaning of privacy and the consequences of publishing have raised the stakes for journalists trying to responsibly work with sensitive sources and publish controversial stories. Alice Brennan, Fidel Martinez and Susan McGregor will discuss real-world journalism situations as well as strategies applicable to anyone looking to be more privacy-conscious in their online life.


#sxsw #dataethics


Alice Brennan

Investigative journalist


Alice Brennan is an award winning multimedia investigative journalist wkth more than a decade of experience in Australia and the US.
She has hosted, produced and researched her own radio shows and ...

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Fidel Martinez

Reporter & Editor


Fidel Martinez is a reporter and Modern Life editor at Fusion, the ABC/Univision joint venture. He covers Internet culture and technology. He has previously written about the 3-D printed gun moveme...

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Susan McGregor

Asst Dir, Tow Center for Digital Journalism

Columbia University Journalism School

Susan McGregor is Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. McGregor was the Senior Programmer on the News Graphics team at the Wall

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