Haydn Kerr
Mar 18, 2014

From privacy to genetics to beacons: Six takeaways from SXSW

With over 800 sessions in just 5 days, SXSW Interactive is like Glastonbury for geeks. And it’s utterly impossible to summarise. But here are my key take-outs.

Haydn Kerr

1. Privacy is in the spotlight

SXSW14 will be remembered for who wasn’t there. The two biggest speakers had to dial in from exile. Julian Assange spoke over Skype from the Equadorian Embassy in London. And Ed Snowden beamed in from Russia via seven proxy servers.

But it was Google’s Eric Schmidt who began the debate around privacy, saying Google was “attacked” by the US government in 2013. Assange went...

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