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Friday, March 13
 

11:00am

Get Big Things Done with Connectional Intelligence
For the first time in history we’re all in touch with one another digitally, but how connected are we when it comes to getting big things done?
Yes, it’s good to have “friends” who “like” you or contacts that can help you get a new job. However, solving big problems, creating amazing products, changing social policy, and discovering a cure that saves lives are all much more meaningful than sitting at a laptop and giving a thumbs up to a post or feverishly playing a game. That’s what Connectional Intelligence is all about.
Connectional Intelligence is the human capability to pool knowledge and ambition towards big, significant ends. It quickly, efficiently, and creatively helps individuals enlist helpers, analyze information, and find solutions. Learn how to use it and harness it in this reading with leading expert and author, Erica Dhawan.

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Speakers
avatar for Erica Dhawan

Erica Dhawan

CEO, Cotential
Erica Dhawan is the co-author of the new book: Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence. She is a globally recognized leadership expert and keynote speaker who is driving innovation across cultures and generations. Considered to be one of the today’s most provocative... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 11:20am
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

11:30am

How Stress Can Guide Us to Health and Happiness
What if our culture's narrative about stress as a modern plight represents an incomplete picture, one that also does us a disservice? Amanda Enayati challenges many of our long-held assumptions about stress, separating myth from reality when it comes to what is commonly referred to as the health epidemic of the 21st century. Weaving together stories and research from science, history, philosophy and diverse faiths, she tells a fascinating tale that begins with the behind-the-scenes machinations of corporate villains and ends in the power of our stories to shape our realities.

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Speakers
avatar for Amanda Enayati

Amanda Enayati

Columnist & Author, CNN, PBS, other media outlets
Amanda Enayati is an Iranian-American author and columnist. She has examined stress and the quest for well-being and life balance during difficult times since the launch of her Seeking Serenity series on CNN Health in 2011. Her essays about happiness, creativity, technology, and identity... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 11:30am - 11:50am
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

#nofilter: Pros and Cons of Constant Connection
What is the true cost of being connected online 24/7? Is what we get worth what we give up? These are the conversations we will have with #NoFilters: The Pros and Cons of Constant Connection. We’ll examine how technology is evolving human behavior in business, education, advertising, pop culture, parenting and more, and how it is changing our ideas of privacy, entertainment and our own sense of self. Then we'll discuss the benefits and possible consequences of these emerging digital experiences.

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Speakers
avatar for Krystine Batcho

Krystine Batcho

Professor, Le Moyne College
Krystine Batcho, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and a professor in the Psychology Department at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. She makes regular contributions as an expert on the Psychology Today website. Her research has ranged from early work in human-computer interaction... Read More →
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AJ Scherbring

Assoc Creative Dir, Digitaria
avatar for Jenny Stoltenow

Jenny Stoltenow

Post-it(R) Brand Mktg Communications Mgr, 3M
A marketing professional experienced in transforming brands, leading cross-functional teams and managing the development and implementation of strategic communications campaigns, Jenny has over 12 years experience working across both corporate and agency businesses.
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Paul Tyma

Co-Founder, Refresh
Paul is a serial (and sometimes parallel) entrepreneur and technologist. He takes ideas and turns them into products at an astounding pace. He’s a former Googler, founded Preemptive Solutions and Home-Account, built and runs the Mailinator email service, and is a recognized author... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

New Social Networks Are Changing Entire Industries
Facebook. LinkedIn. Twitter. They’re household social channels we’ve experimented with and grown accustomed to over the years. But what would happen if social entrepreneurs fueled by hundreds of millions in capital applied social principles to entire industries? And what would that mean to the brands trying to have more direct conversations with the customers and prospects? It would represent a monumental shift in the social industry. And it’s happening.
More than $1 billion has been invested in the networks that are defining and capturing millions of professionals in entire industries – education, healthcare, technology, architecture/design, and many others. They’re connecting buyers and sellers in more direct ways, fostering direct conversations between users, and reshaping how brands think about reaching and engaging with their users. It’s the great unbundling of social and it's happening now.
Presented by SpiceWorks

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Speakers
CD

Carmel DeAmicis

Social Media Journalist, GigaOM
Carmel DeAmicis is all about that Face...book, that is. She covers social media and the consumer web for Gigaom and gets her kicks annoying poor Uber PR people.
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Nate Gross

Co-Founder, Doximity
Dr. Nate Gross is the co-founder of Doximity, the leading physician network used by more than 50% of US doctors. He is also co-founder of Rock Health, the seed accelerator for health startups. He holds an M.D. from Emory University School of Medicine and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business... Read More →
avatar for Jay Hallberg

Jay Hallberg

Co-Founder & CEO, Spiceworks
In 2006, Jay Hallberg co-founded Spiceworks, which has grown into the professional social network for the IT industry. With more than 5 million IT professionals using Spiceworks, it’s transforming how over $1 trillion worth of technology products and services are managed, marketed... Read More →
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Manish Kothari

GM Platform, Edmodo
Manish Kothari is General Manager for Platform at Edmodo. Used by over 60% of US teachers, and in over 300,000 schools worldwide, Edmodo is the world's leading and largest collaborative learning platform for kindergarten through 12th grade (K12) teachers, students & parents.


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

The Internet: F@#% Free Speech, F@#% Fair Use
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
In a world where patent and copyright trolls, trademark bullies, fraudsters, and IP and domain squatters abound, what can you do to protect your Internet business? Attendees will gain insight into the mindset and goals of these quasi-villains and learn practical advice and strategies for successfully battling with them – or avoiding them altogether.
The presentation will include an overview of the legal framework that allows trolls/bullies/fraudsters/squatters to thrive; case studies and war stories demonstrating how they might brutalize your company; and effective ways you can avoid and defend against them. Learn how to avoid making your company a target; identify the pressure points of the “bad guys”; and when it makes sense for your company to adopt the tactics of the “enemy.”

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Speakers
avatar for Sarah Feingold

Sarah Feingold

Counsel, Etsy
Born an artist, Sarah decided the best way to protect creative folk like herself was to become an attorney.
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David Wong

Atty, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
David is a partner with Barnes & Thornburg LLP where he is a member of the Intellectual Property Department and Chairman of the Internet and Technology Law Group. His practice focuses on Internet law, technology, media, intellectual property counseling, risk management, prosecution... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Why Is My Company More Transparent Than My Family?
Why are we getting so good at creating transparency in the workplace, but still seem to be stumbling around in the dark when it comes to our most important job, our family? At a time when no one person “runs” the family anymore, and everyone is expected to pull their own weight, how can family tech keep up with family living?
In this serious but not-so-serious presentation, we’ll make the argument that as relatively good people, it’s not actually our intention to be less-than honest with our family, nor is it fun to be the only one in the family holding the burden of information. We just need to find ways that actually make sharing information, and therefore sharing life with these people, more satisfying and less frustrating.
We’ll present some of the surprising holes in family transparency we found while researching and building DJED, the family app, and talk about how families are changing faster than the technology that's supposed to be making their lives better.
Presented by DJED

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Speakers
avatar for Darren Reid

Darren Reid

CEO, Djed Studios LLC
Darren is the founder and CEO of DJED, an application for families to publish, securely store, and share content where privacy matters. Darren has founded several successful enterprise Internet companies with customers and users in many countries around the world. Darren and his family... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Trusted Filters and the Rise of Data Loyalty
There is so much information in the universe—too much to know—for one person to experience even a small fraction of it first hand. We have always trusted those around us to help filter and synthesize input to make sense of it.
As computer mediated communication rises, are we losing the human touch when it comes to trust? Are we becoming increasingly loyal to the systems that hold our data, dependent on them to use algorithmic—rather than altruistic—trusted filters?

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Speakers
avatar for Jason CranfordTeague

Jason CranfordTeague

SR Creative Director, Capital One
As a long standing leader in the Web design community, Jason is well know for being able to explain complex technical concepts to non-technical audiences. He has been watching the ways in which we are forming new eco-systems of trust in the computer mediated mediums that permeate... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 3:45pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Behind the Social at PBS' Largest Content Provider
Calling all armchair appraisers and Cumberfans! Find out how Antiques Roadshow, Masterpiece, American Experience and The World - some of public media's most popular TV and radio shows - create unique and sharable social media content with a fraction of the budget and staff of the for-profit networks.
This panel feeds a combined 1.5 million fans on Facebook and Twitter every day. But how do you keep your brand on people's minds when you're not on the air year-round? How do you make Faberge interesting to someone who loves folk art? How do you promote Downton Abbey when you don't have the legal rights to use a photo of... oh wait, we can't use their name either.
By now we know social media best practices: Post regularly! Show your personality! Engage with fans! We'll dig deeper than that. We want to bring you behind the curtain and share our tips for producing quality content on a public media budget. Use #WGBHSocial to send us questions!

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Speakers
avatar for Hannah Auerbach

Hannah Auerbach

Account Exec, Antiques Roadshow PBS
Hannah Auerbach is an account executive in national marketing and promotions for Antiques Roadshow on PBS. Hannah leads and manages all of Antiques Roadshow's social media accounts. Just shy of its 20th anniversary, the series is equal parts history lesson and treasure hunt and is... Read More →
avatar for Molly Jacobs

Molly Jacobs

Sr Producer/Digital Content/Strategy, American Experience — PBS
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Tory Starr

Social Media Producer, PRI's The World
Tory joined the PRI's The World newsroom in September 2012 as the program’s first social media producer, responsible for program’s social properties with a focus on the show’s SafeMode and Human Needs beats.
avatar for Olivia Wong

Olivia Wong

Sr Account Exec, Natl Mktg, MASTERPIECE/WGBH
Olivia Wong is a Senior Account Executive at WGBH National Marketing, responsible for publicity and brand strategy for the PBS MASTERPIECE television series, as well as launching and leading the series' social media presence since 2008. Prior to joining MASTERPIECE in 2004, Wong worked... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Dan McKernan
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Dan McKernan

Dan McKernan

UX/UI Design Dir, InspireHUB Inc
Dan is a seasoned multimedia, marketing, advertising and creative director with several years of experience providing leadership, development and industry expertise to the organizations he has supported. As InspireHUB’s UX/UI DesignDirector, the leader of the Creative team, Dan... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

Mosh Pit of Experts 2015: The Future of Social
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Enough of the pontificating panel! In a rapid and fast paced (gameshow like) session, we put the audience (that means YOU) in the hot seat as the experts on the future of social. A combination of format (lightning round game show), audience participation, and quick witted MCs add up to a rare combination of laughter and learning. Audience members are encouraged to capture the event with Instagram, Vine or the TBD imaging app we will all be talking about in March 2105. This is our fourth year (Four-Peat). The insights from brands, agencies and consultants are fascinating. You will be cheered and revered by your fellow audience members (or not). Fun and insightful, this session promises more help in preparing for the future of social than anything else in your future!

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Speakers
SD

Sam Decker

Board Member, Spredfast
Sam Decker is a current member of the Spredfast board. Sam most recently served as the CEO and co-founder of Mass Relevance (now Spredfast). Prior to Mass Relevance, Sam was founding Chief Marketing Officer at Bazaarvoice, a provider of SaaS social commerce technologies serving over... Read More →
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Sean McDonald

Managing Dir, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Currently Sean is a leader with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, working with large enterprises generating customized social strategies. In 2009, Sean joined the new start up, Ant's Eye View and established the Austin office. Sean spent 12 years at Dell in executive positions in Marketing... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Security of Things: Who Will Save Us?
Society is hurtling towards a world of hyper convenience and adaptive omniscience.
Two years ago, the “Internet of Things” was just beginning its rise as one of the most buzzed-about topics of the technology world. Now, smarthomes are a reality, our phones and wearable computers are the command line of our lives, and a slew of new, connected gadgets hit the marketplace every year (even toilets aren’t off limits).
A parallel shift is happening in the security world, as threats and attackers become more sophisticated, cyberespionage becomes a real-world concern, and a new data breach makes headlines practically each day.
As technology becomes increasingly personal and intrusive into our private lives, the consequences of security failures will be more severe. This talk will explain how we got here, where we’re heading, why the hacking community plays a pivotal role, and how to protect yourself when the lines between public and private blur.

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Speakers
avatar for Nicholas Percoco

Nicholas Percoco

VP, Strategic Svcs, Rapid7
Nicholas J. Percoco is vice president of strategic services at Rapid7. In his role he leads a team that advises customers on how to mitigate and respond to threats using data driving analysis to empower more relevant, timely, and impactful decisions. Over the past decade, Nicholas... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Sex, Lies, and the Internet
"The Internet hates women," is the insight Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters, gave his teenage boys as they started to surf the web on their own. He explained that if they're not part of the solution, they might very well be part of the problem. It's true, some people online clearly do hate women, and their hostile and harassing behavior has turned some of the web into an unsafe workplace and an unequal public space.
While many of the panelists (Amanda Hess of Slate.com, Allyson Kapin of Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign, Rinku Sen of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and Colorlines, and Emily May of Hollaback!) have examples of online harassment that are too numerous to recount, none of that makes them exceptional. It just makes them, and many others, women with an Internet connection. This panel will wrestle with how to fight online harassment and mob mentality, and why this issue matters to all of us.

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Speakers
avatar for Katherine Cross

Katherine Cross

PhD Candidate, Suny State University in New York
Katherine Cross is a Ph.D student at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and a sociologist of gender who focuses on the virtual world. Her academic writing explores roleplaying, virtual embodiment, and more recently, online harassment and its causes. Her academic work... Read More →
avatar for Allyson Kapin

Allyson Kapin

Founder, Rad Campaign and Women Who Tech
Allyson has been named one of the “Most Influential Women in Tech” by Fast Company, a "Tech Titan" by the Washingtonian and one of the top 30 women entrepreneurs to follow on Twitter by Forbes for her leadership role in technology and social media.
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Emily May

Exec Dir, Hollaback!
Emily May is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of hollaback!
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Rinku Sen

Pres, Race Forward
Rinku Sen is the President and Executive Director of Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and the Publisher of the award-winning news site Colorlines. Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Technology in Higher Ed Meet Up
We get it. We work in technology in higher ed, too. We’re with you. And working in higher ed often means we face different hurdles than those in the public sector. SXSW provides a fascinating opportunity for us to network and learn about new interactive technology ideas and discoveries, but how can we bring this knowledge back to our jobs in higher ed? Presented by Penn State University
Let’s meet up and figure it out together! Oh, and to sweeten the deal, there may just be food that you don’t have to count against your budget.
Presented by Penn State University.

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Speakers
avatar for Cynde Fleagle

Cynde Fleagle

Web Developer, Penn State University
KM

Kevin Morooney

Vice Provost for Information Technology, Penn State University
Kevin Morooney has worked at Penn State since 1988 in a variety of capacities. He started his employment at Penn State in the support of faculty research and over time added responsibilities for enterprise wise IT services as well as emerging technologies. Prior to coming to Penn... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 502-503 110 E 2nd St

3:45pm

Beyond BFFs: Using Texting to Promote Empathy
Each day, people send billions of text messages. The ubiquity of texting makes it one of the most powerful modes of connecting with people in the digital age. But can texting help us build a sense of empathy for others, even beyond our friends, family and colleagues? Dr. Sara Konrath, Assistant Professor at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, explores the development of new SMS tools designed to help build empathy in teens and the research behind them.

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Speakers
avatar for Sara Konrath

Sara Konrath

Asst Professor & Dir, Interdisciplinary Program, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Dr. Sara Konrath is an Assistant Professor at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Dr. Konrath is the director of the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research (iPEAR), a research lab with a primary focus on empathy, altruism, and other-focused... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:45pm - 4:00pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

4:00pm

Rethinking Privacy in the Internet of Things
One of the hottest trends that will hit organizations in 2015 is the rise of the Internet of Things. With the mass boom in online profiles, companies will very soon be dealing with millions to billions of ID challenges and creating a need for Consumer Identity Management (CIM). Traditional Enterprise Identity Management software struggles to deal with more than 100,000 separate IDs. (Think about it…how many companies have more than 100,000 employees, so why should their ID management solutions operate at web scale?)
When you add new technology like the Internet of Things and the huge amount of device profiles and attributes created per sensor (like Hue lights or Nest thermostats), the number of data points and identities can reach the billions pretty quickly. This also brings security issues and usage problems to the forefront – and nobody is talking about this quite yet.

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Speakers
SS

Steve Shoaff

CEO, UnboundID
Steve defines the vision and overall business strategy for UnboundID. He is inter-nationally recognized as a trusted adviser on identity and security issues for Global 100 companies. At Sun Microsystems, he served as Technical Director and Chief of Staff for the Identity Management... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

The Contagion Cookbook
There was a time when the power of what we now call "content creation" resided in the hands of the few—ad agencies, TV networks, record labels, and other dinosaurs. Things have changed. The parity between big budget and DIY production techniques has skyrocketed in nearly every field, while the number and caliber of new competitors for the cultural spotlight trace a comparable path.
How do enterprising creatives stand out in a world where fresh, engaging content is available in abundance, and the field of content creators grows more crowded with each day? The answer lies in learning to stimulate a true cultural wake—beyond popularity or "virality"—that fundamentally reshapes our cultural norms and behaviors.
Why do we propose with diamonds? Why do we drink Coronas with lime? "The Contagion Cookbook" examines the way seemingly organic cultural norms can be fabricated by the savvy content creator, and offers a framework for driving behavioral adoption on a mass scale.

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Speakers
avatar for Marcus Collins

Marcus Collins

Exec Dir of Social Engagement, Translation
Marcus Collins is a culturally curious thinker with an academic insight into the cognitive drivers that impact consumer behavior. He currently leads the Social Engagement practice across the agency at Translation (translationllc.com), leveraging the psychological motivators that drive... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

#FeelingBeautiful: Social Media and Women's Egos
#FeelingBeautiful: We all know that the amount of time we spend on social platforms has a direct effect on how we see ourselves as women. The pressure to post images showing off thin thighs, perfect skin and sexy poses is not just on teenagers. Recent studies have linked plastic surgery requests and eating disorders to social media habits. But, thankfully, there is another side that has emerged — a side of positivity that includes pop performers like John Legend and Meghan Trainor; ad campaigns like "Like a Girl" and grass-root efforts like the #NoFilterProject. How can we collectively use social media to help build confidence among women and girls? What can we do as individuals? How do we feel about brands who are jumping on this bandwagon? Do their messages work?
The conversation will include author Katherine Schwarzenegger, television host Amanda de Cadenet and blogger Gabi Gregg. Led by InStyle's Angela Matusik.

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Speakers
avatar for Amanda de Cadenet

Amanda de Cadenet

Owner & Founder, The Conversation Group
A television personality, renowned photographer and entrepreneur, Amanda de Cadenet has evolved her body of work with an intriguing perspective and uncanny ability to render the truth through the art of storytelling.
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Gabi Gregg

Founder, Blogger, Gabi Fresh
Gabi Gregg is the LA-based brand consultant and blogger who started her site, GabiFresh.com in 2008 after noticing the lack of fashion resources for plus size young women. One of the first blogs of its kind, GabiFresh mixes style advice, outfits, and body positivity while rejecting... Read More →
avatar for Angela Matusik

Angela Matusik

Exec Editor/Digital, InStyle Magazine
Angela Matusik is the Executive Editor of Digital at InStyle. In addition to overseeing day-to-day publishing at InStyle.com, Matusik also leads the brand's social media strategy across all platforms–with a total reach of over 7.8 million. With nearly twenty years experience, she... Read More →
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Katherine Schwarzenegger

Lifestyle Expert & Author, katherineschwarzenegger.com
Katherine Schwarzenegger, twenty-four, is an author, activist, and entre preneur. She is also the bestselling author of Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty from Someone Who’s Been There and Back. A recent graduate of the University of Southern California... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Don't Hire Robots: The Human Touch in Social Media
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
As the world becomes increasingly digital, companies need to watch out for automation when it comes to communicating with customers. Automation can take many forms, but the most common are 1) social aggregation tools that find relevant content in your niche (which is good) and 2) employees who take an assembly-line approach to content (which is bad).
Having the human touch when it comes to social media is the best way to forge a link between an organization and its supporters (read: customers). Don't hire robots: choose employees who are willing to own social media by becoming brand ambassadors and the main point of connection with customers, who then become brand ambassadors in turn.
Join Jeanette Gibson, Hootsuite's VP of Customer Experience & Community, in a session on how to enable your employees to become social without becoming robots.

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Speakers
avatar for Jeanette Gibson

Jeanette Gibson

Vice Pres, Community & Customer Experience, Hootsuite
Passionate about social media, technology and building and activating online communities, Jeanette brings 20 years of digital marketing and communications experience in the technology sector to HootSuite. In her role as VP of Community at HootSuite, Jeanette is responsible for managing... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Perks of Being a SXSW Newbie
SXSW Interactive brings the most creative to Austin from around the world. When you surround yourself with 40,000 others like you it can be really overwhelming, especially if it is your first time to SXSW. Wouldn't it be helpful to get tips and inside information of how to make the most of your time from an expert?
Sweet John Muehlbauer has over 18 years of SXSW Interactive experience, learning from some of the best networkers and speakers over the years of how to make the most out of being a SXSW Interactive badge holder. Seeing the conference from behind the scenes as a volunteer and staff member to being a registrant, guerrilla marketer, and speaker has helped him gather a unique insider view that no other has. Get a crash course on making the most of your first time at SXSW Interactive (and Film too) and become the person-in-the-know for next year!
You made the right choice by purchasing that badge. Don't you want to make the most if it?

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Speakers
avatar for Sweet John Muehlbauer

Sweet John Muehlbauer

Dir of Social Media, SiteGoals LLC
Since 1997 "Sweet John" has been discovering the wonders of the SXSW Conference and Festival. Having experienced many aspects of the conference from being a volunteer, staffer, and registrant he is well-versed in the "ways of the fest". There is nothing better than the creative energy... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

The Meet Up Organizer's Meet Up
Perhaps you already have a Meet Up, searching for ways to grow the member base; perhaps you are planning on founding a Meet Up group. Let's get together and discuss what makes a Meet Up successful and drives members.
We will be exchanging experiences on how to identify the components necessary to found, grow, and operate a successful technology meetup group:
- How do you get started?
- How do you find members?
- How to find a venue?
- How to finance your meetup?
- Opportunities to profit making?
- How to find and organize helpers?
Johan is the Organizer of the Co-founders Austin Meetup, which grew within 4 years to 2,600 members - one of the largest in the US. The Co-founders Meetup is a non-profit monthly pitch and networking event driving each month 120+ co-founders to come together. Out of the experience with the Co-founders Meetup, we built the TechMap, a free targeted member platform, available to meetups globally.

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Speakers
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Tony Mai

Chief Operating Officer, PitchDeals.com
Tony Mai had more than 10 years experience with IBM in various roles and capacities including Software Development, Database Design, Project Management, and Agile and Lean Development. He has good understanding of user data and user acquisition through using big data and datamining... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 504 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

The Real Risks of 'Keepin' It Real'
“Is this profile I am looking at real or fake?” “How much credit can I put into this review?” "Will the things that I do today come back to haunt me in the future?"
Building trust is necessary and tireless work. Now more than ever, the peer economy, social media, and recommendation engines are tasked with defining what's acceptable and what data is shared. Online and real world identities are colliding. As the diversity of services and users proliferate, current approaches to trust systems are becoming more consequential.
This panel explores the tension between trust, confidentiality and social identity. The audience will walk away with perspectives from digital activism and cultural expression when translating trust into technical systems. We'll share findings on global opinions towards tech and privacy and its critical role to business. Join us for a critique of current strategies and their longer-term impact on the communities, societies, and networks we seek to protect and grow.

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Speakers
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Denise Cheng

Peer Economy Expert
Denise Cheng has an eclectic background as an expert and practitioner in community building, the future of news, civic technology, and labor in the peer economy. Denise has spoken, written, and been quoted widely by NPR, Harvard Business Review, NextCity, the New Museum, and others... Read More →
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Jenn Louie

Head of Trust & Safety, Meetup
Jenn heads the Community Trust & Safety team at Meetup, the world's largest network of local groups with the mission to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Her role is to ensure Meetup communities are safe, honest and happy both online and in... Read More →
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Matt Stempeck

Dir of Civic Technology, Microsoft
Matt’s a civic technologist. He’s studied and built creative technologies in advocacy, politics, startups, news media, and peer-to-peer humanitarian aid. He became a Master of Science at the MIT Media Lab's Center for Civic Media, and is now serving as Director of Civic Technology... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

When Quickies Aren’t Satisfying: Loyalty on Social
The social media payoff is expected to be nearly instantaneous. You like it? Click “buy now,” get a discount code or print a coupon. But several industries don’t have that luxury of the quick link of social to sale. The reality is that many brands often sell product across multiple markets (and countries) that cost thousands of dollars. And that business scenario doesn't lend itself to a quick click to buy. But that doesn't mean these brands can't leverage social in their long purchase cycle or implement social to improve life after purchase. Hear how executives at General Motors, Marriott Rewards, and Polaris have connected the dots from consideration to purchase to post-purchase in a way that builds long-term relationships with their millions of diverse, online consumers. Key topics will include: combatting complex, lengthy sales cycles and building long-term relationships with potential/recent/unlikely consumers–all while managing multiple international brands.
Presented by Oracle

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Speakers
EB

Erika Brookes

VP of Oracle Social Cloud, Oracle
avatar for Rebecca Harris

Rebecca Harris

Global Social Media Strategist, General Motors
I’ve been at GM for 23+ years and it has been a terrific ride as I’ve had the opportunity to work in several different areas and experience multiple assignments across the organization.
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Michelle Lapierre

Sr Dir Customer Experience and Social Media, Marriott Rewards
Michelle is on the leadership team of Marriott Rewards, voted best hospitality loyalty program with 18 brands in 72 countries and over 48 million members worldwide. She sets the strategic direction for the Marriott Rewards social media channels to drive new member enrollment, engagement... Read More →
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Holly Spaeth

Manager, Interactive Media & Content, Polaris Industries
Holly Spaeth is a digital marker with a background that varies from SEO to Sponsored Search to Social Media Strategy. She is responsible for creating specialized social media departments at two separate digital marketing agencies and brought this know-how to a third to advance their... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Radisson Town Lake Riverside Ballroom 111 E Cesar Chavez

5:00pm

Working Moms Meet Up
No single event in a woman’s life asks more questions of her career than adding a baby to the family. Suddenly, you’re faced with time constraints to accommodate drop-off and pick-up and flipping a coin with your partner to see who will stay home with the sick child.
We’re asked to LEAN IN when a sleepless night with a crying child makes you want to wave the white flag. Every day, we’re making important decisions at our jobs, and yet, the little logistical things like getting everyone out the door seem to continually stump us.
Let’s meet up, swap tips on how to survive as a working mom and support each other in this crazy journey. Whether it’s a helpful app or connecting with other moms through a forum, we all need ways to make it to bedtime.
Oh, and there will be an old breast pump that we can take turns smashing (then recycling the parts). Cuz we’ve all thought about it.

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Speakers
avatar for Terri Koen

Terri Koen

Sr. Account Planner
Terri Koen is a brand strategist in Austin, TX, and she also writes a yoga blog at FindingDrishti.com. As a 11 year veteran in advertising, she has a deep understanding of how consumers use social media to build personal relationships, experience in and passion for qualitative primary... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 509 110 E 2nd St

5:15pm

When Haters Show Up in Your Social Stream
We've all seen an argument or controversy unfold on social media…and breathed a sigh of relief knowing we aren't at the center of it. But what happens when you're the one in the line of fire, faced with tough critics on your social channels? It can be a lifelong friend who has a very different opinion of things or someone you've never heard of – understanding your options so you can weigh them carefully creates a toolbox to tap into in the heat of the moment.
Being prepared for potential controversy and developing a communications strategy are key to managing through a difficult online conversation. The Difference can mean keeping relationships in tact. Learn from someone who has managed through controversial subjects, and effectively built and maintained social relationships in spite of challenging conversations. The session will assist participants in determining determining a strategy to accomplish their online goals, and offer tips for a full range of social media activities.

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Speakers
avatar for Janice Person

Janice Person

Online Engagement Dir, Monsanto
I'm a city girl who found my way to #agriculture and have spent my career here working with a variety of crops & projects, but esp #cotton and biotech. I have been blogging personally for years and recently put those skills to work doing social media outreach for Monsanto. My hometown... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:15pm - 5:30pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

5:30pm

Wi-Fi Privacy: When Sniffing Becomes Snooping
Image that your daily activities are being recorded and collected: your early morning jog in the park, your daily trip to the local coffee shop, your commute to work. No, we’re not referencing the NSA. We are referring to an emerging class of location-based marketing companies that sniff out signals emitted from Wi-Fi-enabled smartphones (Wi-Fi sniffing) to better understand your habits based off of your location – where you go, how often, how long you stay there, what time you generally visit, and more! All this information is being used to construct a profile that businesses are using for marketing purposes.
As the location based marketing industry grows, privacy concerns arise. This session will explore these concerns including how much meaning a location can have, what are the legal and ethical privacy issues around this practice, what consumers and businesses should expect from Wi-Fi sniffing technology as the practice takes off, and how to opt out.

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Speakers
AT

Adam Tyler

Chief Innovation Officer, CSID
As CSID’s Chief Innovation Officer, Adam will lead the charge to promote innovation in technology, including product development, service offerings and data. Adam started his career working for IBNet, where he developed multiple key technologies and programs to help protect corporate... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:30pm - 5:45pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center
 
Saturday, March 14
 

9:30am

Are You in a Social Media Experiment?
In their 2009 Science article, “Computational Social Science”, David Lazer and colleagues wrote that our online activity “leaves digital traces that can be compiled into comprehensive pictures of both individual and group behavior, with the potential to transform our understanding of our lives, organizations, and societies.” Six years later, academia and industry alike are compiling like mad, and there’s a good chance you’re a part of the data they’re looking at – consider, for example, Facebook’s much-criticized study attempting to study “emotional contagion” by manipulating users’ news feeds. Is that burst of activity good or bad for you as a social media user? What sorts of things are researchers trying to learn, and why? This panel of academic and industry experts on social media analysis and experimentation will talk about the issues from technological (what’s possible?), policy (what’s appropriate?), and commercial (what’s it good for?) perspectives.

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Speakers
avatar for Jason Baldridge

Jason Baldridge

Chief Scientist, People Pattern
Jason Baldridge, PhD, is co-founder and Chief Scientist at People Pattern, the first audience intelligence platform based on data science that uncovers and analyzes the unique “Who” behind audiences. People Pattern optimizes efforts in market research, content management, lead... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Golbeck

Jennifer Golbeck

Assoc Professor of Information Studies & Dir of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, University of Maryland
Jennifer Golbeck is Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and an Associate Professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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Philip Resnik

Professor, University of Maryland
Philip Resnik is a professor at the University of Maryland, with appointments in Linguistics and at the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, and his entrepreneurial experience includes being technical co-founder of CodeRyte (clinical natural language processing, acquired in 2012... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Zhou

Michelle Zhou

Co-Founder & CEO, Juji Inc
Dr. Michelle Zhou is a co-founder and CEO of Juji, Inc. (www.juji.io), a high-tech startup specializing in helping users automatically discover their individuality traits, such as major strengths and weaknesses, motivators and turnoffs, and cognitive and emotional DNAs, from their... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Digital Shift: Tomorrow's Relationships and Ideals
Technology and the rapid pace of innovation is having a profound effect upon all of our lives. Take for instance the influence that digital spaces – from chat rooms and blogs through to social networks – have exerted upon our real world identities and our relationships with others.
Yet looking forward, we can only begin to anticipate what the arrival of some of the latest and greatest ‘game changing’ technologies may have upon who we are in the future. From the latest generation of wearables and the biometric revolution, through to Oculus Rift and the future of virtual reality, along with great excitement and possibility comes great tension and concern surrounding how our lives may transform.
This discussion will explore some of the transformations that may be in store for us in the next ten years as some of today’s most cutting edge innovations become seemingly more pervasive in our daily lives.

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Speakers
avatar for Daniel Bluzer-Fry

Daniel Bluzer-Fry

Sr Planner, The Lab Strategy
Prior to working at The Lab, Daniel received numerous awards for excellence at Monash University and worked as a freelance researcher and brand planner through Asia.
avatar for Kristy Richards

Kristy Richards

Dir, The Lab Strategy
Kristy is a Strategy Director at The Lab – a research driven strategic consultancy that helps brands through being at the forefront of emergent cultural trends.


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

NextGen Privacy: Educating Kids in A Digital World
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Before you put that iPad into a pair of tiny hands, have you discussed with your children and family best practices for staying safe online? In this core conversation, experts will lead a group discussion about educating kids about privacy and Internet safety at home, at school, and in the community. Author Janell Burley Hofmann and the Center for Identity’s Katie Stephens will highlight the techniques and tools each community outlet employs to teach kids. Discuss family social contracts and suggested reading for parents. Learn about the Center’s curriculum module, game, community outreach, and online efforts. Share your experiences to help empower other attendees to continue this conversation in their communities, to help protect all children online.

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Speakers
avatar for Janell Burley Hofmann

Janell Burley Hofmann

Author, writer & consultant
Janell Burley Hofmann is the author of the book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up. She is also a speaker and consultant on topics like technology, media, health, relationships and personal growth. Janell Burley Hofmann... Read More →
avatar for Katie Stephens

Katie Stephens

Education Program Mgr, The University of Texas Center for Identity
Katie Stephens is the education program manager at the Center for Identity at the University of Texas at Austin. She develops education programs, classroom curriculum and interactive learning tools for the Center for Identity’s public resource center on identity theft, management... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

World War A: Humans vs Algorithms
Our world is saturated with personal data. So much so that personal data is a sought after commodity that readily feeds an infrastructure of surveillance. This infrastructure is driven by the algorithms created by corporations that govern it. These systems of surveillance control us by using our past behavioral data to shape our opportunities and manipulate our future behaviors. The more these systems know about us, the more they filter and algorithmically shape our decision-making opportunities. The result is a continuous spiral of data collection and forced identity augmentation. When the systems that govern our society are capable of such control and manipulation, we lose our perception of self and become vulnerable under their gaze. Sous, Inc. explores how dynamic media technologies can expose the invasive existence of surveillance and, act as a shield of privacy. Their products investigate an alternative lifestyle in the modern world of digitized information.

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Speakers
avatar for Ceren Paydas

Ceren Paydas

Designer/Researcher, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Ceren is a visual artist born in Istanbul, Turkey. She earned her BFA in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design at Sabanci University, where she created public installations, photography, and short films on the theme of voyeurism. Ceren has been featured as a visiting artist... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

A Walk Through the Identity Ecosystem in 3D
The evolution of the Identity Ecosystem has become a critical aspect of our society. The growth of e-government, online banking and shopping, electronic health records, and globalization has created opportunities for greater convenience, efficiency, and innovation—but it also allows individuals to present themselves as someone else for fraudulent and other illegal purposes.
The Center for Identity at The University of Texas is actively pursuing research that advances our understanding of the structure and behavior of the Identity Ecosystem. Our cradle-to-grave “maps” of identity for persons, organizations, and devices provide a foundation for defining the “physics” of the Ecosystem and allow us to predict and mitigate identity threats. We can also determine the risk levels and entry points within the ecosystem, define the types and evolutions of threats, and understand the value associated with our identities.
Let us give you a tour, glasses included.

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Speakers
avatar for Suzanne Barber

Suzanne Barber

Dir, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Suzanne Barber is the AT&T Endowed Professor in Engineering and Director of The Center for Identity at The University of Texas. The mission of the Center is to deliver high-quality discoveries, applications, education and outreach in identity management, privacy and security... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Changing Face of Fame: Social Media Celebrities
A 6 second video from a Justin Bieber look-alike is probably not the first tactic in your marketing plan, but maybe it should be. Celebrities have long played an important role in creating brand awareness and buzz around social causes because of their mass market of consumer followers. With a growing millennials consumer base and an increasing desire to reach audiences beyond TV screens and magazine pages, brands and advertisers are shifting gears from mainstream celebrities to the “new” celebrity on social media.
YouTube star Jenna Marbles has more subscribers than Katy Perry or Taylor Swift. Instagram and Vine stars sold out stadiums across the country on the DigiTour. Simply put, social media is transforming celebrity.
Connecting the “new” celebrities to a social cause gives organizations or brands more access to new audiences on emerging platforms, resulting in social sharing and real action. So how do we implement this successfully?

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Speakers
avatar for Rob Fishman

Rob Fishman

Co-Founder, Niche
Niche co-founder, Rob formerly led social media for The Huffington Post and Aol. His previous company, Kingfish Labs, was acquired in 2012 by BuzzFeed, for which he is now a contributing editor. He holds degrees from Cornell and Columbia University. Niche.co is an online community... Read More →
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Cubby Graham

Community Builder, charity: water
avatar for Paula Veale

Paula Veale

EVP Corporate Communications, Ad Council
As Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, Paula oversees internal and external communications for the organization’s more than 50 public service campaigns as well as the Ad Council brand. Led by Paula, the PRISM (public relations, interactive and social media) team... Read More →
JW

Jeremy Welt

SVP Mktg, Maker Studios


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Mentor Session: Sairah Hearn
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Sairah Hearn

Sairah Hearn

Global Mgr-Social Media & Digital Engagement, lululemon athletica
Sairah is the Global Manager of Social Media and Digital Engagement for lululemon & lululemonmen. She loves her job because lululemon values the same things in social that she does – the pull vs the push - good ol' fashion relationship building and conversations that leave a lasting... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

11:00am

NetwalkingATX Meet Up
Chat on why walking outside allows opportunity to share, learn, leverage and enhance relationships leading to new opportunities for collaborative efforts and exchanging ideas for mutual benefit. Allows attendees to be active and get much needed benefits of walking. On average we are sitting 9.3 hours per day.
Describe how to conduct walking meetings, get folks on board with the idea and what have learned from netwalks and meetup group.

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Speakers
JT

Jessica Tunon

Founder/CEO, Netwalking LLC
Energetic, resourceful solution maker that has lived and worked in South Florida, Austin, TX, DC metro and currently lives in downtown DC. She thrives on challenges and the opportunity to make a difference. Jessica wears many hats including: CEO/Founder of Netwalking LLC and Skincare... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 509 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Support Community Managers Unite!
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Come have an interactive, guided conversation with other support community managers and learn from them. Network with others in your field and get new ideas for how to tackle your current support and service community challenges. Learn the latest and greatest about how to measure and demonstrate community business value within your company.
We'll all share our favorite community successes, the most innovative tactics we use for getting our community's questions answered, and our biggest challenges. Because, let's face it, all community managers have a good story that we can all learn from, and only other community managers really understand and support us!
Discuss common community buzzwords (gamification, ROI, etc.) and what they really mean to your community. After all, you know that you'll be asked about this topic soon, if you haven't been already!

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Speakers
avatar for Laura Feeney

Laura Feeney

Mgr, PwC
Laura has over 8 years experience managing and working directly with online support communities, including the Groundswell award winning National Instruments Discussion Forums. She moved to consulting in 2011 where she's been working on online community, advocacy and social business... Read More →
avatar for Bill Johnston

Bill Johnston

Principal, Structure3C


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

The Unbundling Effect: Who’s Next?
What if the structure of the US as we now know it disappeared over the next decade and the so-called institutions were no more? Overpriced universities were no longer the epitome of education, cable companies no longer ruled the airwaves, banking was no longer conducted at a stuffy bank with cumbersome regulations and hotels were no longer central to the likes of Hilton, the Four Seasons, etc. These seemingly far-fetched ideas, are events that are slowly becoming a reality through the use of innovative technology and transparency through social media and online identity, combined with a new attitude among consumers and industry leaders.
This dual conversation will be between Fundera CEO Jared Hecht and GA co-founder Brad Hargreaves who are fueling this change and unbundling in two large industries – education and banking. They are shaping these industries to be more in line with what today’s consumer wants; transparency, efficiency, and no red tape.

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Speakers
avatar for Brad Hargreaves

Brad Hargreaves

Co-Founder, General Assembly
Brad Hargreaves is co-founder of General Assembly, where he leads the development of General Assembly’s educational programming and digital products. As an entrepreneur, Brad has created products and companies that bridge online and offline worlds, and has brought that expertise... Read More →
avatar for Jared Hecht

Jared Hecht

Co-Founder & CEO, Fundera
Jared Hecht is a co-founder and the chief executive officer at Fundera, an online marketplace that matches small business owners to the best possible lender. He started Fundera after his cousin experienced the frustration and lack of transparency of applying for a small business loan... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Being Flawsome: 5 Digital Habits to Rock Your Brand
If you are ready to learn the art of failing fast, failing forward and failing better, then this session is for you. Failure is not the point in which we give up, it is when we attack. It's about failing fast, failing forward and failing better. This session will go over several examples of initial failure that resulted in success and how we can learn and profit from it. This session will also dive into the fact that Digital leaders are made, not born. We are all playing a digital game of chess where content is king and culture is checkmate. Are you ready to learn the 5 proven habits of digital leadership? To positively impact your corporate or personal brand using social and mobile? The answer should be an emphatic yes and see you soon.

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Speakers
EQ

Erik Qualman

Author, Equalman Studios
Often called a Digital Dale Carnegie and The Tony Robbins of Tech, Erik Qualman is a #1 Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker that has spoken in 44 countries.    His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Creating the Open Source Society
Engineers like working with other talented engineers. However nowadays they most often congregate inside big companies, isolated along the commercial interests of their employers. Outside the walls of these castles the software plebeians swarm at pedestrian public meetups, awaiting the day they too can swear fealty to a big company.
We can do better than this. We can live in a more interesting world. I'm imagining another venue for engineers to perform fundamental and meaningful work. It's a sort of never-ending conference, an invitation-only coworking space that requires active participation. Most importantly it is one in which everyone develops open source software.
Open source has created and will continue to create the best, most revolutionary products the world has known. This is because its top priorities are generality and pride in workmanship, not satisfying the demands and timelines of a particular customer. It is the software of goodness, not servitude.

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Speakers
avatar for Jesse Cooke

Jesse Cooke

Captain
Jesse is a seasoned developer that was lucky enough to be the technical co-founder of Watsi, Y Combinator's first non-profit. He's a core-team member of Rubinius, an implementation of the Ruby programming language focused on Solving Hard Problems. He's written a few articles on the... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Geerlings

Stephanie Geerlings

COO, Cloud City Development
Stephanie Geerling is a Principle of Cloud City Development. She has 10 years of experience bringing quality digital products to life through great design. She has founded three companies and fostered more than 30 products. Stephanie believes design is both an art and science. Her... Read More →
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Joe Nelson

Sr Software Developer, Breaking Upwards
Always Simplifying


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

How CNN and The New York Times Moderate Comments
Many regard the comment sections on mainstream media sites as an example of some of the worst discourse on the web. But it is slowly getting better, with CNN and The New York Times leading the charge at the highest levels of the media.
More fireside chat than panel, this fun and informative conversation will feature a trio of community veterans. Collectively, they have more than 30 years of moderation experience.
These outlets moderate comments at a volume that few can fathom, in an environment that is highly charged, in a space where people expect to say what is on their mind. Their approaches are very different, and each has found their own path to success.

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Speakers
BE

Bassey Etim

Community Mgr, The New York Times
Bassey Etim is a 27 year-old journalist, technology manager and musician who lives in Brooklyn. For the past six years, he has been nytimes.com's resident expert on community management. Etim runs a 12-person desk within the Times newsroom and is the editorial head of the Times' community... Read More →
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Patrick O'Keefe

Owner, iFroggy Network
Patrick O’Keefe is the founder of the iFroggy Network, a publisher of websites. He has been managing online communities since 2000 and is the author of “Managing Online Forums,” a practical guide to managing online communities and social spaces.
avatar for David Williams

David Williams

Community Mgr, CNN
David Williams is the Community Manager at CNN Digital and gets to talk with people all over the world and help them tell their stories. He's been at CNN for 20 years, starting as an entry-level video journalist and bouncing around to various jobs including TV producer, legal writer... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Lesbians Who Tech (and Friends) Meet Up
This meetup provides a place for lesbians in tech to meet up and connect at SXSW. Oftentimes it's hard for women in the queer community to find one another, but when we do we know amazing things can happen, new jobs, new co-founders and new friends! This meetup gives lesbians, queer women and allies an opportunity to make that happen!
The meetup is hosted by Lesbians Who Tech (www.lesbianswhotech.org), the community for queer women in tech. With 17 chapters and over 6,000 members worldwide, Lesbians Who Tech is where queer women connect and build a network of friends, colleagues, investors and advisors in the industry.
2014 Highlights:
-6,000 Queer women worldwide
-1,400 Summit attendees in 2014
-Co-hosted White House LGBT Tech Summit
-Helped Megan Smith get recruited as the White House CTO
-Raised $50,000 for five nonprofits focused on women and LGBTQ communities
Coming soon!
-Bring a "Lesbians to Work Day"
-Lesbians Who Tech (and friends) on a plane

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Speakers
avatar for Leanne Pittsford

Leanne Pittsford

Founder, Lesbians Who Tech
I'm the founder and CEO of Start Somewhere, which uses technology and design to make nonprofits and social enterprises look good.


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 502-503 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

We Are Mapping Your World, Inside: What's Private?
What if every step you took was mapped? Not just outside, but also inside. The stairway to your apartment. The elevator to your office. Your route through the mall. The column you stand by while waiting for coffee. The bar where everyone congregates after work. Your kitchen.
Technology developed to locate firefighters and soldiers is being implemented on mobile devices to discover building maps. Your data – combined with data from your friends and neighbors – creates detailed indoor maps. That's awesome and powerful in a lot of ways. The maps can be used to navigate and to locate people. We are safer (911 - you're on floor 8). But the map may be disturbing to some. It's built by collecting data all the time. Every step you take. What map data should be exposed? Just public buildings? My home?
We are mapping the world. Every building, corridor, and gathering space. It will make the world safer, but it opens up a dilemma. Privacy versus safety, efficiency, fun. What are the rules?

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Speakers
avatar for Carol Politi

Carol Politi

CEO, TRX Systems
Carol is CEO of TRX Systems, delivering location and mapping indoors and in areas without reliable GPS. TRX algorithms use sensor fusion, ranging, and mapping to deliver 3D indoor maps and location where GPS is unavailable. Core to the TRX NEON technology is the ability to fuse information... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Future Crimes From the Digital Underworld
Criminals are often the earliest--and most innovative--adopters of technology. They're already stealing identities, draining online bank-accounts and wiping out computer servers in the blink of an eye, but that's child's play compared to what's coming next. It's disturbingly easy to activate baby cam monitors to spy on families, pacemakers can be hacked to deliver a lethal jolt of electricity, and thieves are analyzing your social media in order to determine the best time for a home invasion. Meanwhile, 3D printers produce AK-47s, terrorists can download the recipe for the Ebola virus, and drug cartels are building their own drones.
From one of the world's leading authorities on global security, Future Crimes takes readers deep into the digital underground to illuminate the alarming ways criminals, corporations and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you--and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than ever thought possible.

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Speakers
avatar for Marc Goodman

Marc Goodman

Singularity University, Future Crimes Institute
Marc Goodman is the author of FUTURE CRIMES: Everything Is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About it. FUTURE CRIMES is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today best seller and was also selected by Amazon and Apple iBooks as a Best Book of the Month in... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Geek Up: Wine Meets Tech Meet Up
Love wine? Hate Snobs? This is the Meet Up for you. Come to where old and new world wines and tech collide. Time to Geek Up and Drink Up!
Ask the experts, share your knowledge, and enjoy the Wine Meet Up at SXSW!

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Speakers
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April Wright Collins

Founder & Pres, Vintage Wine Marketing
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Craig Collins MS

Exec Beverage Dir, Elm Restaurant Group


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 501 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Get Verified or Go Home
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Did William Shatner’s rant on Twitter Verification have merit? Do “nobodies” deserve to be given certain status?
In a world where status is everything, the Internet had seemingly given equal status to anyone with a voice—a golden age of equality where brands and celebrities enjoyed the same tools online as everyone else. The only difference: their reach.
Now status symbols are swarming social channels, giving priority, exclusivity, and unique tools to those in the right circles.
Twitter’s Verification process seems to be more about “who you know” rather than “who you are” and Facebook’s recent ‘Mentions’ app is tailored exclusively to celebrities. If you’re not Verified, buying advertising, or an acclaimed Social Media Guru, does your voice matter anymore?
Let's explore the collapse of online equality and see who has the upper hand in this new status-driven social ecosphere. What will that mean for brands and influencers, whose greatest asset was their approachability?

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Speakers
avatar for Drew Lewis

Drew Lewis

New Media Dir, Wunderman
There are barely enough words in the English language to describe the man that is Drew Lewis, but let's give it a shot:


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Marketing in the Era of Engagement Meet Up
Marketing has changed more in the last 10 years than in the previous 100 years. Where branding and TV commercials were once the king of marketing priorities, marketers today need to take control of engaging customers in a unified way across a growing number of channels. Come network with other marketers and find out how they’re tackling the challenge of engagement in a noisy, digital world. Presented by Marketo.

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Speakers
avatar for Matt Zilli

Matt Zilli

Dir, Prod Mktg, Marketo


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 508 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

NASA’s Giant Step in Social Media
NASA is a widely followed star of the social media universe. But even with that fame, it recognizes it has to continue to grow and evolve its social media to improve awareness and engagement.
NASA is now building “social colonies.” Their efforts and discoveries using this radical new approach could change the way businesses use social media, and marketers can start taking advantage of it today.
Join our hour long session to learn about NASA’s new “social discoveries” and how you can work them into your business’ social marketing.

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Speakers
avatar for Rodney Mason

Rodney Mason

GVP Mktg, Parago Inc
One of the most followed marketers on Twitter.
avatar for Veronica McGregor

Veronica McGregor

News & Social Media Mgr, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Veronica McGregor tweets to millions of people each day while channeling her inner robot. She manages the award-winning news and social media operations at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, overseeing accounts and campaigns across YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Ustream, Google+ and... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

What Keeps the Internet’s Leading CPOs Up At Night
As data hoarding continues to become an integral part of society, companies are looking to Chief Privacy Officers to help manage data protection and privacy concerns. Demand for data security and privacy professionals has grown exponentially and organizations are recognizing the need to better manage privacy and examine how they handle data within their organization. This panel will include CPOs from some of today’s top companies debating the current challenges and opportunities in the privacy landscape and what they see on the horizon. From online tracking and mobile technologies to dealing with surveillance issues, hear from these leaders on where the most challenging privacy issues of the day are going.

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Speakers
avatar for Erin Egan

Erin Egan

Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook
As Facebook’s VP, Chief Privacy Officer on Privacy Policy, Erin plays a key role in implementing Facebook’s comprehensive privacy program. She works with Facebook's cross-functional privacy team to evaluate from the beginning the privacy impact of new products and features and... Read More →
avatar for Keith Enright

Keith Enright

Legal Dir/Privacy, Google
Keith Enright is Senior Privacy Counsel at Google, where he leads the Internet company's global privacy legal team. He joined Google in March 2011 after more than 10 years at high-growth start-ups, large consulting practices and Fortune 500 retail and online services organizations... Read More →
avatar for J Trevor Hughes

J Trevor Hughes

President & CEO, The International Association of Privacy Professionals
Trevor Hughes is the president and CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). In this role, Hughes leads the world’s largest association of privacy professionals. A native of Canada, Hughes is an experienced attorney in privacy, technology and marketing... Read More →
avatar for Brendon Lynch

Brendon Lynch

Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft
Brendon Lynch is the chief privacy officer of Microsoft Corporation, where he has responsibilities for all aspects of Microsoft’s privacy approach, including privacy policy creation and implementation across the company, influencing the creation of privacy and data protection technologies... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

#SXsingle Meet Up
#SXsingle, it's not just a hashtag, it's a lifestyle.
Over the years, the term "what happens at South By, stays at South By" has become part of the vernacular for veteran attendees. In some instances, this means exactly as it sounds. However, many matches have been made at SXSW, including marriages, babies, long term relationships, and of course numerous hook ups.
Come join other #SXsingle(s) or those who once were and want to relive their glory days at SXSW! We'll imbibe complimentary adult beverages (for those 21 and up!), trade stories, share in activities, laughs and maybe even some digits!

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Speakers
avatar for Kathryn Irwin

Kathryn Irwin

IA & V2V Fest Programmer, SXSW STAFF


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 501 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

15 Minutes of Shame: A Survival Guide
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Andy Warhol once said that in the future, everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. But very few of us imagine that fame as the target of mass ridicule, harassment and negativity. There was a time when our 15 minutes – whether fame or shame – would evaporate as quickly as it appeared. The proliferation of the Internet, however, has granted ongoing access to our successes and failures, and sometimes, not by choice. More and more, the general Internet population is persecuting brands and individuals as a means to seemingly achieve justice. Beyond whether or not their reaction is warranted, this type of online attack is becoming its own court system – except that the target rarely has the opportunity for rebuttal. As this trend has continued to escalate, so emerges the concept of “cyber shaming,” which comes in varying shapes and forms. In this talk, I’ll review the three main types of cyber shaming and the best survival practices for both people and brands.

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Speakers
avatar for Megan Wintersteen

Megan Wintersteen

Lead Planner, Social, Huge
Over the past eight years, Megan has worked digital strategy across a variety of brands, including: DICK'S Sporting Goods, TD Ameritrade, BlackRock, Cap'n Crunch, GE, Google, Pfizer, Comcast, Pizza Hut, Frank's RedHot, Twitter, Chiquita, and HTC, among others. Megan received her Masters... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Beyond Privacy: Surveillance's Threat To Liberty
Once we could live lives of practical obscurity. No longer. Conveniences of modern life–from smartphones to smoke detectors–have become digital informants, giving governments and corporations detailed information about us.
The problem is often framed as one of privacy. But that doesn’t come close to capturing what’s threatened by the explosion of data and the zeal with which it’s collected, stored and analyzed. Free speech, security and equality are just a few of the values imperiled by mass surveillance.
But the situation isn’t hopeless. There’s nothing inevitable about technology overpowering liberty, and there are solutions–legal, regulatory and technological–to help us regain control over our data and our lives.
Join Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology project and legal advisor to Edward Snowden, for a conversation with Bruce Schneier, the country’s leading public interest technologist, about the world we’re creating and how we can fight back.

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Speakers
avatar for Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier

Chief Technology Officer, Co3 Systems Inc
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a "security guru" by The Economist. He is the author of 12 books -- including Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World -- as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and... Read More →
avatar for Ben Wizner

Ben Wizner

Dir, Speech, Privacy, & Technology, ACLU
Ben Wizner is director of the ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, which is dedicated to protecting and expanding the First Amendment freedoms of expression, association, and inquiry; expanding the right to privacy and increasing the control that individuals have over their... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

How Technology Created America’s Tweethearts
Some people fall in love at first sight. For us, it was at first tweet. As dating coaches, it’s not what either of us expected. I found my husband @ThomasHEdwards, by searching #dating and caught his attention with a retweet and a few DMs. Five years later, we wed, 4,000 paper Twitter birds flying over head.
Naturally, technology’s role in our relationship didn’t end after 140 characters. Tech is the third-party in our #happilyeveredwards love story. While others are using technology to end relationships – joining Ashley Madison to cheat on their wife or dumping someone with the flick of a Facebook status – we’re using it to create eRomance. As dating coaches, we believe that you shouldn’t fear technology’s role in your dating life or relationships but embrace it. In this session, we'll detail how technology has changed the way we view dating and relationships ... and what that means for the future of marriage.

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Speakers
avatar for Laurie Davis

Laurie Davis

Founder & CEO, eFlirt
Laurie Davis is the CEO and Founder of eFlirt, a personal branding service that helps singles navigate the digital dating world and create lasting relationships. Her company has helped thousands of singles, and her advice has been featured in more than 500 international media outlets... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Edwards, Jr.

Thomas Edwards, Jr.

Founder/CEO, The Professional Wingman
Thomas Edwards is the founder of The Professional Wingman, a social strategy consultancy helping professional singles develop better social skills to improve their social and romantic experiences. A leading expert in dating and lifestyle strategy, peers, colleagues and media have... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Mentor Session: Danny Fraser
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Danny Fraser

Danny Fraser

Head of SEO / Online Marketing, Romman Inc


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

5:00pm

The Future of Privacy
There is a consensus that ECPA needs to be updated to reflect the changes that have occurred since it's enactment in 1986 and that legislation should have flexibility for additional advancements for the Internet industry.
During the course of the discussion, panelists will discuss various types of Internet platforms and the need for ECPA reform. The House now has a unique opportunity to extend the same 4th Amendment protections enjoyed in the offline world to electronic communications and information stored online. A majority of House Members understand that these protections should not be whittled away by exceptions or carve-outs sought by civil agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which would undermine users’ reasonable expectations of privacy.

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Speakers
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Michael Beckerman

Pres & Ceo, The Internet Association
Michael Beckerman is the President and CEO of The Internet Association, a Washington D.C. based trade association representing the leading global Internet companies.
avatar for Suzan Delbene

Suzan Delbene

Congresswoman, US House of Representatives
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene represents Washington state’s 1st Congressional District, and was first sworn into Congress in November 2012. The 1st District of Washington is home to Nintendo of America, the headquarters of Microsoft, one of Google’s largest engineering offices... Read More →
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Blake Farenthold

Congressman, US House of Representatives
U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold is a lifelong resident of Texas, born and raised in Corpus Christi. He is currently serving his second term in Congress, representing the 27th District of Texas which includes the Texas Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi and vicinity to Matagorda County... Read More →
avatar for Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa

Congressman, US House of Representatives


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St
 
Sunday, March 15
 

9:30am

Advocates vs Agitators: the Social Influence
Just one good or bad experience can become a viral customer service nightmare, or so it seems. Social media has given brands the flexibility to communicate directly with consumers in real-time public arenas. This can often lead to a brand receiving praise or getting publicly shamed by the customer, depending on the customer’s perception of customer service given.
Although negative stories seem to have more traction, we’ve seen brands excel at listening to customers via social media and working to create a positive experience. But when customers become ugly, when do brands decide to stand up to the trolls and not allow themselves to be bullied?
Join Digiday’s Shareen Pathak, as she moderates a panel featuring Chevrolet's Jamie Barbour, Southwest Airlines' Alice Wilson, and Oracle's Meg Bear to explore when and why people lose empathy and loyalty for a brand and choose to share their good and bad experiences publicly via social media.

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Speakers
avatar for Jamie Barbour

Jamie Barbour

Mgr, Chevrolet Digital & Social Advertising, Chevrolet
As Manager of Chevrolet Digital & Social Advertising, Jamie Barbour leads the charge on developing integrated digital media campaigns for Chevrolet nameplates including lifestyle, in-market, and social executions.
avatar for Meg Bear

Meg Bear

Group VP Social Platform, Oracle
Meg Bear lives and works at the intersection of people, business and technology.
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Shareen Pathak

Brands Editor, Digiday.com
Shareen Pathak is the brands editor at Digiday, where she focuses on the transitions brands and agencies are going through as they adapt to a new digital landscape. Prior to this, she was a reporter for Advertising Age and Creativity, where she covered advertising agencies, new campaigns... Read More →
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Alice Wilson

Mgr Social Mktg, Southwest Airlines
Alice Wilson is a founding member of the newly created Social Business team, at Southwest Airlines, the country’s largest domestic airline and the most successful low-fare, high frequency carrier. The Social Business team is responsible for setting the strategic vision for social... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Fingerprints Are Usernames, Not Passwords
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
As biometric sensors find their way into your consumer devices, you will be tempted by your device manufacturers and app providers to use them for authentication. While I won't tell you, "Don't do it," we will discuss the consequences of using biometrics for authentication, rather than identification. There are plenty of inventions that turned out to be bad ideas, or are simply misused. Without a course correction in the consumer world, biometrics are rapidly headed in that direction.

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Speakers
avatar for Dustin Kirkland

Dustin Kirkland

Ubuntu Cloud Prod Mgr, Canonical
Dustin Kirkland is Canonical's Cloud Solutions Product Manager, leading the technical product strategy, road map, and life cycle of the Ubuntu Cloud commercial offerings.


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Human and Robot: Friends or Foes in the Digital Age?
Does technology replace humans or supercharge productivity? Steve Garrity, CTO and founder of Hearsay Social, will share his vision of a working world in which technology both replaces and enhances human capital. While we can imagine how disruptive drones and self-driving cars will affect transportation and hospitality, changes in other sectors seem less clear. For example, will there still be a human element in retail? And how will technology disrupt the work done by relationship managers like financial planners? Drawing from his experience working with a diverse set of Fortune 500 companies, Steve will illustrate where the world is headed.

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Speakers
avatar for Steve Garrity

Steve Garrity

CTO/Co-Founder, Hearsay Social


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Privacy Matters: Baking Privacy into Your Apps
"Privacy by design" is a nice concept, but what does it actually mean? When designing mobile devices and apps, engineers and developers are encouraged to think about privacy and security measures from the earliest stages of product development. This panel will discuss exactly how one does that, by focusing on specific cases in which the panelists have worked in order to provide clear takeaways for a general audience. We will talk about how to design secure hardware, how developers can think about limiting collection of data on mobile devices, and why these concepts matter to individuals who use services. In doing so, we'll make more concrete the sometimes vague concepts of privacy by design and robust security, in order to encourage others to do the same when developing exciting new products and services.

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Speakers
avatar for Jon Callas

Jon Callas

Co-Founder & CTO, Silent Circle
Jon Callas is a cryptographer, software engineer, and entrepreneur. He is the co-author of many crypto and security systems including OpenPGP, DKIM, ZRTP, Skein, and Threefish. He has co-founded several startups including PGP, Silent Circle, and Blackphone. He has worked on security... Read More →
avatar for Gautam Hans

Gautam Hans

Policy Counsel, Center for Democracy & Technology
Gautam Hans is Policy Counsel and Director of CDT-SF at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), promoting CDT’s presence on the West Coast as a leader in technology policy and advocacy. His work focuses on digital civil liberties policy, outreach, and development.
avatar for Deepti Rohatgi

Deepti Rohatgi

Head of Policy, Lookout
Deepti Rohatgi is the Head of Policy at Lookout. Previously she served as a Product Marketing Director at a cybersecurity start-up company, a Policy Director at Yahoo!, Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and a Director of IT and Telecommunications Policy at the U.S. Department... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Data Discrimination: Exploring Big Data and Bias
Data analytics gives businesses and government powerful new tools. Analyzing data troves allows companies to spot inefficiencies in supply chains. Police can track where crime is spreading. Retailers can tinker with pricing based on user data.
But do these advancements have potential pitfalls, too? Could retailers discriminate against customers based on their age, race and income by creating specific profiles of people through data? Will people end up deprived of opportunities if search engines automatically show them different results, based on what an algorithm knows about them? Will algorithms be used to change pricing for people in rich neighborhoods versus poor neighborhoods?
Those are all questions that Washington regulators are pondering now.
This panel will address the ethical and legal questions about Big Data analysis -- and discuss ways to avoid an age of digital inequity as more data is being collected, stored, and analyzed about us than ever before.

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Speakers
avatar for Mallory Duncan

Mallory Duncan

SVP & General Counsel, National Retail Federation
Mallory Duncan is senior vice president and general counsel at the National Retail Federation. He is responsible for coordinating strategic legislative and regulatory initiatives involving customer data privacy, bankruptcy, fair credit reporting and truth-in-lending, and as a member... Read More →
avatar for Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell

Editor, Passcode, The Christian Science Monitor
Michael Farrell is the editor of Passcode, a section from The Christian Science Monitor dedicated to covering the intersection of technology, security, and privacy. Farrell is based in Boston where he oversees a team of writers around the country and abroad who cover cybersecurity... Read More →
avatar for Sascha Meinrath

Sascha Meinrath

Director, X-Lab
Sascha Meinrath is an Internet culture leader and community Internet pioneer. He is the founder of X-Lab, a future-focused tech policy and innovation project, and the Open Technology Institute. He also co-founded a number of game-changing intiatives, from the Commotion Wireless Project... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Wong

Nicole Wong

Former US Deputy CTO, The Christian Science Monitor
Nicole Wong is the former US Deputy Chief Technology Officer, focusing on Internet, privacy and innovation policy. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Nicole served as the Legal Director for Products at Twitter. From 2004 to 2011, she was Google’s Vice President and Deputy... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Give Me Your Data, but Stay Away From Mine!
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Our data has become one of the most valuable commodities in the world; which also places it at the nexus of rich debates around use, privacy, and application. Many will say, don't track or collect my personal data, but find me the fastest route, find me if I'm lost, and personalize everything for me.
As people, we can be a bit egocentric about our data, explicit with our opinions, and eccentric with our desired experiences of innovation. Collect and use my data the way I want you to, when I want you to, how and where I want you to. But, what is the impact and implication when those human values, emotions and desires shift? What responsibilities lie with the consumer, the developer, the enterprise, the technology, policy and society? Who defines real world value and applications? How do we navigate through the schizophrenia of conflicting needs, and the data that seems to lie at the center of it? This is a not to be missed discussion, or cage fight, that impacts everyone.

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Speakers
avatar for Damien Patton

Damien Patton

CEO, Banjo
Damien Patton is the founder and CEO of Banjo. Banjo is the social media “energy source” that instantly indexes posts by location, giving an immediate view of what’s happening all over the planet at any given moment. Damien is a serial entrepreneur who has put his talents to... Read More →
avatar for Tim Sparapani

Tim Sparapani

VP Policy Law & Government Affairs, Application Developers Alliance
Tim Sparapani


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Hacker to InfoSec Pro: New Rock Star Generation
Malicious hackers tend to be smart, young – many are only teenagers – and they seek respect, power and financial gain. Many of them perceive hacking like being a rock star – they jump into the action and start reaping the rewards. But what if we could help young malicious hackers understand the damage they are doing, the legal ramifications of their actions, and how these actions could hamper their future? What if we could reshape their mindsets and encourage them to channel their work into something more productive – like Information Security, white hat hacking or even working with the government? It’s a wonder that the InfoSec and IT industries have a shortage of talent when salaries are rising and work is comparable to that of hackers, but they are doing it for good. It’s time we turn InfoSec and IT professionals into the new rock stars, the new hot ticket future for the hacker generation. This panel is going to address why and what we need to do, and how to start making change.

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Speakers
avatar for Kent Bloomstrand

Kent Bloomstrand

Chief Technology Officer, CSID
Kent Bloomstrand joined CSID, the leader in identity management, identity protection, and cyber technology and solutions, as the CTO in 2013. He has extensive experience as a technology and operations leader, having worked for over 30 years at established companies like OpenText... Read More →
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Tom Edwards

Resident Agenda in Charge, United States Secret Service
Tom Edwards is a 16-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service. As the current Resident Agent in Charge of the Austin Office, Tom oversees the daily investigative and protective activities of the agency’s local office. His office sponsors the Central Texas Financial Fraud Task Force... Read More →
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Tiffany Rad

Pres, Elcnetworks LLC
Tiffany Rad, BS, MBA, JD, is an attorney, and computer security analyst. She is also a part-time Adjunct Professor in the computer science department at the University of Southern Maine teaching computer law, ethics and information security. She has presented at conferences such as... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

ISA Meet Up
Interested in finding out what the SXSW Interactive Speaker Assistant (ISA) does? Or maybe you were an ISA this year and want to meet other ISAs. Come here what all the fun is about, share your stories about working with speakers and organizers from this year, and sign up early to be a part of the ISA program for 2016!

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Speakers
avatar for Monica Sack

Monica Sack

IA Speaker Asst Coord, SXSW STAFF


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 508 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

The Empathy Gap: Why Stalin Nailed Big Data
“One death is a tragedy; one million is just statistics,” - so said Joseph Stalin, highlighting the key issue with “big data.” Data in its nature is dehumanising. In years gone by, the process of breaking into people’s homes to spy on them raised clear ethical issues. Now surveillance is executed at arm’s length and aggregated. We’re not looking at you; we’re looking at everyone.
No single person can feel victimised, because everyone is treated equally. Over the past few years, the behaviour of governments and brands that have ownership of our data has come under increased scrutiny as privacy violations become ever more commonplace.
In general, the response has been “oops,” a mea culpa and an admission that they hadn’t really thought through how it could impact individuals. The antidote to this issue is empathy; but how do you institutionalise empathy just as you would institutionalise big data?
In this talk, I will argue it’s time we put people back into data.

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Speakers
avatar for Martin Harrison

Martin Harrison

Planning Dir, Huge
Martin is Planning Director at Huge and is responsible for the strategic insight that drives great digital experiences. He has 15 years of experience in a variety of agencies and roles and has developed strategies for Unilever, Diageo, Johnson and Johnson, Agent Provocateur, Sainsbury's... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Cyber-Insecurity: You’re Not As Safe As You Think
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Prerequisites:
None.
What to Bring:
A pen and notebook to take notes; A laptop with a modern web browser.
Facebook knows everything about you - but what does that mean? Edward Snowden exposed that the NSA was tracking ordinary citizens - why should you care?
In this workshop you’ll learn why you and your company should be concerned about your online security, and where you are vulnerable to having your data exposed. Hint: it’s everywhere from your computer, to your phone, even to your baby monitors. Led by Amadeus Stevenson, CTO of Decoded, the global company giving professionals a high-level understanding of code, cybersecurity and more - attendees are going to hack themselves - yes, themselves. Armed with a greater knowledge to keep both their personal and professional information safe from prying eyes, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the holes in the fabric of our modern world.
The workshop will begin with an exploration of what makes computers vulnerable to attack (viruses, malware, bugs and zero-day vulnerabilities). It then goes into the infrastructure with which we communicate. From GSM and WiFi to fibre optic cables, our internet traffic can be intercepted by anyone who cares to listen. How can encryption be used to secure these messages? Finally, we will end with the human side of security: people still present the biggest opportunity for malicious hackers. How can you protect your business against data leaks, phishing and social engineering?
In this two and a half hour workshop, you’ll learn:
-About the most common security problems, and what techniques can be used to minimize the risks.
-How the hacking mindset has been used to fuel innovation in some of the biggest companies in the world.
-How to embrace the skills and mindset of hackers in-house.
-About hacking tools, and takeaway advice that will make you more secure in your personal and professional life.
-How to build closer relationships with security and technology professionals.
-The strategic knowledge to help lead your organization towards a more secure and innovative future.

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Speakers
avatar for Lauren Cucinotta

Lauren Cucinotta

Director of Community, Decoded
Lauren builds global communities around big ideas, and brings great ideas to life through the coolest new media strategies she can learn and find. She is currently Director of Community at Decoded, bringing digital transformation to companies around the world.
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Amadeus Stevenson

Chief Technology Officer, Decoded
Amadeus is Chief Technology Officer at Decoded, the global outfit transforming companies through an understanding of the digital world. A self-taught coder and physical computing nut, he worked for a number of years as a web developer before moving into academia.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 307 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Privacy-By-Design Bootcamp
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Prerequisites:
Must possess an eagerness to build privacy into all phases of your organization's operations.
What to Bring:
Bring a pen. Handouts will be provided.
Businesses are eager to build privacy considerations into all phases of their operations. The Privacy-By-Design Bootcamp provides entrepreneurs a step-by-step guide to develop and integrate Privacy by Design (""PbD"") at their companies.
The session starts with the history of PbD, as compared to typically used remedial measures. With the aim of convincing startups to adopt PbD, the session presents examples of real-world PbD, including basic elements of an effective program. The session also walks through specific steps to initiate a successful PbD program, including gap analysis, policies and procedures, and a deep dive into the data lifecycle. Recognizing that implementation of a PbD program can be met with a variety of challenges, and effective strategies may vary based on organization-specific factors, the session breaks out into small groups to consider these difficulties. The session concludes with effectiveness assessment strategies and metrics for measuring success.
Key takeaways:
- Understanding Privacy By Design and the seven elements of a world-class Privacy-by-Design program.
- Specific steps to deploy a Privacy-by-Design program.
- Effective strategies for an organization-specific approach to implementing Privacy by Design.
- How your organization can address the global challenges and difficult aspects of implementing Privacy by Design.
- Best ways to review a Privacy-by-Design program to measure its success and effectiveness.

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Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Canter

Elizabeth Canter

Attorney, Covington & Burling LLP
Elizabeth Canter is a technology and media lawyer in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP, where she advises technology companies, financial institutions, and other companies on data collection, use, and disclosure practices, including privacy-by-design strategies... Read More →
avatar for Meena Harris

Meena Harris

Attorney, Covington & Burling LLP
Meena Harris is an attorney at Covington & Burling, where she is a member of the firm’s Privacy practice group, advising leading tech and media companies on legal and policy issues concerning social media, mobile apps, and other digital technologies. Upon graduation from Harvard... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 306 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Catherine Cook
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Catherine Cook

Catherine Cook

Co-Founder/VP Brand Strategy, MeetMe
Catherine is the co-founder of MeetMe, the public market leader for social discovery.


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I 300 E 4th St

12:30pm

Screw Privacy, Just Give Me Value for My Data
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
The value exchange between consumers and businesses is one of the fundamentals of modern marketing. However, the marketplace has generally treated the practice of gathering and analyzing big data as a trade secret, creating an environment of standoffishness with everyday consumers. While companies have a responsibility to educate consumers on the fundamentals of their data collection practices, do consumers likewise need to be more aware of how companies use their personal data and hold accountable businesses that don’t deliver a benefit in return? Would an open dialogue about the data exchange increase engagement between businesses and shoppers, and create a more mutually beneficial environment where companies sell more and consumers are happier with their purchases? Join Bazaarvoice CMO Lisa Pearson and Lee Maicon, Chief Strategy Officer at 360i, as they discuss the issue of data literacy and the data value exchange between shoppers and businesses.

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Speakers
avatar for Lee Maicon

Lee Maicon

Chief Strategy Officer, 360i
Lee Maicon is Senior Vice President of Strategy at 360i. In this role, Lee oversees a team of strategists and planners who understand human behavior in the digital age. Armed with consumer insights, the team collaborates with brands to find the right currency and motivation to help... Read More →
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Lisa Pearson

Chief Mktg Officer, Bazaarvoice
Prior to joining Bazaarvoice, Lisa led both marketing and agency teams for a variety of Fortune 100 companies, including American Express, Dell, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble. She has been a principal in leading NYC agencies including DeVries and Euro RSCG.


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

The Kickass Project Management Meet Up
Picture it. Austin. March 2011.
A lonely young project manager from a UX consulting firm wanders aimlessly among a sea of developers and designers at SXSW, searching desperately for some brethren to call her own. After having several devs see the words “Project Manager” on her badge and turn away with polite disinterest, she breaks down crying on the trade show floor. “Where are my people?” she screams. Her fist raised, hope lost.
End scene.
Kickass PM is an Austin-based meetup for project managers, product owners and producers in the digital space. Kickass PM offers a sense of community for Digital PMs where you can kick back, talk shop, and learn about what’s trending in the PM world.
I'd like to bring that same spirit of generosity where PMs from around the world can get together and share their struggles and successes managing deadlines, budgets, clients, risks, and (above all) teams.

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Speakers
avatar for Christine Holcombe

Christine Holcombe

Project Mgr, Adonit
After honing her skills as a client-facing UX consultant for several years, Christine made the jump to project management and never looked back. She currently manages in-house digital projects at Adonit, an Austin-grown stylus company.


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 504 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

The Urban Legend of Social Media Marketing
As social marketing evolves into a mandatory effort for brands, the social landscape constantly shifts. Exponential growth has pushed the ‘feed frenzy’ louder than ever while social powerhouses are aggressively moving to monetize their platforms. With never-ending algorithm changes that diminish organic reach by the day, brands are forced into a paid media corner just to engage the community they have spent the past decade building. As marketers are quickly discovering, there are serious flaws in current social marketing strategies: we are experiencing the death of earned media and it’s time for brands to rethink how they build engaged communities. In this session, attendees will learn how to socialize their owned properties, apps and events by creating their own, highly engaging social experiences — all without giving up control. Early adopter success stories, technologies, and best practices for these new strategies will be covered in the session.

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Speakers
avatar for Jordan Kretchmer

Jordan Kretchmer

Founder/CEO, LiveFyre
Jordan Kretchmer is the Founder and CEO of Livefyre. Kretchmer, named to Inc’s 35 Under 35 and the San Francisco Business Times 40-under-40 list in 2014, founded the San Francisco based startup in December 2009, and has overseen its growth to 140 employees and over $35M in venture... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Unfiltered: Do Women Need to Get Real on Instagram
'Unfiltered: Do Women Need To Get Real on Instagram" will examine the psychological impact that Instagram is having on its mostly female-user base.
The debate, led by Real Simple’s Lori Leibovich will center on whether the way we use Instagram distorts reality, especially for women and mothers. The panel will ask: how do we find a new language, using Instagram to showcase our real lives and take the narrative away from the perfection often displayed in women’s media.
Additionally, what are the psychological implications of appearing and/or aspiring to social media “perfection” and how does cropping out parts of our lives – the disappointments, mediocre meals, unruly children – lead to feelings of duality.
In an attempt to combat this, Real Simple will launch an Instagram account, "Women IRL," and ask women to post unfiltered moments from their lives that they normally wouldn’t share.

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Speakers
avatar for Ashley Ford

Ashley Ford

Staff Writer, BuzzFeed.com
Ashley C. Ford is a staff writer at BuzzFeed.Com, essayist, and soft rock enthusiast. Born and raised in Indiana, she now lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, roommate, and two raccoons on the fire escape who are not welcome inside. You can watch her over-share in realtime on Twitter... Read More →
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Lori Leibovich

Editor in Chief, Time Inc/Real Simple
Leibovich joins Real Simple from The Huffington Post where she served as executive lifestyle editor. During her three years at Huffington Post, she oversaw lifestyle coverage and content creation across 13 sites, developed strategies for social media and video, and launched five new... Read More →
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Stacy London

Style Expert/TV Personality, TLC Networks
Stacy London is the host of TLC’s new fashion/lifestyle hit show, Love Lust or Run. Before that, she was best known as the straight talking co-host on TLC's hit show, What Not To Wear. Part psychologist, part style maven, Stacy utilizes her sassy sense of humor to help improve one's... Read More →
BP

Busy Philipps

Actress, BuzzFeed.com


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Youth Activism in a Post Snowden World
Is Edward Snowden the new face of activism? Snowden’s leak of NSA documents, two weeks before his 30th birthday, marked a fresh take on activism, a word historically applied to the demonstrations and physical protests of the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street.
So what resonates with people in their 20s and 30s, and what motivates them to act? How have Snowden’s actions changed the state of activism for a new generation? Marco Werman, host of PRI’s The World, will sit down with Zeynep Tufekci, an influential blogger and academic, for an in-depth conversation about privacy, social media censorship, hashtag activism, and global youth protests. Youth perspectives from past and present protest sites around the world, plus audience questions, will enhance the conversation. Tweet your questions before the panel using the hashtag #safemode.

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Speakers
avatar for Zeynep Tufekci

Zeynep Tufekci

Professor, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I’m an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina and a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet for Society. My research revolves around the interaction between society and technology, with special interest in social movements, privacy and surveillance... Read More →
avatar for Marco Werman

Marco Werman

PRI's The World
Marco Werman is host and Executive Editor of the PRI-WGBH-BBC daily radio news magazine The World. He got the journalism bug at a young age, and spent his last two years of high school working at the News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. He got his professional start in the business reporting... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Data (in)Security: MIT Scientists Tackle Privacy
In recent years no technology issue has drawn as much debate as data privacy, from revelations about government surveillance to major corporate data breaches.
The topic has spurred tough questions about the balance between access and privacy and how to use data to help solve problems without sacrificing anonymity.
If anyone can tackle these issues, it’s the team at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Since the lab’s founding 50 years ago, its researchers have been at the hub of the technology revolution and key players in developing innovations like the personal computer, Ethernet and the World Wide Web.
A panel of CSAIL’s leading thinkers - including RSA algorithm co-inventor Ron Rivest, and former White House adviser Danny Weitzner - will discuss their work on the subject and the biggest challenges for today’s data scientists and privacy advocates.

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Speakers
avatar for Sam Madden

Sam Madden

Prof, MIT CSAIL
avatar for Ronald Rivest

Ronald Rivest

Professor, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
Professor Rivest is the Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a member of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), a member of the lab's Theory... Read More →
avatar for Danny Weitzner

Danny Weitzner

Principal Research Scientist, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
Weitzner is Director of the CSAIL's Decentralized Information Group and teaches Internet public policy in MIT’s Computer Science Department. His research includes development of accountable systems architectures to enable the Web to be more responsive to policy requirements.


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Growing Up Digital: Raising Tech Savvy Kids
Left to their own devices, how do children interact with and explore the digital world? Their understanding of tech is different from ours.
As adults we carry technology in our pockets, and when we incorporate it into our parenting it’s an extension of other tools that already exist. Kids see and use tech as a way to learn about themselves and the world around them. While there have been lots of great resources on how to develop apps for kids, we found there were precious few that explore how to encourage a positive tech relationship for our children.
As a parent, you already have a fantastic gut instinct in this matter! We won’t tell you what’s best for your kids; instead, we'll share strategies for thinking about technology in a positive way. We’ll explore if and how technology has changed the way we parent our kids, how our kids interact with technology, and how we can help them build a healthy understanding and respect for tech and find their place in the digital world.

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Speakers
avatar for Paul McAleer

Paul McAleer

UX & Life Designer, Rightpoint
Paul McAleer is a UX person who has been working in design since 2000, and he firmly believes design is the way he can help people.
avatar for Elysse Zarek

Elysse Zarek

Producer, Bloom Digital Media
Elysse is a user experience designer and interactive project manager with a decade of experience in the digital space. Her specialties include digital storytelling, user experience strategy, team leadership, and project management. She has produced and led a variety of technical projects... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Hiding in Plain Sight, Anonymizing the Internet
With the NSA and corporations seemingly tracking your every move online, how do anonymous services and networks truly protect your information? Which ones simply mask your identity, and which ones provide you with a truly secure or anonymous way of communicating. We'll explore everything from incognito mode, to TOR, to apps like Whisper and Secret. Taking a developers point of view on the available code and implementations of each type of service.


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Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Hiding in Plain Sight, Anonymizing the Internet
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
With the NSA and corporations seemingly tracking your every move online, how do anonymous services and networks truly protect your information? Which ones simply mask your identity, and which ones provide you with a truly secure or anonymous way of communicating. We'll explore everything from incognito mode, to TOR, to apps like Whisper and Secret. Taking a developers point of view on the available code and implementations of each type of service.

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Speakers
IM

Ian MacDowell

Creative Technologist, argo design


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Lost in Translation: Slang, Search and Social
Slang. Sarcasm. Irony. We use it every day, whether we’re speaking, messaging, tweeting or posting. It’s a language of its own, built around context and inflection.
But what does “irony” look like to an algorithm? How do you build technology that recognizes a digital sneer, acknowledges sentiment, and – with a human ear – ‘gets’ grammatically imprecise, conversational, nuanced speech? How do you teach engines to understand context – and the parallels between proper speech and the slang we all use?
Find out how Natural Language Processing (NLP) is tackling context in search and social media in a session with two of the web’s leading social analytics and linguistics technologists, Howard Lau and Farzad Ehsani. During their discussion, each will offer insights into the future of social sentiment analysis, online search and data discovery – and what people are really saying online.

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Speakers
avatar for Farzad Ehsani

Farzad Ehsani

Founder & CEO, Fluential
Farzad is a serial entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to creating unique products and services that feature speech or language-related technologies. A multi-linguist, Ehsani graduated from MIT with a BS in Computer Science and an MS and Engineer's degree in Electrical Enginnering... Read More →
avatar for Howard Lau

Howard Lau

CEO and Chairman of Attensity, Attensity
Howard Lau possesses more than 25 years of experience in the business software sector and an extensive background in investments and operations. A Founding Executive at SAP Labs and SAP Ventures, he most recently served as Managing Director at East Gate Capital, where he poured 10... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Official Reddit SXSW Meet Up!
Whether you're a lurker, someone who up votes or just a die-hard redditor, we hope you join us for a chance to hang out with your fellow redditors in a casual and fun setting at SXSW! Come discuss everything from /r/onetruegod to /r/news and have a blast. Join Victoria from reddit and Logan from the Daily Dot for the official reddit SXSW meetup - we hope to see you there!
(No trolls allowed)

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Speakers
avatar for Logan Youree

Logan Youree

Operations, Community, & Business Intelligence Manager, The Daily Dot
I'm an Austinite and 13-year veteran of SXSW who loves the connections that SXSW can build.


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 508 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Google Analytics Hacks to Track Almost Anything
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Prerequisites:
Prior experience with Google Analytics.
What to Bring:
Laptop, Google Analytics account.
Google Analytics has evolved beyond a basic web analytics platform into an enterprise level analytics solution. Most people only track the basics on their websites or mobile apps but Google Analytics is capable of much more. In the first hour of this workshop, we’ll look at some of the more advanced features, like bringing outside data sources into Google Analytics and what can be tracked outside of digital. This will be followed by a short break. In the second hour, we’ll look at how to get data out of Google Analytics and the tools available that will help turn your data into something that people will use.

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Speakers
avatar for Dylan Spencer

Dylan Spencer

Analytics Director, Huge
Dylan Spencer (Analytics Lead) implements site analytics and data visualization for major Huge clients including French's Mustard and Frank's Red Hot, TD Ameritrade, Audi, and TempurPedic. Prior to joining Huge, he was Director of Analytics at both 33Across and The JAR Group, working... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 303-304 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Everyone's a Little Gay: Thanks, Social Media!
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
We challenge you to find us the most severe homophobe who won’t engage with a Facebook post from George Takei. OK, well, maybe that’s extreme, but the fact is that social networks are exhibiting statistical evidence that they’re becoming a big front for the love moment.
Love is Love.
It Gets Better.
Obama tweeting for gay marriage.
Is everyone finally able to admit they’re just a little gay? Or is it that dissent is finding its voice elsewhere? What is the true impact of social media in the battle for acceptance? A digital media expert and a comedian in the brand business - both of whom are a little gay - will talk about how the love online is making a difference in the larger world.

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Speakers
GN

Graham Nolan

VP Dir Mktg Comuncatons NA, Momentum
Graham Nolan is a New York-based stand-up, writer and storyteller who has performed at the Gotham Comedy Club, UCBeast, the People's Improv Theater and beyond. A graduate of Chicago's Second City conservatory program, he acted in and co-wrote several shows at Second City's Skybox... Read More →
avatar for Edward Revis

Edward Revis

Director, Strategy & Innovations, Essence Digital
Eddie is a little more than just a little gay. His favorite movie is Overboard with Goldie Hawn - and he was hell-bent on marrying Kurt Russell. When that didn't work out, he became a strategist. Eddie fell in love with kind of insights, creativity and technology that actually let... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Mentor Session: Richard Botto
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Richard Botto

Richard Botto

Founder & CEO, Stage32.com
Richard "RB" Botto is the Founder & CEO of Stage 32 (www.stage32.com), the world's largest social media site and educational hub for film, television and theater creatives.


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I 300 E 4th St

5:00pm

Serial, Social Engagement to Build Global Fanbase
With over a billion reads and half a million fans on Twitter and Instagram, 25 year-old Texan Anna Todd is a social media phenomenon. In under a year, Anna wrote After "the most talked about story on the Internet," landed a six-figure publishing deal, and had her story optioned for film. So, how’d she do it?
Anna completely removed the barrier between writer and reader. She established an incredible social foundation by connecting and interacting with her fans on Wattpad and several other social networks. Today Anna is an international social star. She’s made reading a fully interactive experience for her millions of devout and enthusiastic fans.

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Speakers
avatar for Candice Faktor

Candice Faktor

Head of Business, Wattpad
Candice Faktor is a disruptive innovator with a passion for growing consumer Internet businesses.
avatar for Anna Todd

Anna Todd

Author, Wattpad
With over a billion reads and half a million fans on Twitter and Instagram, twenty-five year-old Texas-native Anna Todd is a social media phenomenon. In under a year, Anna wrote After, the most talked about story on the Internet, landed a six figure publishing deal, and had her story... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

We’re All ADHD: Social Media & Attention Disorders
America is having trouble paying attention. As of 2011, 11% of children age 4-17 and 20% of college students had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, making it second only to asthma as the most commonly diagnosed long-term health disorder in young adults. But what if we’re doing it to ourselves? Social media has had countless unintended effects beyond the original utility of staying in touch with friends. In the past decade we’ve seen significant changes to our collective attention span, including differences in the way we conceptualize focus, self-regulation and executive functioning. Part of what we’re doing with all of that time on social media is curating the personal brands the majority of the outside world sees, which makes it harder to accept our limitations. We expect success and when we don’t achieve it, we look for quick solves that require minimal effort - like stimulant medications to help us focus. What if we're all ADHD?

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Speakers
avatar for Lizz Pietrus

Lizz Pietrus

Assoc Dir, Mobile & Social Platforms, R/GA
Lizz has been leading social media, influencer engagement and content strategy initiatives for clients in the CPG, spirits and automotive industries since 2004. Prior to R/GA she lead the social media practice at Walton Isaacson, developing integrated plans to foster social community... Read More →
avatar for Michael Pietrus PsyD

Michael Pietrus PsyD

Staff Psychologist, University of Chicago - Student Counseling Services
Mike is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Senior Staff Psychologist at the University of Chicago Student Counseling Service, where he provides psychotherapy, consultation and assessment. He also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and directs the ADHD assessment... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

When Should Privacy Trump Free Speech?
In a May 2014 decision, Europe’s highest ruled that search engines doing business in the EU must process takedown requests for search results that individuals believe violate their privacy rights -- creating a formal, EU-wide "right to be forgotten." Since then, they have been flooded with tens of thousands of such requests. More often than not, these are to factually accurate public information. Many critics, such as TechDirt's Mike Masnick, worry that this has already opened the door for disgraced politicians, sex offenders, and malpractice-burdened doctors to wipe their slate clean (http://j.mp/1nS4Vv0). And an editorial from the Wall Street Journal warned this would create “an Internet with borders,” where access to information differs depending on where you live.
Join us for a discussion of the EU decision's consequences, its spread to other countries, and how it is already affecting American tech companies and Internet entrepreneurs. And if it could ever take root in America.

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Speakers
avatar for Mike Godwin

Mike Godwin

Gen Counsel & Dir of Innovation Policy, Internews
Michael Godwin is an American attorney and author. He was the first staff counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the creator of the Internet adage Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies. From July 2007 to October 2010, he was general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation... Read More →
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Zach Graves

Dig Dir, R Street Institute
Zach Graves is digital director and policy analyst focusing on technology issues at the libertarian-leaning R Street Institute. He heads up R Street's digital advocacy and activism efforts, and leads the institute's campaigns on a variety of tech policy issues including innovation... Read More →
avatar for Emma Llansó

Emma Llansó

Dir, Project on Free Expression, Center for Democracy and Technology
Emma Llansó is the Director of CDT’s Project on Free Expression, which works to promote policies that support users’ free expression rights in the United States and around the world.
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Jillian York

Dir for Intl Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Jillian C. York is a writer and activist focused on the intersection of


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St
 
Monday, March 16
 

9:30am

Money Can’t Buy Happiness but Data Can Teach It
From Pharrell’s Happy to #100HappyDays and the bestselling The Happiness Project, the pursuit of happiness has become a global effort. At the same time, the Quantified Self movement has taught people the benefits of studying performance and behavior. We’re on the precipice of combining our desire for happiness with data analysis and visualization, which will help build the emotional graph.
As the social graph helps us understand our connections to people, places and things using our activity online and the health graph documents our digital health connections and records our progress over time, the emotional graph will blend our interest in happiness with our ability to better understand our lives through digital tools. It will provide the ability to drill deep and analyze how our emotional fitness relates to and changes during our lives.
This presentation will explore how the emotional graph will make us more prepared and equipped to develop our happiness.

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Speakers
avatar for Ofer Leidner

Ofer Leidner

President, Happify
Ofer Leidner is one of three co-founders of Happify and is the company’s President. A former casual gaming entrepreneur, Ofer works with Happify’s scientific advisors to help create interactive, engaging experiences on the site. He also directs the company’s growth through strategic... Read More →
avatar for Acacia Parks

Acacia Parks

Asst Professor of Psychology & Happify Scientific Advisor, Happify & Hiram College
Acacia Parks is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Hiram College and a scientific advisor to Happify, a website and app designed to help people live happier, more fulfilling lives through science-based games. She is a leading expert on the science of happiness – specifically... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Social Media Strategy Swap
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Every community manager has his or her own secret sauce when creating and executing awesome social media campaigns. At this Social Media Strategy Swap, we’ll swap the latest and greatest social media strategy and execution tips and tricks. Come prepared to hear strategy tips from social media experts and share your secret sauce to make the socialsphere a more engaging place to work.

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Speakers
avatar for Martín La Rocca

Martín La Rocca

Digital Producer, Social Factor
I've worn many hats in social media campaigns from ideation through execution. Content developer, community manager, strategist, moderator, analyst/technologist and a few others.
avatar for Jessica Warren

Jessica Warren

Jr Creative Dir, INK Public Relations
At INK Public Relations I have developed, launched, implemented and measured social media campaigns for all types of clients - ranging from one that makes B2B identity theft protection technologies to one that specializes in B2C furniture rental.


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Surveillance Photography: Personal, Public, Profit
In the age of pervasive public monitoring and personal sharing, can individual privacy really exist? The advent of drone and smart-phone photography, metadata mining and wearable cameras has had an effect on anyone who walks down a street, uses email, posts a video or searches online for companionship. This panel discussion, featuring an educator, critic, and industry professionals who engage with a wide variety of surveillance photography issues will address what we should and should not fear, share and be aware of. On one hand, surveillance technology is used as an instrument to watch, document, record and potentially infringe on human rights and encroach on our essential freedoms and on the other hand the latest technology is being used to better communities with accurate data required to influence positive community development and change. The issue of who owns, controls, and/or profits from our (often very personal) visual information will be addressed.

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Speakers
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Katrin Eismann

Chair, MPS Digital Photography, The School of Visual Arts
Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected artist, teacher, and author specializing in creative digital photography and the impact of emerging technologies upon professional photographers, artists, and educators. – all of which have been translated into numerous languages for... Read More →
avatar for David Fine

David Fine

Product Manager, Placemeter
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Oskar Kalmaru

CMO, Narrative
Oskar Kalmaru is the co-founder of and chief marketing officer at Narrative, the Stockholm company behind the Narrative Clip, the world’s smallest wearable camera that gives users a searchable and sharable photographic memory. In 2012, Oskar and five fellow serial entrepreneurs... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Mayes

Stephen Mayes

CEO, Stephen Mayes Co
Stephen Mayes for over twenty-five years has managed the work and careers of top-level photographers and artists in areas as diverse as art, fashion, photojournalism and commercial photography. As creative director, CEO and ambassador for the medium of photography, he has written... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

What’s Next? Surveillance Reform Post-Snowden
It has been more than a year since Edward Snowden exposed the inner workings of the NSA, setting off an intense national debate about the proper balance between security and privacy. There have been a number of reforms over the past year, including some changes directed by the President, a variety of court decisions – including a recent Supreme Court decision increasing mobile phone privacy, and a number of bills put forward in Congress – the fate of which remains uncertain. But for all the buzz, how much has actually changed? Have we gone too far in our attempts at reform, not far enough, or have we somehow gotten it just right? To explore these questions, the Strauss Center at the University of Texas will host a SXSW Interactive session featuring debate and dialogue between two experts in this area: Professor Bobby Chesney of UT’s Strauss Center, and Hanni Fakhoury of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Speakers
avatar for Robert Chesney

Robert Chesney

Dir, Robert S Strauss Center, The University of Texas School of Law
Bobby Chesney is the Charles I. Francis Professor in Law (and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs) at the University of Texas-Austin, where also is the director of the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. He blogs at www.lawfareblog.com, and you can follow him on Twitter... Read More →
avatar for Hanni Fakhoury

Hanni Fakhoury

Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Hanni Fakhoury focuses on criminal law, privacy and free speech litigation and advocacy. He's represented clients in criminal and civil government investigations and written numerous amicus briefs in state and federal courts throughout the country on electronic searches and cybercrime... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Is Privacy a Human Right?
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Should the right to own one’s data be the 28th amendment? Though it may sound trite, as more of our intimate data makes its way onto easily stolen mobile devices, public clouds and shared networks, criminals, cops and corporations can now monitor your every move more efficiently than before. As the next billion global citizens log on to participate in the online economy, it’s important to ask: is privacy a fundamental human right, or a luxury for those who can afford it? With Europe passing the "right to be forgotten," privacy is a truly global issue. This presentation will explore the intersection of privacy, policy and technology.

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Speakers
avatar for David Gorodyansky

David Gorodyansky

CEO/Founder, AnchorFree
David Gorodyansky is the co-founder and CEO of AnchorFree, maker of Hotspot Shield – the world’s largest Internet freedom and personal privacy platform and the biggest disrupter of Internet censorship. The app has had over 300 million downloads to date on mobile devices and computers... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Is Using Your Users OK? Debating User Monetization
Consumer apps and services are defaulting to monetization strategies based on buying and selling personal information. That is, selling access to their users, or access to their users’ data. This extends into the advertising and martech landscapes which is designed to help brands capture more and more data about their users with the promise of better monetization strategies based on leveraging that data, but the end result is a mad scramble for every app, service, vendor, or platform to collect as much data about users as possible, often without a fully fledged notion of how it will be used now, and no guarantees of its use in the future.
Where is this gold rush for user data heading? Users seem to trade their data away willingly, but is there a backlash brewing? And what should the default relationship between a user and a service be with regards to their data?
Ad and martech will tell you it's a value exchange, but what will trust mean around user data over the next 5 years?

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Speakers
avatar for Sofie Pompa

Sofie Pompa

Business Dev Mgr, Spredfast
avatar for Damon Reeve

Damon Reeve

CEO, Authenticated Digital
Damon's first foray into the internet media industry was producing and launching the first radio website in Australia for ABC radio station Triple J in 1994. Since then, Damon has gone on to launch a number of internet businesses including Unanimis, an advertising sales network in... Read More →
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Reggie Wideman

Sr Dir/Strategy, Janrain
Reggie Wideman brings more than fourteen years of strategy leadership experience in digital engagement, marketing and marketing technology. He began his career defining digital experiences for the National Academy of Sciences before moving to the west coast in 2004 to work for startups... Read More →
avatar for Tyler Willis

Tyler Willis

CMO, Hired
Tyler Willis is the Chief Marketing Officer of Hired, a marketplace that gives people control over their job search. As a technology executive and investor, Tyler specializes in helping early-stage startups become world class businesses.


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

The Changing Privacy Landscape
The notion of privacy is rapidly changing as people work to define boundaries in their increasingly digital lives. As people become more aware of how their personal information is used and tracked, they live in uncomfortable spaces. Sometimes people make conscious trade-offs, providing personal information in return for something they value; at other times they are oblivious.
The Pew Research Center’s Internet Project plans to release new survey research findings related to privacy’s future at SXSW. The new report will detail the social and business implications of a reshaped privacy landscape, shedding light on potential market opportunities and aiding digital innovators in navigating challenging consumer spaces.
Pew Research’s new data, along with expert analysis from the Center for Democracy & Technology, will help attendees better understand what citizens and consumers expect from companies and governments when it comes to personal data.

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Speakers
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Nuala O'Connor

Pres & CEO, Center for Democracy & Technology
Nuala O’Connor is the President & CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology. She is an internationally recognized expert in Internet and technology policy, particularly in the areas of privacy and information governance. Nuala is passionate about the ways technology and the... Read More →
avatar for Lee Rainie

Lee Rainie

Dir, Pew Research Center
Lee Rainie is the director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, which has studied the social impact of digital technologies since 2000. He gives several dozen speeches a year to government officials, media leaders, scholars and students, technology executives... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

11:30am

The Digital Mystique
In The Digital Mystique, Sarah Granger takes a critical look at what the Internet, social media, and mobile technologies are doing to us, our lives, and our world. A first generation digital native, Sarah shares anecdotes from more than 30 years of observing the evolution of the Internet, expertise from her career in IT and digital media, and extensive research on the impact of these technologies on our daily lives.
While acknowledging the potential costs of our increasingly digital identities, Granger reveals the positive effects—how we learn, grow, and thrive through deeper connections. She takes us on a tour through each layer of our lives, and how to enrich them online: navigating friendships, deepening relationships, teaching kids, exploring passions, building communities, making a difference, managing our time, empowering ourselves, and leaving a legacy.

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Speakers
avatar for Sarah Granger

Sarah Granger

Author, The Digital Mystique
Sarah Granger is an award-winning digital media innovator and bestselling author of The Digital Mystique: How the Culture of Connectivity Can Empower Your Life — Online and Off. She has spent more than 25 years building technology and media ventures and her writing has reached millions... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:30am - 11:50am
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Dumb App Design: Yo and the Magic Of Minimalism
What's the difference between simple and stupid when it comes to mobile app design? How do you know what features to keep and which to scrap? Few know better than the founder of Yo, the app that only lets you send someone the word "Yo". It's been called the dumbest app ever, but with millions of downloads and funding dollars, it's become an emblem for stripped-down user experiences. Yo founder Or Arbel will discuss how anyone can build an app that's lean and lovable. We'll explore why and how tech giants like Facebook are unbundling features and turning them into standalone apps. And look at how lightweight apps can avoid getting boring so they can become real businesses.

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Speakers
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Or Arbel

Co-Founder & CEO, Yo
Or Arbel is the co-founder and CEO of Yo, a single-tap zero character communication tool. Orbel coded Yo in just eight hours in April 2014, but it has since grown to millions of users and has raised millions of dollars in funding. Orbel was previously the iOS team leader for photo... Read More →
avatar for Joshua S Constine

Joshua S Constine

Writer, TechCrunch
Josh writes tech news and opinion for TechCrunch. He is an experienced public speaker, having moderated fireside chats and panels at over a dozen conferences including SXSW and TechCrunch Disrupt. He specializes in critical analysis of social and communication technologies. His goal... Read More →
avatar for Josh Constine

Josh Constine

Writer, TechCrunch
Josh writes tech news and opinion for TechCrunch. He is an experienced public speaker, having moderated fireside chats and panels at over a dozen conferences including SXSW and TechCrunch Disrupt. He specializes in critical analysis of social and communication technologies. His goal... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Effective Partnerships: Privacy in a Connected World
The advent of Internet of Things and connected devices has created a critical moment in our relationship with technology and personal data. This data explosion transcends borders and industries while often leaving ambiguous interpretations for where security and privacy meet. As partnerships are considered to address evolving cyber risks , there is a continuous need to protect law enforcement and government needs while balancing privacy protections for businesses, regulators, and consumers. Understanding these tensions between government and industry has never been more important as we work to achieve effective cyber partnerships that balance the needs of privacy and security.
In this presentation, Bob Butler will discuss balancing information, privacy and security in the age of Big Data and offer enterprise best practices for building effective cyber partnerships that protect privacy, maintain compliance, and minimize the risks of exposure of sensitive data.

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Speakers
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Robert Butler

Sr Adv, The Chertoff Group


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Rumors During War Time
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
During the last war in Gaza, WhatsApp became a major tool for spreading rumors in Israel and throughout the Middle East. An old Hebrew expression evokes “Major Shmuati” as an army figure who spreads rumors – whether they be about the sexual orientation of politicians or undercover army maneuvers. In July 2014, thanks to social media, Major Shmuati was promoted. Since a lag exists before the mass media was able to report on casualties, people on the ground were able to start spreading information – and misinformation – about the numbers of casualties and even names of the dead, via the app – at lightning speed. In one case a family learned that their soldier son had been killed; later they found out it was untrue.
This phenomenon obviously raises questions of social responsibility and public morale during war time. As a global tech innovator, Israel can serve as an interesting test case.

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Speakers
avatar for Lior Kodner

Lior Kodner

VP, Digital, Haaretz
I'm a specialist in product development and digital media. As the Chief Digital Officer for Haaretz, Israel’s most prestigious newspaper, I lead all of the Haaretz's new media endeavors from its business, technology, marketing and editorial aspects.


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Surveillance, Trust & Ethics: Restoring the Faith
The Snowden files revealed the extent of surveillance programmers undertaken by the NSA and GCHQ in a digital world where we increasingly spend more and more of our lives online.
The extent to which private companies are cooperating with the government agencies has been a major concern for internet users across the world and legislators have struggled to keep pace with the changing nature of digital to maintain balance between the individual right to privacy and the need for national security.
This session hosted by theguardian.com will explore the extent to which that balance has tipped in favor of governments in the US and EU.

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Speakers
avatar for Stewart Baker

Stewart Baker

Partner, former General Counsel of the National Security Agency
Stewart Baker is a partner in the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C. From 2005 to 2009, he was the first Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. His law practice covers homeland security, international trade, cybersecurity, data protection... Read More →
avatar for Emily Bell

Emily Bell

Dir, Tow Center for Digital Journalism, University Of Columbia
Emily Bell was director of digital content for Britain's Guardian News and Media from 2006 to 2010. Previous to that post, Bell was editor-in-chief of Guardian Unlimited from 2001 to 2006. Under Bell, the Guardian received numerous awards, including the Webby Award for a newspaper... Read More →
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Jemima Kiss

Head of Technology, Guardian News & Media
Jemima Kiss joined the Guardian in 2006 and covers big tech businesses, startups and technology trends. She is a permanent fixture on the Tech Weekly podcast and sits on the British Journalism Review editorial board. A proud graduate of Dartington College of Arts, Jemima has covered... Read More →
avatar for Michael P Lynch

Michael P Lynch

Professor of Philosophy, University of Connecticut
Michael P. Lynch is professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut where he directs the Humanities Institute. Most well known for his work on the value of truth in democracy, he is a frequent contributor to the NY Times “The Stone” blog. In 2013, he authored an amicus... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

A Look Inside DARPA
Everyone knows DARPA developed the Internet, but it’s lesser known that DARPA shepherded inventions like pocket-sized GPS, Siri, night vision goggles, self-driving cars, and countless other technologies. DARPA hires brilliant engineers, entrepreneurs, and scientists to identify impossible problems and then allocates millions of dollars to solve them. Dan Kaufman, director of DARPA’s Information Innovation office, believes in impossible things. And he thinks no is a lazy answer. The Silicon Valley veteran and former co-COO of Dreamworks Interactive has assembled a team of experts to solve some of the biggest problems in cybersecurity and big data. Join Dan as he discusses his journey to DARPA, how the agency is applying software innovation to issues like human trafficking, how computers will soon self-heal after a hacking attempt, and how technologies designed for national security will also make the world a better place.

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Speakers
avatar for Dan Kaufman

Dan Kaufman

Dir, Information Innovation Office, DARPA
Dan Kaufman is a Bay Area technology veteran who is now director of DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O), the office charged with the agency’s software innovations, particularly in cybersecurity and big data analytics. He created the office in August 2010 under then-director... Read More →
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Danny Yadron

Computer Security Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Danny Yadron covers cybersecurity from The Wall Street Journal's San Francisco bureau. He usually writes about hackers, cybercops and what companies do (and don't do) to stay safe on the Internet. At the Journal, he also has covered tech policy, a presidential campaign, national politics... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Anyone Can Prevent Cyberwar: Here's How
At dawn on 12 March 2013, police in Bahrain raided the house of 17 year-old Ali Shofa, confiscated his laptop and phone, and took him into custody. Ali was charged with writing anonymous Tweets referring to Bahrain's king as a "dictator," and was sentenced to 1 year in prison. Authorities had tracked him down by hijacking Ali's friend's account to send malicious links to Ali.
Governments, cyber militias, and others increasingly seek to exploit the digital security vulnerabilities of their adversaries to cause physical harm including imprisonment, disappearances, and even murder. A growing commercial "lawful intercept" industry from the West supplements freely available tools from the hacker underground.
Learn more from security researchers and victims alike about how these crimes have unfolded and what you can do to prevent them. Even if you’re not a computer security expert--or have never traveled outside of the US--you can play a part in making such abuses a thing of the past.

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Speakers
avatar for Collin Anderson

Collin Anderson

Researcher, Bahrain Watch
Collin Anderson is a Washington D.C.-based researcher focused on measurement and control of the Internet, including network ownership and access restrictions, with an emphasis on countries that restrict the free flow of information. Through open research and cross-organizational collaboration... Read More →
avatar for Eva Galperin

Eva Galperin

Activist, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Eva Galperin is a Global Policy Analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Her work is primarily focused on privacy and security for vulnerable populations around the world. To that end, she has applied the combination of her political science and technical background to everything... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Lackey

Ryan Lackey

Principal of Security Practice, CloudFlare
Security and privacy advocate and entrepreneur. Founded the world's first offshore datahaven, HavenCo, in 2000, as well as working on anonymous electronic cash and active participant on the cypherpunks mailing list. Bootstrapped a satellite/wireless ISP in Iraq and Afghanistan from... Read More →
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Bill Marczak

Activist, Bahrain Watch
Bill Marczak is one of the founders of Bahrain Watch, a research and advocacy organization that focuses on corporate sponsors of repression -- arms, surveillance, and PR firms -- in Bahrain and the broader GCC region. Bill is also a PhD student at UC Berkeley, and Research Fellow... Read More →
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Morgan Marquis-Boire

Dir of Security, First Look Media
Morgan Marquis-Boire is a Senior Researcher and Technical Advisor at the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He is the Director of Security for First Look Media. Prior to this he worked on the security team at Google. He is a founding member of... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Digital Afterlife: 6 Feet Under and 6 Years Later
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
In 2009, Evan Carroll and John Romano brought SXSW a first conversation about the digital afterlife. Now six years later, what once was an emerging field is no longer. Seven states have enacted laws to address digital assets with more on the way. Facebook, Google and Yahoo have all released features to help users deal with their digital demise. Countless startups seek to help out with services ranging from posthumous email and online memorials to password vaults and perpetual file storage. With all of this activity, it's time to rethink how we deal with death in the digital age. Join Evan Carroll, co-founder of The Digital Beyond and co-author of Your Digital Afterlife, for a fascinating journey through the past, present and future of the digital afterlife.

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Speakers
avatar for Evan Carroll

Evan Carroll

Author & Founder, The Digital Beyond
Evan Carroll is a user experience designer, author and speaker from Raleigh, NC. He is co-founder of The Digital Beyond, a blog and think tank devoted to digital afterlife and legacy issues.


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

IBM and Twitter: The Future of Digital Engagement
The nature of relationships between individuals and organizations has changed dramatically in the data-driven age. To cut through the heightened noise of competing messages, brands have to be engaging storytellers and provide meaningful and personalized experiences for their audiences. But creating authentic engagement is still an elusive goal for most companies.
The panel will discuss the evolution of social and digital engagement, including the move from social media to deeper relationship building. The panelists will draw from their diverse backgrounds and experiences to share insights on cultural shifts and converging technologies that will enable new ways to communicate, work and co-create.
Presented by IBM

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Speakers
avatar for Brian Fanzo

Brian Fanzo

Chief Digital Strategist & Partner, Broadsuite
I Talk Fast and Tweet Faster
avatar for Bryan Kramer

Bryan Kramer

Social Business Strategist & CEO, PureMatter
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Will Mayo

Sr Mgr Data Partnerships, Twitter
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Maria Winans

VP Social Business & Industry Cloud Solutions Mkg, IBM
Maria Winans is Vice President of IBM Social Business Category and Industry Cloud Solutions Marketing, where she is responsible for helping IBM clients achieve overall business effectiveness with a solutions-centric approach creating value for the line-of-business. She maintains her... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Radisson Town Lake Riverside Ballroom 111 E Cesar Chavez

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Kyle Britt
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Kyle Britt

Kyle Britt

Sr Strategist Digital, HAVAS helia
Kyle J. Britt is a digital leader with a generalist background. Kyle has worked in digital marketing and advertising, both on the client side and the agency side, for a dozen years while also founding or co-founding three companies, from musical artist promotion and event production... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

4:30pm

Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture
To quote a famous Internet meme, trolling is why we can't have nice things online. Or at least that's what we have been led to believe. In this provocative book, Whitney Phillips argues that trolling, widely condemned as obscene and deviant, actually fits comfortably within the contemporary media landscape. Trolling may be obscene, but, Phillips argues, it isn't all that deviant. Trolls' actions are born of and fueled by culturally sanctioned impulses – which are just as damaging as the trolls' most disruptive behaviors.
Phillips describes, for example, the relationship between trolling and sensationalist corporate media – pointing out that for trolls, exploitation is a leisure activity; for media, it's a business strategy. She shows how trolls, "the grimacing poster children for a socially networked world," align with social media. And she documents how trolls, in addition to parroting media tropes, also offer a grotesque pantomime of dominant cultural tropes, including gendered notions of dominance and success and an ideology of entitlement. We don't just have a trolling problem, Phillips argues; we have a culture problem. This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things isn't only about trolls; it's about a culture in which trolls thrive.

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Speakers
avatar for Whitney Phillips

Whitney Phillips

Communication Lecturer, Humboldt State University
I have a BA in Philosophy from Humboldt State University (2004), an MFA in Creative Writing (fiction) from Emerson College (2007), and in 2012 received my PhD in English with a Digital Culture/Folklore structured emphasis from the University of Oregon. I am currently a Communication... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 4:30pm - 4:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

A Framework for Privacy by Design
We live in an era where the pace of technological advancement is speeding along faster than the world can comprehend or respond. As we try to keep up, we are merging our limited understanding of emerging technology with our own antiquated views, policies and concepts related to personal identity, privacy and data governance. As a result, the world is playing an awkward and inefficient global game of “catch-up” that may do more harm to privacy than good. It is time for a more proactive stance; a vision, framework and standards that can help the world incorporate "Privacy by Design.” Join these two incredible thought leaders for a conversation around a new, global Privacy by Design concept that incorporates standards for privacy as an integral part and practice of development. We’ll explore what we own, how we store it, and who’s responsible for keeping it secure and what’s at stake for the future. Part of the IEEE Future Identity Series.

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Speakers
avatar for Parry Aftab

Parry Aftab

CEO, WiredTrust
Parry Aftab is a digital privacy and security lawyer, best practices consultant and cyberwellness professional. She is the Managing Director of WiredTrust, the digital risk management consulting firm. She also founded and runs the world's first cybersafety charity, WiredSafety, and... Read More →
avatar for Mat Honan

Mat Honan

Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, BuzzFeed


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Creepy or Cool: Privacy Risks & Social Norms
Technology is allowing us to connect and communicate in new and fascinating ways – but, this also challenges traditional social norms. We are literally, as a society, trying to figure out the new normal for the Digital Age. Online dating, social networking, ubiquitous computing, and the digitization of our offline selves is creating ample opportunities for businesses to innovate and provide cool new services and products. But by doing so, businesses also open themselves up to tremendous privacy risk.
New services can be considered creepy or invasive, often producing negative headlines, lawsuits and regulatory attention. Plus, businesses and consumers don’t know something is creepy until after the fact—and what seems creepy now may not be so in the near future. So how do businesses predict what privacy issues might come out of new technological services or decide that what seems creepy now won’t be eventually?

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Speakers
avatar for Jedidiah Bracy

Jedidiah Bracy

Editor, Privacy Perspectives, International Association of Privacy Professionals
As editor of the Privacy Perspectives, Jedidiah Bracy moderates the many views, angles and, well, perspectives that inform information privacy and all its adjacent professions.
avatar for StJohn Deakins

StJohn Deakins

Founder, CEO, citizenme
StJohn is CEO and founder of citizenme.com the service which gives you value for being you by unlocking the value of personal data. He is a a successful serial Mobile Internet entrepreneur, digital visionary, mobile evangelist, and documentary producer.
avatar for Joseph Lorenzo  Hall

Joseph Lorenzo Hall

Chief Technologist, Center for Democracy and Technology
Joseph Lorenzo Hall is the Chief Technologist at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the internet remains open, innovative and free. Hall's work focuses on the intersection of technology, law, and policy, working... Read More →
avatar for Karen Levy

Karen Levy

Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU School of Law
I’m a postdoctoral research associate at New York University School of Law’s Information Law Institute and NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. I’m also a fellow at the Data and Society Research Institute. I research how law and technology interact to regulate... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

How Framing Affects Privacy Decisions
The decisions people make about privacy are influenced by “framing”— that is, the way they conceive the options they have to choose from, the outcomes associated with these options, and the contingencies between options and outcomes. Research in behavioral economics, communication, and psychology has identified several factors that affect framing, leading people to frame the same putative decision in dramatically different w ays. In this presentation, McGlone will describe five of these framing factors: linguistic agency, nominalization, anchoring, loss aversion, and the endowment effect. He will use non-technical language to review each factor and its effects on judgment and privacy decisions. He will also address practical suggestions for incorporating these factors into strategic communications about privacy and information security decisions.

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Speakers
avatar for Matthew McGlone

Matthew McGlone

Assoc Professor/PhD, The University of Texas Center for Identity
Dr. Matthew S. McGlone (Ph.D., Princeton University) is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and an affiliate of the Center for Identity at The University of Texas at Austin, studies the cognitive foundations of human communication. His research focuses on strategies of persuasion... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 4 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Fallacy of Social at Work
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
What you've been promised about communicating openly with anyone across your organization isn't entirely true. Even though trends you may read about suggest otherwise, even though people say they want to be more transparent, many don’t. Not everybody wants to hear your ideas or opinions, and sometimes, your colleagues aren't even allowed to hear them. Being social is who you are. You've made being social part of who you are, so it probably comes as a shock to know that reaching out might be difficult if not impossible. But sometimes, there are reasons why a company may want or need wall off certain people or groups from others. There may be ethical, generational, or cultural challenges, or there may be regulatory or legal implications that prevent collaborative communication. So how do you know when you should be social and when you should be anti-social?

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Speakers
avatar for Joanna Belbey

Joanna Belbey

Social Media Strategist, Actiance Inc
Joanna is a Social Media and Compliance Specialist helping regulated firms use social media effectively, while complying with rules and regulations. Joanna is an enthusiastic user of social media (follow her @belbey) and provides strategic counsel and support on best practices for... Read More →
avatar for Julian Mills

Julian Mills

Head, Corporate Intranet & Internal Social Media, Bank of Montreal
Passionate and results-driven leader with expertise in marketing innovation, social media utilization, and digital workplace productivity. Possesses deep and varied experience working with leading global organizations in financial services, technology, not-for-profit, professional... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 404 110 E 2nd St
 
Tuesday, March 17
 

9:30am

What the IoT Means For Public Safety
Weaving together our physical and digital worlds through the Internet of Things (IoT) has tremendous potential to help organizations create value, but also increases our vulnerability. To explore this tension head-on, our panel discusses what the IoT means for public safety – the good, the bad, and the ugly. The IoT can change the way public safety organizations execute their missions – helping them more effectively protect, respond, and enforce. However, as these devices become more integrated into our daily lives, they create vulnerabilities that pose public safety risks. While hacking a single home is invasive, malware that infects thousands of utility meters is an emergency. Government plays an important role in balancing these new realities, taking advantage of new capabilities to enhance public safety while also building an ecosystem to manage the complex threats created by the IoT – both of which may require government organizations to embrace new ways of working.

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Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Carr

Jeffrey Carr

President, Taia Global Inc
Jeffrey Carr is the founder and President of Taia Global, Inc. a cyber security company whose clients are in the defense sector and aerospace industry. He's also the founder of the Suits and Spooks security conference and the author of "Inside Cyber Warfare: Mapping the Cyber Underground... Read More →
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Max Meyers

GovLab Fellow, Deloitte Consulting
Max is a consultant in Deloitte’s human capital practice, where he enjoys pulling in emerging technologies and problem-solving techniques to help craft more effective workforce strategies. As a current GovLab Fellow, his research focuses on what the Internet of Things means for... Read More →
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Claire Niech

GovLab Fellow, Deloitte Consulting
Claire is a Fellow in Deloitte Consulting's GovLab, a think tank that examines how future trends will affect the federal government. At Deloitte, Claire is also a Strategy & Operations Consultant, focused on conducting policy analysis and strategic planning with federal government... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Building Trust in Community Marketplaces
Trust is one of the most important elements in building any online community, particularly in the 'share' economy as possessions, homes, resources, and skills are traded, rented, and sold.
This panel explores different strategies and approaches to building a responsible and secure community marketplace. Panelists from Airbnb, Etsy, and Sparkplug will share successes and failures, risks and rewards of community marketplaces.
We will discuss features to integrate into your platform to develop trust and safety within your community marketplace, as well as when and how to incorporate social media to strengthen community ties. The panel will also present different approaches to user disputes and complaints, insurance policies and liability, and customer service.

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Speakers
avatar for Steve Kirkham

Steve Kirkham

Trust & Safety, Airbnb
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Corinne Haxton Pavlovic

Director, Trust and Safety, Etsy
Corinne Haxton Pavlovic is Group Manager of Trust and Safety at Etsy, a marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods. She works to protect the marketplace from fraud, spam, harassment, and abuse. With over a million sellers and 20 million buyers... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Newman Sharpe

Jennifer Newman Sharpe

Principal Atty, JNS Law Offices/Sparkplug
Jennifer Newman Sharpe is an entertainment, intellectual property, and start up business attorney based in New York. She works closely with creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative clients to develop strategies and negotiate agreements in order to maximize their creative opportunities... Read More →
avatar for Julia Wilde

Julia Wilde

CEO, Sparkplug
Julia is cofounder and CEO of Sparkplug, the first community marketplace for musicians and artists to rent one another their instruments, gear, and space. Julia has worked as a session singer, voiceover artist, and musician for over twenty years. She was also with independent label... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Look Away: Managing Online Persona Expectations
We know that the Internet allows us to stay connected with family and friends, find romance, share expertise and skills, advocate for social issues, and advance our careers. It is a space that allows us to grow up and try on new identities. For most of us, what we do online affects many (and perhaps all) aspects of our lives.
So what happens if most of us, or even enough of us, focus our digital energies on maintaining our ideal work persona online? What if we take the common career advice to manage each piece of online information as if future employers might see it? Would we lose more than we gain?
This lively, research-supported session will explore companies’ aggressive cybervetting practices, the changing notions of what it means to fit in an organization, and how employees can balance transparency and privacy online. Let us find alternative ways to fulfill organizational due diligence while also respecting that people, including ourselves, have lives outside of work.

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Speakers
avatar for Brenda Berkelaar

Brenda Berkelaar

Asst Professor PHD, The University of Texas at Austin


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Malware in the Wild: Evolving to Evade Detection
Advanced malware is behind many headline-grabbing cyber-attacks, and untold others. It has evolved to elude detection by sensing its environment and - if anti-malware technology is detected - performing evasive maneuvers. Once it gains entry, it can lay dormant until the creator executes an attack. Malware has also developed symbiotic relationships, with one type facilitating distribution of another type that exploits the compromised system (for example, GoZeus and Cryptolocker).
Large organizations are responding with sophisticated security tools and threat response teams. In a neverending digital arms race, cybercriminals have responded in turn by creating malware that can now detect detection and essentially act normal, go on loop or abort the mission if it’s about to be caught by a scanner.
This presentation will reveal new insights into the evolution of advanced malware based on billions of files and URLs scanned in the wild and analyzed over a time period of four years.

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Speakers
avatar for Engin Kirda

Engin Kirda

Co-Founder & Chief Architect, Lastline
Dr. Engin Kirda is chief architect at advanced malware protection provider Lastline - which he co-founded in 2011 - as well as a computer science professor at Northeastern University in Boston. He has co-authored more than 90 published research papers. Before Northeastern, he held... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Our Digital Selves: What Privacy Means Now
With the enormous benefits that come from advances in technology that have transformed the way we live and work, come the consequences of living our lives through computer systems that can record our every move. In this digital era, how has our collective conception of “privacy” changed? How do emerging technologies impact corporate obligations concerning consumer information? And in that same vein, what standards and guidelines are necessary for agencies and government regulators to balance issues of national security with individual privacy? In the rise of the internet of things and connected devices, who can collect my personal data and what should they be allowed to use it for? Our panel will discuss all these questions and many more as they explore the boundaries of privacy and security in the 21st century.
Presented by Glen Echo Group

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Speakers
avatar for Jake Brewer

Jake Brewer

Managing Dir of External Affairs, Change.org
avatar for Casey Oppenheim

Casey Oppenheim

CEO, Disconnect
avatar for Amie Stepanovich

Amie Stepanovich

Sr Policy Counsel, Access Now
Amie Stepanovich is Senior Policy Counsel at Access. Amie is an expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law. At Access, Amie leads projects on digital due process and responds to threats at the intersection of human rights and communications surveillance. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Janice Tsai

Janice Tsai

Global Privacy Mgr, Microsoft Research


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Parkside Restaurant Upstairs 301 E 6th St

11:00am

We're All Related. The (Big) Data Proves It
The science behind leading personal genetics company, 23andMe, confirms our relatedness. Using big data from their database of 850,000 - the largest DNA ancestry service in the world - customers have the opportunity to discover dozens or even hundreds of people who share DNA and ancestors.
Inspired by his 23andMe experience, New York Times Bestselling author and journalist, AJ Jacobs, is trying to meet ALL his cousins in person by orchestrating the world's biggest and most inclusive family reunion in history. The Global Family Reunion endeavors to prove that all humans are related to encourage greater acceptance and tolerance.
23andMe and AJ will discuss how everyone's related and why it’s important to understand our human connections -- they’ll dive into the data with a dash of humor.

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Speakers
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Katarzyna Bryc

Population Geneticist, 23andMe Inc
Katarzyna ("Kasia") Bryc is a Population Geneticist at 23andMe. Dr. Bryc has developed statistical models that leverage genetic data to learn about ancient human history and migrations, recent population admixture and other forces shaping the human genome. Her prior research illuminated... Read More →
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AJ Jacobs

Author, N/A
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Joanna Mountain

Sr Dir of Research, 23andMe Inc
Joanna joined 23andMe in 2007 as a senior member of the Research Team. She served on the faculties of the Anthropological Sciences and Genetics Departments at Stanford University. Dr. Mountain’s professional and research interests include the patterns of genetic etiology across... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Feels X Gains: Emotions, Masculinity and Support
Offline you're a normal dude, happy enough, nice enough and good enough. Online though, you're either a raging douchebag who can do no wrong or a sadsack whose FB friends are all happier, famouser and in better relationships with hotter girls or guys.
Join our panel of mental health experts, healthy relationship facilitators, gender theorists and one meathead Jersey-boy poet to discuss how men talk about (or don't talk about) emotions online.
We've seen really horrible things done over the last year by men who are lost, who don't have a healthy relationship to their own feelings and who don't have a place to develop those emotions.
And what about community? Is it important for guys to have a safe space online? Or is that an invitation to create an angry mob of dudes? How can we be heard while still listening to and learning from others?
Let's create products and apps and programs and games that help guys figure out these complex feels. Together we can be awesomer.

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Speakers
avatar for Christopher Gandin Le

Christopher Gandin Le

CEO, Emotion Technology
Since graduating from Teachers College of Columbia University, Christopher Gandin Le has dedicated himself to harnessing the power of technology to save lives and educate people.
avatar for Emily Lindin

Emily Lindin

Founder/President, The UnSlut Project
Emily Lindin is the founder of The UnSlut Project, ​an online community where survivors of sexual bullying and "slut" shaming can share their stories, and where girls who are currently suffering can find support and solidarity. The UnSlut Project was inspired by Emily’s own experience... Read More →
avatar for Marcus Morieko

Marcus Morieko

Poet/Savage, Jersey Voice
avatar for David Tuck

David Tuck

Dir of Special Projects, Emotion Technology
avatar for Jamia Wilson

Jamia Wilson

Executive Director, Women Action and the Media
Jamia Wilson is many things: An activist. A feminist. A storyteller. A mediamaker. But more than anything, she is a natural-born thought leader. As Executive Director of YTH, a nonprofit organization that advances youth, health, and wellness through technology, the former TED Prize... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Follow the Money: Cyber Crime and the Black Market
What exactly happens when a cyber criminal steals your credit card number? Believe it or not, in a matter of a couple hours your personal information could have taken a trip to multiple countries before being sold on the Black Market. When it comes to cyber crime, the Internet is a global ecosystem and hackers know no borders. Come take a behind-the-scenes look as we follow a stolen credential’s international journey through the Black Market. See for yourself how cyber crime isn’t a single issue impacting one country, but rather a global issue impacting consumers, corporations and governments around the world. In what country will our stolen credential end up? Join us to find out.

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Speakers
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Byron Acohido

Editor-In-Chief, IDT911
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Byron Acohido is one of the nation’s most respected cybersecurity and privacy experts. Acohido recently joined identity risk consultancy IDT911 as Editor-In-Chief to lead the launch of a new online publication ( to be unveiled in August 2014.) This... Read More →
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Joel Lang

Dev Dir, CSID
Joel Lang has spent the last five years in Austin’s Venture Capital and Startup communities, identifying novel ways to use data to generate revenue. In his current role at CSID, he is taking a new cyber intelligence product to market that utilizes a data set the company had previously... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Privacy in the Age of Drone Fever
Drones offer businesses and law enforcement extraordinary efficiency and life-saving benefits, but they also present unique safety and privacy challenges for policymakers. Lisa Ellman, Obama White House veteran and pioneering drone policy advisor, has spent her career bridging the gap between government policy and entrepreneurial innovation. She will explain the current lively debate in our country -- "drone fever" -- about the domestic use of drones for everything from filmmaking to journalism to package delivery to industrial and business security. Lisa believes the key to balancing these opportunities and challenges is a true integration of policy and innovation, known as "Polivation:" Policymakers must promote innovation, and innovators must work hand in hand with policymakers. In this timely talk, Lisa will teach us how our country can make good use of new technologies, including drones, in a way that wins the public's trust and serves its interests.

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Speakers
avatar for Lisa Ellman

Lisa Ellman

Co-Chair/UAS Practice, Mckenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Lisa Ellman has held a variety of positions at top levels of the Executive branch at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice. Nearly eight years ago, she began working for her former law professor, Barack Obama. In a series of presidential appointments, Lisa led work on... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

The ISIS Twitter Census
J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan discuss their new research report for the Brookings Institution's Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, a detailed exploration of how ISIS uses Twitter. Who are its supporters? Where do they live? What tricks and tactics does ISIS employ to boost its online message, and what can anyone do about it?
http://www.brookings.edu/ISISonTwitter

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Speakers
avatar for J.M. Berger

J.M. Berger

Editor, Intelwire.com
J.M. Berger is a researcher, analyst and writer covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the only definitive... Read More →
avatar for Jonathon Morgan

Jonathon Morgan

Founder/Principal, Good At The Internet
Jonathon builds digital products at agencies, corporations and startups, focused on product strategy, software architecture, data science and engineering leadership. He runs technology and product development at CrisisNET, Ushahidi’s streaming crisis data platform, consults on machine... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Fighting Surveillance Can Be Good for Business
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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Speakers
avatar for Alex Abdo

Alex Abdo

Staff Attorney, ACLU
Alex Abdo is a Staff Attorney in the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. He is counsel in the ACLU’s lawsuit challenging the NSA’s phone-records program. He has been involved in the litigation of cases concerning the Patriot Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Prince

Matthew Prince

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


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 3 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

How to Rob a Bank: Vulnerabilities of New Money
There are two ways to rob a bank: run in guns blazing—or go in through the backdoor. We've spent so much time & effort to secure the "old money" (physical vulnerabilities) at banks—security deposit boxes, cash. And it's no longer interesting. What hasn't been properly secured is the "new money," the virtual vulnerabilities—custodial data, identities, reputation. Gain client data, find it's relatively easy to exploit, then spend your money without you knowing it.
What is money? Is it cash? Power? We know money is two things: a medium for exchange & has historic value.
Just how will you obtain this new money? Find an Eastern European mob family on the dark web & they'll pretty much take care of the rest? It's easily more scalable than counting on the science of counterfeiting needed to steal old money.
While identity is not a simply replicable value of custodial data, it's not well secured. Why? It's not well understood—highly valuable, highly exploitable. Identity is the new money.

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Speakers
avatar for Josh Alexander

Josh Alexander

CEO, Toopher
It's always ironic when the guy in charge of strategic vision wears glasses. Josh is Toopher's Co-Founder & CEO. Pair his deep and extensive background in strategy, security, and financial derivatives, and enough tech know-how to be dangerous, Josh keep Toopher rocketing upward to... Read More →
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Bob Blakley

Global Head of Security Innovation, Citigroup
Bob Blakley is Director of Security Innovation at Citigroup. Blakley currently serves as Plenary chair of the NSTIC Identity Ecosystem Steering Group and as Research Co-Chair of FSSCC—the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Homeland... Read More →
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Boe Hartman

Chief Information Officer, Barclaycard
Boe Hartman is the Chief Information Officer for Barclaycard which is the 7th largest Payment provider in the world. Boe joined Barclaycard in 2011 as Lead Technology Partner and was appointed CIO in August 2013, following the continuing transformation journey he is leading, to move... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 8 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

The Biggest Issues in Digital Ethics
The NSA tracking your cell phone, surveillance, privacy, big data, A.I., anonymity, Google Glass; which of these pose the biggest ethical issues, or is it something beyond this list? And why should you care?
Albert Einstein said “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” Digital ethics helps us make sense of and make better decisions about technology.
In this discussion we will address privacy and managing your digital footprint, a new Code of Ethics for Social Data, and the biggest ethics issues facing companies and organizations that operate in the digital realm.

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Speakers
avatar for Susan Etlinger

Susan Etlinger

Industry Analyst, Altimeter Group
Susan Etlinger is an industry analyst with Altimeter Group where she focuses on data, analytics and strategy. She conducts independent research on these topics and is the author of several related research reports available for download at altimetergroup.com, on her blog, susanetlinger.com... Read More →
avatar for Don Heider

Don Heider

Founder, Center for Digital Ethics & Policy
Don Heider is the Founding Dean and Professor at the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago.
avatar for Erin Reilly

Erin Reilly

Managing Dir & Research Fellow, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Erin Reilly is Managing Director & Research Fellow for Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and Executive Director of Blackstone LaunchPad USC. In her role, she oversees all aspects of lab programming, product design and mentoring students... Read More →
avatar for John Thomas

John Thomas

Dir of Editorial Content, Groupon
John Thomas, the Director of Editorial Content at Groupon, is the former editor in chief of Playboy.com and a contributing editor and writer at Playboy magazine. A frequent contributor at the New York Times, Village Voice and Chicago Tribune, he is also the co-editor of A Practical... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

The State of Surveillance
Bill will expose the current scope of mass surveillance and its blatant inefficiency, revealing the profit-led motivations that underpin it and the chilling effects of its gaze. In light of the Paris attacks and the Marathon Bombing trials, he will reveal why our agencies are consistently failing us despite the vast amounts of technology, contractors and data at their disposal. Bill will explore the increased risk to our privacy presented by the new intelligence facilities planned for Fort Meade, dwarfing Bluffdale, and home to a 7000+ strong workforce. He will further delve into the NSA's desire to map the entire Internet.
Bill will complete his presentation with a short teaser regarding a programme that could have been, and could still be, the solution to ensuring both our security and our liberty.

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Speakers
avatar for Bill Binney

Bill Binney

Whistleblower, NSA - Retired
Bill Binney is former World Technical Director of Intelligence at NSA (National Security Agency). Bill became a whistleblower against constitutional abuses by the NSA along with waste and abuse of agency funds. He resigned on October 31, 2001, after more than 30 years with the ag... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center