South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW), a conference known for music, film and emerging technology, will explore the privacy implications of data sharing and government surveillance, Bloomberg reports. SXSW Director Hugh Forrest said this new focus stems from the revelations by Edward Snowden, who will speak at the event via video conference. “We understand more and more … how much of our data is no longer in our control,” Forrest said. University of Texas Law Prof. Robert Chesney said, “It was in vogue for a while for people to say that the up-and-coming generation doesn’t care about privacy … It’s clear now that was at best overstated and probably reflected a failure to appreciate the real implications of what moving to a world of digitized information means.”
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