Snowden’s Pandering to Entrepreneurs Proves What He Doesn’t Know About Data

When Edward Snowden spoke via teleconference last week at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, he had an unequivocal message for entrepreneurs: Tech startups should focus on building privacy and secure communication into their business models.

During peak viewership, more than 40,000 people tuned in to Snowden’s live stream. Moderator (and Snowden legal adviser) Ben Wizner of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) pointed out these were Snowden’s first public remarks, and that he had chosen to take them to the “tech community, rather than the policy community.”

But while Snowden’s message is certainly an important issue for digital creatives to consider, Snowden failed to choose the right venue or audience, despite Wizner’s introductory brag. Sam Biddle at ValleyWag believes that Snowden wasted his time, quipping that when trying “to recruit jihadis, you don’t go to the Mall of America.”

For more, read Elizabeth’s full article on PolicyMic.

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