Edward Snowden Urges SXSW Crowd to Thwart NSA With Technology 10 Mar 2014 With lawmakers slow to pass legislation curbing NSA surveillance, it’s up to the technology community to step in and devise solutions that will better protect online communications from snoops, said Edward Snowden, speaking today from Moscow at the South by Southwest conference in Austin. The massive surveillance being done by the NSA and other governments has created "an adversarial internet," he said, "a sort of a global free-fire zone for governments, that’s nothing that we ever asked [for]; it’s not what we wanted. It’s something we need to protect against,..

"[T]hey’re setting fire to the future of the internet. And the people who are in this room now, you guys are all the firefighters. And we need you to help us fix this."

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