Says something about how easily we can connect; There’s something beautiful about that.
In an hour long missive, moderated by an ACLU official at #SXSW, NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden derided government efforts to break the safeguards behind our digital communications.
He railed against critics saying, more than once, that undermining the encryption standards that users’ rely on for privacy is weakening the foundation of the internet.
The conversation was his first in front of an audience since his disclosures became public over the summer, according to the ACLU.
I’m watching live on the Texas Tribune website.
Evan Smith (@evanasmith) March 10, 2014
In his first conversation in front of an audience since his disclosures began making global headlines last year, Edward Snowden will appear via live video next Monday at SXSW Interactive, the festival that brings together tens of thousands of technology professionals and enthusiasts every year in Austin. He’ll be talking to the ACLU’s Ben Wizner and Christopher Soghoian
Soghoian bio (from Wikipedia):
Christopher Soghoian is a Washington, DC based privacy researcher and activist. He first gained notoriety in 2006 as the creator of a website that generated fake airline boarding passes. Since that incident, he has continued to engage in high-profile activism related to privacy and computer security. He is currently the principal technologist and a senior policy analyst with the speech, privacy and technology project at the American Civil Liberties Union.
Between 2009 and 2010, he worked for the US Federal Trade Commission as the first ever in-house technical advisor to the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. While at the FTC, he assisted with investigations of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Netflix.
1:01 p.m. (EST):
Was it worth it?
“When I came public with this it wasn’t so I could single-handedly change the government tell them what to do.. What I wanted to do is inform the public so they could make a decision.”
Snowden makes the point that the government has never said any one of these stories has risked a human life.
“Every society in the world has benefited.”
Would he do it again?
“The answer is absolutely, ‘yes’.’
“I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I saw the constitution was being violated on a massive scale.”
[Behind Snowden is Article 1 of the Constitution]
Google is evaluating Atlanta, as well as the surrounding suburban communities of Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna, for an internet and television service that could let you surf the web as quickly as you change the channel.
The average speed you get in your house is about 9.8 megabits per second, according to Akamai Technologies. Google is offering more than 100-times that — a 1,000 megabits per second, a gigabit.
The service is called Fiber and it’s already available in Kansas City and Provo, Utah for $70 a month, or $120 with TV. There are also plans to extend it to Austin.
Atlanta and eight other local cities are candidates for Google’s new, ultra-fast fiber optic Internet and television service, the Silicon Valley giant announced Wednesday.
Imaeyen Ibanga (@iiwrites) February 13, 2014
For some, the cold (perhaps enhanced by the approach of Valentines Day) felt like the perfect impetus to shack up.
“Well, I think people have more obvious time when work is cancelled,” says a 28-year-old Atlantan, who only offered her first name, Katie, in a message on the online dating site OKCupid.
“I currently have 109 unread messages. Some are nice, some are creepy, some have grammatical errors that I can’t even begin to decipher, and some I haven’t even bothered to look at.”
Racheal Borgman, 27, of Decatur, said she noticed lines of men, Monday night, at the Kroger in Edgewood, buying wine, and roses, and, of course, condoms.
“Almost every guy I’ve met on OKCupid has suddenly resurfaced, texting to see if I need provisions, a bottle of wine, someone to cuddle with, a snowball fight,” she says. “And everyone has a fail-proof opener for their messages today: ‘You surviving Clusterflake v2.0?’”
A guy she met over OKCupid — a handsome National Guardsman — brought her her beer and wine, which she did not decline. “I missed (making it to) the liquor store,” she explained, “so this was an important delivery.”
Borgman kissed him, passionately, on her doorstep. He went back to work. They’re getting together this weekend.
There are two things I know to be anecdotally true about snowstorms.
First: It’s cold.
Second: Everyone is using the inclement weather in order to get, well, busy.
Tinder. OkCupid…. And a myriad of other dating apps (idk, Grindr?).
People are either swiping right, or rating folks indiscriminately high in order to find someone to brave the weather with.
If that’s you, or better yet, if you’re getting besieged by unwanted messages, please get in touch. I’m working on a story.
Of course, there are those jerks that never have such issues. I got this note back from a buddy on Facebook.
This was my [lady] roommate’s reply to that:
“No, if I’m trying to get laid it has very little to do with the weather, sir. More like are any of your friends’ regular attempts to get laid being thwarted by the snowstorm? In which case the answer is still no because we have no problem “getting laid.” ever.”
Some people are just obnoxious.
As powder turned to ice this week, two things were clear — flights were getting canceled and people were scrambling for local hotel rooms.
On Monday morning, Delta, for instance, knew that its planes would be delayed or worse.
Earlier, the National Weather Service had already expanded a winter storm watch it issued the previous day to include the entire metro Atlanta area.
Independently, a team of Delta meteorologists started flagging certain customers, offering them waivers, giving those folks the chance to move up their flights or book new tickets.
“We were trying to move customers ahead of the weather impact, or beyond it,” a spokesman told me.
On the day of the snowfall, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International saw 931 of its flights delayed or canceled, topping the list of airports with errant travel plans, according to data provided by FlightAware, a Houston-based global aviation software and data services company.
That number rose from less than 16 the day before. And on Wednesday, 1099 flights were either canceled or delayed.
Similarly, searches for rooms on Expedia-owned Hotels.com rose.
Throughout the day on Tuesday, people scrambling for rooms on both desktop and mobile devices skyrocketed.
(Note: Hotels.com capped the data provided to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at 100 searches)
* I gathered this data as part of my role at the AJC; The information is either being used in interactive graphic for the newspaper or in further reporting.
AJC Interactives (@AJCInteractives) January 31, 2014
I’m posting it here in an effort to empty my notebook.