Snowden urges SXSW to make internet safe

Snowden: whistleblower called for development of privacy protecting technology
Snowden: whistleblower called for development of privacy protecting technology

Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower, has called on the digital and developer communities to protect people's privacy in the absence of government legislation.

Snowden, who appeared at the SXSW festival on Monday via a video link, said: "The NSA is a global issue. [It is] setting fire to the future of the internet. It’s the maker community [that] can create solutions to make us safe."

In addition to discussing different types of encryption, Snowden said the key to security on the internet was to make it more expensive for governments to collect people’s data.

When asked if big data could be used for positive outcomes, Snowden said the bottom line was that "data should not be clandestinely collected".

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