SXSW 2016 Take Back Your Internet Event Recap

On March 12, during SXSW Interactive 2016, we hosted our 4th Annual Take Back Your Internet event. In addition to a party, we hosted a panel featuring thought leaders from the business, policy and government sides. Our panel, titled “Do You Have the Right to Privacy? The Backdoor Encryption Debate,” covered encryption, encryption backdoors, and related privacy issues. Of course, Apple’s Battle with the FBI was also a prominent topic of discussion. 

The panel was moderated by Jim Cardle, Publisher & CEO of, and our panelists included (left to right in photo below):

  • Nuala O’Connor – President & CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology
  • Alan Fairless – Co-Founder & CEO of SpiderOak
  • Congressman Will Hurd – 23rd District of Texas
  • Philip Molter – Co-CTO of Golden Frog
  • Daniel Schuman – Policy Director of Demand Progress

SXSW 2016 Take Back Your Internet

The event was sponsored by Golden Frog, Data Foundry, SpiderOak, Anonabox, and i2Coalition. It was a great evening – thanks to everyone who came out!

Panel Highlights

A few quotes from our panelists are featured below.

 At CDT, we believe your data is not only your property – it is part of you. It is part of your digital self. 

 -Nuala O’Conner, CDT

 It’s not just about privacy, it’s about our economic competitiveness.

-Alan Fairless, SpiderOak

Any law enforcement agency doesn’t have the right to tell a company what to do. Period.

-Congressman Will Hurd

The thing that surprises me most is how uninformed the government is about the technology and the process. Encryption itself is really, really hard.

-Philip Molter, Golden Frog

When you’re creating a hole for one person, you’re creating a hole for everyone. When it comes to this kind of tech there is not a middle ground.

-Daniel Schuman, Demand Progress


A few photo highlights from the event are included below. Thanks to everyone for attending!

SXSW 2016 Take Back Your Internet

SXSW 2016 Take Back Your Internet

SXSW 2016 Take Back Your Internet

SXSW 2016 Take Back Your Internet

SXSW 2016 Take Back Your Internet