South by Southwest (SXSW) 2020

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South By Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. 

The Internet Society is pleased to participate at two panels.

How Internet Access Can Preserve Native Cultures

15 March 2020, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
JW Marriot, Salon FG

From abstract: The panel will explore how Internet access can protect native cultures and community engagement can foster connectivity. We will discuss the opportunities and challenges that native people face in different terrains; how are native communities’ problems in the Arctic Circle and the southwest U.S. similar? How can communities learn from each other? The panelists will share their stories and ideas on creating a connected future for native and Indigenous peoples.

Mark Buell, our North America Regional Bureau Director, is speaking at this panel.

Read more about our Indigenous Connectivity Summits.

Can We Save the Global Internet?

21 March 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon B

From abstract: Expansion of the Internet has slowed. And the next billion users won’t be getting the same global Internet we always took for granted. On one hand, broad-stroke regulations harm the core of how the Internet functions. At the other extreme, Internet shutdowns by governments are on the rise. What they have in common is an attempt to solve social, legal or political challenges by breaking the technologies that make the Internet happen.

This session will map these trends to relevant layers of the Internet, with case studies to explain the unintended effects of imposing local solutions on a global, connected system.

Sally Shipman Wentworth, our Vice President of Global Policy Development, is speaking at this panel.

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Friday 13 March 2020 –

Sunday 22 March 2020



Texas, United States

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