Wikileaks began as an audacious idea, a statement about the potential of the internet to speak truth to power and to open governments. Barely four years later, the whistleblower’s website finds itself at the centre of an unprecedented global storm over the leaking of hundreds of thousands of confidential cables from US embassies around the world. To many WikiLeaks’s founder Julian Assange is a hero who has shone the bright glare of public scrutiny into places governments would rather keep hidden; to others he is a vandal, taking a sledgehammer to the secrecy all states need to maintain to function. Is Wikileaks just one expression valve for the web, one that would be replaced by others if it was closed? Has it changed the public’s understanding of and relationship to government in any real and lasting way, or is it a media preoccupation?
This conversation offers tips and tricks that will help you make the most of SXSW or any other tech event. You’ll learn what actions and behaviors to avoid so you don’t get tagged as "doing it wrong". Get advice on business card etiquette, how to meet new people, navigate tech events, and have fun without being "that guy/gal".
Panel from SXSW 2011.
What are the ingredients that make for a meme-able idea? What’s the best way for brands to activate and engage online communities?
SXSW 2011 presentation by Matthew Inman, the author, artist, and founder behind the one man operation known as The Oatmeal (http://theoatmeal.com).