Saturday, March 12, 2016


President Barack Obama Obama SXSW
Friday, March 11 in AUSTIN, TX, President BARACK OBAMA appeared relaxed and unscripted as the Opening Keynote Speaker during a 45-minute conversation at SOUTH By SOUTHWEST 2016 about the role technology plays in civil engagement!!!
The president also addressed the hot button issue of whether the U.S. government should be allowed to search private citizens’ smartphones in criminal cases.
President BARACK OBAMA said;
“I anguish a lot over decisions we make to keep the country safe. I would caution against taking an absolutist perspective.”
While Obama wouldn’t directly comment on the recent Department of Justice court battle with Apple over accessing information on an iPhone in the San Bernardino, Calif. shootings, the president suggested there should be situations where phones could be surveyed.
President OBAMA continued;
“All of us value our privacy. Before smartphones were invented and to this day, if there’s probable cause to think you abducted a child or you are engaging in a terrorist plot or you are guilty of a serious crime, law enforcement can appear at your doorstep. I am of the view there are real reasons we should make sure government can’t willy-nilly get in everyone’s iPhone. The whole Snowden disclosure episode elevated people’s suspicions of this. So does popular culture, which makes it appear I’m in the [Situation Room],” monitoring private exchanges."
OBAMA on if the government could not access mobile communications;
“The question we have to ask is if technologically it’s possible to make an impenetrable device or system where the encryption is so strong there’s no key, there’s no door at all, then how we do apprehend the child pornographer?. How do we disrupt a terrorist plot? What mechanisms do we have available to do even simple things like tax enforcement. There has to be some concessions to get into that information.”
OBAMA on the role technology plays in voting;
“We’re the only advanced democracy in the world that makes it harder for people to vote. You’re laughing, but it’s sad.” Obama noted that it was “easier to order a pizza than vote. How do we redesign our systems so we don’t have 50% voter participation?” 
He went on to say that online voting systems are not necessarily unsecure. “The folks who are governing the good state of Texas aren’t interested in having more people participate,” he told the Austin crowd.
“You may recall that I passed this law called the Affordable Care Act, and then the Web site didn’t work. This was embarrassing to me,” he said, adding that his 2008 campaign for the office focused on “cool technology and social media.”
He spoke about how private citizens needed to engage in technology to help influence change, saying that he met on Friday with entrepreneurs and filmmakers about ways in which they can fight back against ISIL’s recruitment techniques of demonizing the West.
OBAMA defended the legacy of his two terms as POTUS;
“One of the things that the left and right agreed on is that after the financial crisis, nothing changed. The truth of the matter is a lot changed. The financial system is much more stable than it used to be. In an age where people’s attention spans have shrunk, it’s critical of all of you … how are we getting citizens engaged?”
President BARACK OBAMA wrapped up;
“We need you I want to underscore the fact that in 10 months, I won’t have this office. It’s been the great privilege of my life. It’s not like I stop caring about the things I care about right now. I expect you to step up and get involve
First Lady MICHELLE OBAMA will be the Opening Keynote Speaker at SXSW Music on Wednesday, March 16.



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