Creating better worlds. Saving the internet. Sharing is the new buying. Meet the meaning economy. Digging up video games from the desert.
Yep, these can only be headlines from SXSW. Welcome to day one.
According to Wired magazine there won’t be a next big thing at this years SXSW. Just lots of little big things perhaps. A predictably moody start then.
It seemed most people kicked off with The New Digital Age as their scene setter for the start to the conference. Schmidt and Cohen talked about their vivid anecdotes from their tour of the worlds most autocratic and unstable countries.
Data permanence, the balkanization of the internet and the role secrecy plays in society were big hairy thoughts to wake up too. In a world with no erase button we now have to live with the consequences of our digital footprint.