If you’re attending SXSW Interactive in Austin next weekend, we’d love to see you at a Core Conversation that CEO Joe Galarneau is moderating on new ways to fix online data privacy.

This session is similar to what we did at the Mozilla Festival in London last fall, which brought together participants from around the world with legal, marketing, technology and advocacy backgrounds to talk about what’s broken with online privacy and new ways to fix it. It isn’t a speech or presentation — we’re hoping to create a spirited dialog among participants that uncovers some new paths forward in an area sorely in need of innovation. We’ll facilitate this session to focus more on the future than complaining about what’s wrong with the present.

More information is available on the SXSW Interactive site, but there are the details:

  • Title: “In Data We Distrust: Fixing Online Privacy”
  • Date/time: 12:30-1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 8
  • Location: Sheraton Austin, 701 E 11th Street
  • Room: Capitol View North
  • Summary:There is growing distrust over Internet data. Consumers fear how their information is collected and used, and companies struggle to maintain control over their data when transacting with third parties. This FUD is amplified by headlines about NSA snooping and recounting data-handling transgressions by Internet players — at least those we hear about. Can consumer and enterprise confidence be restored before the spigot gets turned down by users increasingly opting out or regulatory changes?

    This Core Conversation will engage participants to think about how the online data ecosystem can evolve to better respect consumer privacy while still permitting commercial use of data. What new organizations, processes and technologies could fix a problem that has resisted solution by industry, government and standards-setting bodies? And what’s the proper balance between the interests of the different players in the data game?