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Send the ACLU to SXSW 2014!

By Anna Salem, ACLU of Northern California at 4:04pm

It's that time of year again. The annual SXSW PanelPicker is open for your votes! SXSW Interactive festival draws thousands of developers and entrepreneurs -- an audience that needs to hear how much you care about issues like online privacy and free speech. Voting ends on September 6th, so don't wait! Please vote for our panels and help us spread the word today!

The ACLU of Northern California has a couple of submissions that need your votes to get to the next round:

The Other C Word – Debating Online Censorship brings together two feminists with two very different perspectives on a crucial issue facing Internet companies today - to censor or not to censor. Speakers: Nicole Ozer (ACLU of Northern CA) and Jaclyn Friedman (Women, Action & the Media).

Telling the NSA to [Back] Off highlights some of the best practices for both individuals and companies who want to push back against widespread government surveillance in the face of the NSA's unprecedented breach of our privacy. Speakers:Chris Conley (ACLU of Northern CA) and Evan Greer (Fight for the Future).

Surveillance on the Silver Screen looks at Hollywood movies and asks the question, can the NSA and the police really do that? From PRISM to drones to ‘Stingrays' that snoop on cell phones, join us at the movies for a close look at how government surveillance has caught up with the fables dreamed up for Hollywood flicks. Speakers: Timothy Edgar(Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University), Nicole Ozer (ACLU of Northern CA), andMatthew Cagle (ACLU of Northern CA).

The SXSW PanelPicker is open now through September 6th. Please tell SXSW and all of the companies in attendance that you care deeply about your privacy, free speech, and other civil liberties by voting for our panels and helping us get the word out!

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