SXSW 2016: President Barack Obama Keynote Conversation

Time and again we have seen politicians let us down and do not really show why they claim a post in the public service in the first place. Therefore, it almost seems like a privilege when a society can count on brilliant minds that happen to be holding a post in the public administration. I am not advocating for Mr. Obama, but I can not deny I was particularly impressed by his ability to read the trends, engage people and always keep an eye open to the future.

Before an audience of creators, early adopters and entrepreneurs who are defining the future of our connected lives, he left an invite to applying ideas and talents to make technology work for the people – particularly to tackle big challenges like increasing participation in the political process and fighting climate change.

We live a moment where tech globalisation and our economy is changing so fast. Those changes offer us enormous opportunities but are also very disruptive and unsettling. They empower individuals to do things they have never dreamed of before but also empowers people that spread dangerous messages. So finding a proper balance between empowerment and security is paramount.

But enough talking, let’s listen to what the President is asking help for.

About SXSW:
Started in 1987, South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place early each year in mid-March in Austin, Texas. SXSW’s original goal was to create an event that would act as a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop their careers, bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas.

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