This will be satisfying.
Tomorrow, we’re headed to a sprawling tech conference for a sure-to-be-packed event with a leading media figure…. typical recipe for letdown, likely not getting the best questions asked.
Except this time, the journalist is taking public questions in advance on AskThem.io, and has agreed to answer some of them during his event. How cool is that.
Glenn Greenwald is holding a live conversation at South By Southwest Interactive, and AskThem is hosting the crowdsourced Q&A with him beforehand. We’ll be there in Austin for this remarkable event on Monday, March 10th – the event will be live-streamed, and we’ll be transcribing his live answers.
Glenn has already agreed to participate, and his video conversation at SxSW is with AskThem’s non-profit advisor, Micah Sifry of Personal Democracy Media & TechPresident – so some of these questions will really be raised during their talk.
What are you wondering about Glenn’s deep investigations into the surveillance state, his plans for the new media company First Look, or how to encourage more Congressional oversight of illegal spying on U.S. citizens?
On AskThem, you can also ask questions about privacy to all of your elected officials – see ourÂ national mapÂ to get started at the top with your U.S. senators and representative.
And it’s not just for elected officials – on AskThem, you can ask questions and start petitions to any verified Twitter account – for example, theÂ Department of Homeland SecurityÂ , theÂ FCCÂ , theÂ Justice DepartmentÂ , andÂ Â thousands moreÂ .
We’re excited for this opportunity to raise issues for Glenn on our open-source, open-data platform, so let’s follow his lead andÂ Â ask himÂ some powerful questions!
-David & Maryam, AskThem.io
p.s. Holler at us if you happen to be down in Austin for the conference silliness. Looking forward to seeing friends such as our sibling Fight For the Future crew & the Knight Foundation team, Taco Hacking via Dan Sinker (TacoDeli on Lamar has the crown, clearly), and hopefully once again discussing fantasy baseball draft prep with someone in this, my third of the past four years attending.
David’s draft schedule, feel free to suggest events, certainly don’t mean to be overlooking any friends & allies & cool talks. Hope you can make it to the Greenwald event on Monday and help us spread the word for our non-profit project.