| CPJ, Egypt, Internet, USA
I've just returned from a hectic week at SXSW Interactive,
the annual gathering of digital technologists and creators in Austin, Texas.
Conferences like this are often moments of isolation from the rest of the
world, where attendees become consumed with the trivia of the event itself. But
because many of those attending SXSWi are prolific online journalists, bloggers,
and social media users, the conference's self-obsession doesn't stay confined
to Austin. One tech startup even offered a
browser plugin that would hide any Twitter with the
"#SXSW" tags to hide the constant chatter from the rest of the world.