Cory Doctorow takes the organizers and venue of the South By Southwest conference to task for attendee-unfriendly policies on videotaping and electricity outlets.
In this day and age, it’s amazing that tech conferences still have
policies like this. It reminds me of the “no blogging” rules that
some high-end events still try to enforce. When I organize Supernova,
I see myself as an advocate for the attendees. I insist that we
have a working free WiFi connection, as many power outlets as we can
muster, free tools like group blogs and chat rooms for attendees to
communicate, and freedom for participants to report on what’s happening
at the event. I can’t imagine this will be anything but the norm
in the future.