From #metoo to racial divide, SXSW 2018 set to take on social issues


When South by Southwest 2018 officially puts its big arms around downtown Austin on Friday morning for the city’s annual bear hug of live music, new films and tech talk, it will provide no shortage of things to talk about.

Looking at that list of keynotes, featured speakers and talks each year, it starts to become evident what topics SXSW organizers believe attendees most want to hear about.

For 2018, politics appear to be giving way to talks about how better relationships, more incisive entertainment and journalism, philanthropy, technology and smart public policy can create a better society.

On the Featured Speaker list, there are notable politicians (U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger), self-made tech successes (Michael Dell, Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd), music stars (Keith Urban, Ira Glass), more filmmakers (Spike Lee) and well-known journalists (Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour, the team behind The New York Times “The Daily” podcast).

Read more about other speakers and panels to be featured in SXSW this year at 512Tech.com.



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