James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Edward Snowden speaks via Google+ at SXSW

The United States is "setting fire to the Internet," and the technology community is best positioned to "really fix things," fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden said in a live video appearance Monday at the South by Southwest conference.

Snowden, who leaked information about the National Security Agency's massive data surveillance program and subsequently sought asylum in Russia, spoke via Google with Christopher Soghoian, technologist at the ACLU.
Appearing in front of an image of the U.S. Constitution, Snowden defended his leaking of NSA data, which he said actually improved U.S. national security by exposing vulnerabilities. "America has more to lose than anyone else," the former NSA contractor said.