Julian Assange talks online safety

The WikiLeaks founder says people need to take more responsibility for what they share on the internet.

Julian Assange addresses the press and his supporters from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says people need to take more responsibility for the information they share on the internet.

Assange addressed a crowd at the South By Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin Texas at the weekend via Skype from the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Ecuador granted Assange asylum in June 2012 and he fled to the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden.

He is wanted in Sweden for questioning regarding allegations he raped one woman and sexually molested another.

Assange says as intelligence agencies have become more powerful with the information they've collected, so the public needs to become more aware.

"They're doing that - in part - by stealing information from all of us and knowledge is power. And so as a result they're getting more power and as a result there's greater power inequality."

Former National Security Agency (NSA) Edward Snowden will also speak via Skype at the conference today on the issue of privacy.