Snowden to Speak at South by Southwest

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
March 4 2014 8:13 PM

Snowden to Speak at SXSW on NSA, Privacy

A member of the Avaaz online community organization wears a 'Snowden' mask in Brazil on February 13, 2014.

Photo by BETO BARATA/AFP/Getty Images

Mark your calendars, Edward Snowden will be speaking by videoconference at South by Southwest next Monday at 11:00am Central. The session, “A Virtual Conversation with Edward Snowden,” will be live streamed by The Texas Tribune and organizers have promised audience members the opportunity to ask questions.

Snowden, who will be joined by his legal adviser and the ACLU, will discuss the impact of NSA surveillance and what the tech community can do to preserve privacy. Here’s the blurb provided by SXSW:

Just as technology has enabled our modern surveillance state, so too can technology protect us. But regular users cannot make privacy-preserving tools themselves. The technology industry and the tech community can and must do more to secure the private data of the billions of people who rely on the tools and services that we build. 

Conference organizers are also offering up journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first worked with Snowden to uncover NSA data collection, and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange – both by videoconference.



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