Monday, March 10: Edward Snowden to Speak at SXSW Interactive Via Videoconference

Written by Hugh Forrest | March 4, 2014

Edward Snowden speaks at SXSW via videoconference on March 10

Surveillance and online privacy look to be one of the biggest topics of conversation at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. The number of sessions on this topic reflect the importance of this issue to the digital creatives who converge in Austin each March. As organizers, SXSW agrees that a healthy debate with regards to the limits of surveillance is vital to the future of the online ecosystem.

On Monday, March 10 at 11:00 am CDT, join us for a conversation between Edward Snowden and Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist of the American Civil Liberties Union. The conversation will be focused on the impact of the NSA's spying efforts on the technology community, and the ways in which technology can help to protect us from mass surveillance. Hear directly from Snowden about his beliefs on what the tech community can and must do to secure the private data of the billions of people who rely on the tools and services that we build.

This session will be moderated by Ben Wizner, who is director of the ACLU's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project and Edward Snowden’s legal advisor. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

“A Virtual Conversation with Edward Snowden” occurs in Exhibit Hall 5 on the first floor of the Austin Convention Center. The session will also be simulcast in two other large rooms in the Austin Convention Center — in Ballroom D (on the top floor of the building, near the SX Bookstore) and in Ballrooms BC (on the first floor of the building, at the southeast corner near Waller Creek). You must have an Interactive, Gold or Platinum badge to attend this session. Entry to “A Virtual Conversation with Edward Snowden” will be allowed on a first come / first served basis — we strongly encourage you to arrive early to Exhibit Hall 5 (or Ballroom D or Ballroom BC) to make sure that you get a seat.

However, if you cannot be at SXSW Interactive on Monday, March 10 at 11:00 am CDT, then you can watch a free livestream of the session courtesy of The Texas Tribune. Based in Austin, the Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that promotes civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government and other matters of statewide and national concern.

Beginning Monday afternoon, March 10, a recording of the "Virtual Conversation with Edward Snowden" will be available for free replay via the ACLU website.

For media inquires regarding this special session at SXSW Interactive on Monday, March 10, please contact the SXSW Interactive Press desk.

Edward Snowden photo courtesy of Laura Poitras / ACLU.