Edward Snowden to address Austin technology conference

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photoshopped composite of Edward Snowden photo (source: Wikipedia) and Texas bluebonnets.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced today that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will participate in a live video broadcast in conjunction with SXSW Interactive, a technology trade event held in Austin, Texas.

Join us for a conversation between Edward Snowden and Christopher Soghoian, the American Civil Liberties Union’s principal technologist, 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. The conversation 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. [ACLU website, 3/4/2014]

The livestream is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Central Time on Monday, March 10, and will be available on The Texas Tribune‘s website.  [Look for a link to the video on Whistleblowing Today.]

SXSW (South by Southwest) Interactive is described as  “an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity” and “the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today.” The 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival runs from Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11, in Austin, Texas.

Photo [composite]:  Edward Snowden (source: Wikimedia CC) and Texas bluebonnets (source: Linda Lewis).