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Edward Snowden's Virtual Address at SXSW

The former NSA contractor faces an audience for the first time.

Few people have rocked the assumptions of modern life more than Edward Snowden. Since the former National Security Agency contractor began leaking classified documents he took from his former employer, we’ve had to come to terms with the uncomfortable fact that the ways in which we choose to communicate and find information are fundamentally not private in any conventional sense of the word.

At the South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, Snowden will today for the first time face an audience and answer questions about his actions and what they mean. He will be appearing via live videoconference in a conversation with Christopher Soghoian, a technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union. Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy & Technology Project and Edward Snowden’s legal adviser, will moderate.

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