AUSTIN -- On Tuesday South by Southwest organizers announced that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden will speak at SXSW Interactive via teleconference on Monday, March 10 at 11 a.m.
Surveillance and online privacy are poised to be some of the most-discussed topics at Interactive.
According to SXSW's Web announcement, Snowden and Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist of the American Civil Liberties Union, will speak together, focusing "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 session will be moderated by Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU's Speech, Privacy & Technology Project and Edward Snowden’s legal advisor. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The Web announcement further explained the session:
“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, 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."