Edward Snowden To Discuss NSA and Privacy Issues at SXSW

Edward Snowden To Discuss NSA and Privacy at SXSW (Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Today at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival Edward Snowden is scheduled to speak about how users can protect themselves from government surveillance.

The former NSA contractor will participate in the discussion via video-conference from Russia in which he will discuss “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”, says the SXSW website.

American Civil Liberties Union principal technologist, Christopher Soghoian, will be speaking with Snowden along with Ben Wizner, director of ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project, moderating the discussion.

“The agenda Edward Snowden’s revelations have launched a historic debate about surveillance practices and democratic controls, in which all three branches of government are actively and publicly engaging. But the technology community has too often been left out of the debate. It’s time to fix that,” continues the website.

According to NBC News, Snowden’s presence has angered Rep. lawmaker Mike Pompeo, in which he published a letter to SXSW’s organizers demanding they remove Snowden from the panel, calling him a “traitor” to the nation.

“When I served in the Army along the Iron Curtain we had a word for a person who absconds with information and provides it to another nation: traitor,” said Pompeo.

Live coverage of Edward Snowden’s discussion can be seen by the Texas Tribune.