NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden spoke via telecom at SXSW on March 10 about what the tech industry should do to protect itself from mass surveillance. He chatted with Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival, held in Austin, TX, featured Snowden on their website nearly a week before the event, stating that attendees could “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.”
Coverage of the speech started soon after, with CNN reporting the story on March 5 leading with labeling Snowden as a fugitive. The introductory wording makes Snowden seem more criminal than hero, so it’s conclusive to see the difference that just a few words…
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