Edward Snowden will talk before an audience for the first time since garnering international attention after he disclosed classified documents on global surveillance by the National Security Agency.

The former Central Intelligence Agency employee and NSA contractor will join SXSW Interactive via live video to discuss surveillance and online privacy at 11 a.m. on March 10. According to the SXSW announcement, Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist and senior policy analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union, will also join the discussion.

“The conversation will be 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,” read the announcement from SXSW. “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.”

The Texas Tribune will also provide a live stream of “A Virtual Conversation with Edward Snowden” fro those that can’t make it to the discussion, which will take place on the first floor in Exhibit Hall 5 of the Austin Convention Center. It will also later be available to stream on theACLU website.


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