Over the past week, Edward Snowden has spoken at conferences organised for lawyers and journalists to improve professional understanding of surveillance issues and countermeasures.
On Friday 7 November, Snowden answered questions from Trevor Timm and Chris Soghoian at an event designed to encourage news organisations to improve their digital security. The #EncryptNews conference was organised by the Freedom of the Press Foundation in association with Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the Open Technology Institute and held in Washington DC.
On 19 July 2014 Edward Snowden appeared at the HOPE X convention in New York, in conversation with Pentagon Papers whistleblower – and Courage Advisory Board member – Daniel Ellsberg. The Freedom of the Press Foundation’s Trevor Timm put questions, many of them gathered online, to the two discussants.
Originally posted 14/1/2014 by Freedom of the Press Foundation.
“It is tremendously humbling to be called to serve the cause of our free press, and it is the honor of a lifetime to do so alongside extraordinary Americans like Daniel Ellsberg on FPF’s Board of Directors. The unconstitutional gathering of the communications records of everyone in America threatens our most basic rights, and the public should have a say in whether or not that continues. Thanks to the work of our free press, today we do, and if the NSA won’t answer to Congress, they’ll have to answer to the newspapers, and ultimately, the people.
“Journalism isn’t possible unless reporters and their sources can safely communicate and where laws can’t protect that, technology can. This is a hard problem, but not an unsolvable one, and I look forward to using my experience to help find a solution.”