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Video: Edward Snowden at TED2014

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Edward Snowden made a surprise appearance at TED2014 on 18 March 2014, speaking in Vancouver by means of a mobile video unit which he could control from a remote location. Snowden’s TED talk took the form of a conversation with Chris Anderson and Tim Berners-Lee, who had called for the formulation of an online bill of rights less than a week earlier.

A transcript follows after the video below.

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Avaaz: President Dilma: Grant asylum to Edward Snowden

This Avaaz petition addressed to the Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo has gained more than 1,100,000 signatures worldwide since its launch in mid-January 2014.

As citizens from around the world deeply concerned with the massive violation of our privacy, we call on you to grant asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden. As the leader of a global movement for internet freedom and privacy, Brazil is the perfect home for a man who sacrificed his life to disclose invasive and illegal US spying.

The petition was handed in to Brazil’s Justice Ministry on 13 February 2014. Read more and sign: Send Snowden Home

EU Inquiry into Electronic Mass Surveillance draws its conclusions

For the past five months the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has been conducting an investigation into electronic mass surveillance of, and conducted by, EU member states. This inquiry, prompted directly by Edward Snowden’s revelations, held the first of its fifteen hearings on 5 September 2013 and is now making amendments to the draft report prepared by Inquiry rapporteur, MEP Claude Moraes.

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