Edward Snowden Speaks at SXSW Conference via Google Hangout
The SXSW turned many heads when they allowed NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to take part of their 'virtual conversation' via Google Hangout in a conference this morning. Snowden, who is currently hiding out in Russia, as he faces felony charges of espionage for leaking U.S. surveillance tactics, claimed his actions were "in defense of the U.S. constitution." Snowden argued for better and more secure communication tools that had passed the "Greenwald test," referencing journalist Glenn Greenwald. He also pushed for end-to-end encryption, which makes mass surveillance almost impossible. Snowden's message was clear: the public needs to play its part as a watchdog over government.
By Jordan Moses
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