Edward Snowden will be making his first UK ‘appearance’ this weekend at The Guardian’s Observer Ideas event via video link to discuss his role as a whistleblower and NSA surveillance.
Snowden, who is still cooped away in Moscow, will join the attendees at London’s Barbican Theater with Observer tech columnist and professor of public understanding of technology at the Open University John Naughton helming the event.
The discussion won’t revise what we already know, explains Naughton, rather focusing on the future.
“I’m tired of people endlessly rehashing the history of Mr Snowden’s revelations, and I’m sure he is too,” says Naughton. “What matters now is what happens next. He has performed a great service in revealing the astonishing extent and ambition of the national security state.”
“We need to figure out how (and whether) societies can reassert effective democratic control over our security agencies; whether the technology that has enabled comprehensive surveillance can be re-engineered to protect privacy; how our law-making in these areas could be improved, and whether citizens can be persuaded to take an interest in these matters before it’s too late.”
You can check out more details on the Observer Ideas event here.