Edward Snowden to speak at Oakland conference

Edward Snowden is coming to Oakland. Sort of.

The controversial whistleblower, who has been hiding out in Russia since he made headlines by leaking confidential information about NSA surveillance programs in 2013, will on Tuesday address the audience virtually for a conversation about “democracy in virtual worlds.”

Snowden will be speaking at Fusion media‘s second annual Real Future Fair at the Oakland Museum of California. He’s scheduled as the 9 a.m. keynote, which will be structured like a fireside chat with Real Future editor Kashmir Hill.

The “democracy in virtual worlds” title is a bit cryptic, but it’s likely the conversion will turn to President-elect Donald Trump. Snowden, a former government contractor, has long been an activist for open government and has spoken out against surveillance programs. In a recent live stream talk, Snowden said he’s not putting too much energy into worrying about the future under Trump because “this is just one president,” Forbes reported. “If we want to see a change,” he said, “we must force it through.”

He struck that optimistic note despite that fact that Trump has called for Snowden’s execution in the past.

Snowden’s talk will kick off a day-long event which the organizers promise will be a “day of conversations about the future and how we’ll continue to steer it in a bright, progressive direction under President Tump.” Other speakers will address topics such as robots in the workplace, diversity in tech and online civility.

Photo: Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, on Sunday, June 9, 2013, in Hong Kong. (The Guardian/AP)


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