Edward Snowden to Speak in New York City at Personal Democracy Forum June 5 at New York University's Skirball Center

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Snowden will be Joined in a Live Google Hangout Dialogue with John Perry Barlow

Edward Snowden, former systems administrator for the Central Intelligence Agency and a counterintelligence trainer at the Defense Intelligence Agency will keynote the Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) scheduled June 5th and 6th at New York University Skirball Center.

Mr. Snowden will be joined in a live Google Hangout dialogue with John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Conference co-founder and producer Andrew Rasiej explains, "This year’s conference theme is “Save the Internet/The Internet Saves” and focuses on various challenges facing the open Internet but also on how the Internet continues to be a remarkable platform for free expression and political change.

We are pleased to offer the audience of Personal Democracy Forum an opportunity to hear directly from Edward Snowden as they consider the complex issues regarding how best to defend the values of a free digital society in the face of many global political and technological challenges."

The Personal Democracy Forum is the world's largest and longest running conference on the ways that technology is changing politics, government and civic life, now in its 11th year. For 2014 the event has a dual theme: "Save the Internet | The Internet Saves."

Other keynote speakers at the forum include:
-Brad Smith, executive vice president and general counsel of Microsoft.
-Marietje Schaake, a Member of the European Parliament for the Dutch Democratic Party and a leading voice for human rights and net neutrality.
-Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned independent security technologist.
-Brian Chesky, Founder and CEO, Airbnb.
-Anne-Marie Slaughter, president of the New America Foundation.
-Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation.
-Chuck Defeo, chief digital officer of the Republican National Committee.
-Mike Bracken, executive director of digital for the UK Cabinet Office.

For more information on how to obtain a press pass, email press(at)personaldemocracy(dot)com.

For the program of main hall keynotes, go to http://personaldemocracy.com/conferences/nyc/2014/program

For a full list of speakers, go to http://personaldemocracy.com/speakers

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