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Edward Snowden speaks through teleconference at Ryerson

By Behdad Mahichi

Students, professors and journalists crowded the Venn at Rogers Communications Centre on March 4 to listen to U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden through a teleconference.

The event — which was sold out — was hosted by the CBC, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and the Ryerson School of Journalism.  Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC Radio One’s The Current, moderated and cued questions coming from Twitter with the hashtag #AskSnowden.

Topics of discussion included the launch of Snowden Archives, his experience with privacy and surveillance as well as the question of effectiveness of the government’s surveillance programs.

The teleconference was followed by a panel discussion with professor Andrew Clement, investigative reporter Dave Seglins and national and digital programs lead Laura Tribe.

Snowden is currently in Russia after leaking confidential documents from the National Security Agency. He has been rejected a free trial in the United States.




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