Edward Snowden Compares Privacy to Freedom of Speech

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Is privacy, as Edward Snowden says, the fountainhead of all rights? Whichever way you weigh in on this subject, you have to admit that the debate about free speech, privacy and technology is alive and well in Tucson, thanks to programs like this recent event  sponsored by the UA’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. In case you missed it (the house at Centennial Hall was packed), the debate included live comments from  Edward Snowden, the controversial former National Security Administration subcontractor, who appeared via live streaming from an undisclosed location in Russia. (Score one for technology.) As you may recall, Russia granted Snowden asylum in 2013 after he revealed classified NSA documents to journalists and was charged with violating the Espionage Act by the U.S. Department of Justice. Read more about the “conversation on privacy” here.

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