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Video: Edward Snowden makes first live videolink appearance at SXSW

In his first live video appearance, Edward Snowden has just participated in a panel at SXSW alongside the ACLU’s Ben Wizner – one of his legal advisors – and Chris Soghoian.

In interviews before the event, both Ben Wizner and the Washington Post’s Barton Gellman explained Snowden’s motivation for speaking at the SXSW Interactive Festival, with Gellman pointing out that “The tech community has been pretty disturbed” by Snowden’s revelations and “This is a group he wants to influence.”

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EU Inquiry into Electronic Mass Surveillance draws its conclusions

For the past five months the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) has been conducting an investigation into electronic mass surveillance of, and conducted by, EU member states. This inquiry, prompted directly by Edward Snowden’s revelations, held the first of its fifteen hearings on 5 September 2013 and is now making amendments to the draft report prepared by Inquiry rapporteur, MEP Claude Moraes.

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