Edward Snowden Speaks at the TED2014 Conference via a Telepresence Robot About the Internet and the NSA

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor responsible for leaking a number of classified documents to media outlets in 2013, recently spoke via a Beam telepresence robot from Suitable Technologies at the TED2014 conference in Vancouver, Canada. Chris Anderson, the head of TED, interviewed Snowden about a variety of subjects, including PRISM and other secretive NSA surveillance programs.

The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. “Your rights matter,” he say, “because you never know when you’re going to need them.”

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