Think Inc, in conjunction with the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, presents
An Evening with Edward Snowden
Date: Sunday 22 May 2016
Venue: Plenary, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets: Click here for tickets
A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They'll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves: an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought. And that's a problem because privacy matters; privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.
In the realised Orwellian nightmare of government surveillance and data retention, individual privacy is threatened globally. Few who risk their freedom exposing the secrets of the government dodge the repercussions, and often are forced to flee to tell their story. This is the story of Edward Snowden, told live to Australian audiences in May 2016.
Watch the whistleblowing warrior wax lyrical on the dangers of Australia's growing governmental surveillance, the tumultuous relationship between individualism and 'national security', and on the actions that polarised him as, alternatively, a paladin and a public enemy. (Appearing via a video link)
After serving as a high-level technology and cybersecurity specialist across US government agencies, Snowden became a hero to all who value governmental transparency as he revealed to the world that the National Security Agency (NSA) was seizing private records from billions of everyday civilians. He has also been branded a traitor by his own government and its allies. The result of his risks and the alarming discoveries that came with them led to the most significant US surveillance policy in almost three decades, making him a public enemy and forcing him to seek political asylum in Russia.
Appearing live via video link, the controversial conqueror of social justice will enlighten audiences on how he did what he did, and most importantly, why he did it. Brought to you by Think Inc. – the team behind the Australian tours of Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sam Harris, Maajid Nawaz, Dr Michio Kaku, Dr Cornel West, and The 'Amazing' James Randi – An Evening with Edward Snowden provides a rare opportunity to grant an audience with one of the most revered freethinkers of the 21st century.
Sunday 22 May - Melbourne, The Plenary MCEC
Saturday 28 May - Sydney, Hordern Pavilion