Jack Dorsey will conduct an interview with Edward Snowden on Periscope. Jack Dorsey is a known supporter of the Pardon Snowden movement, an initiative that aims to get a presidential pardon for Snowden.
Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA spying on US citizens without democratic consent, and pushed the tech industry towards taking more steps to safeguard the privacy of their users. Other known supporters of the Pardon Snowden campaign include Steve Wozniak, Tim Berners-Lee, Neil Gaiman and Mark Ruffalo.
Edward Snowden famously exposed the illegal surveillance of US citizens by agencies. He has been on the run since then, and there has been a campaign to bring him back to the United States after being granted a pardon for spying on the spy agencies spying on the citizens. Snowden describes himself succinctly on Twitter as someone who worked for the government and now works for the public.
Snowden is popular all over the world for defending the right of privacy, particularly in Europe, which has much stronger privacy laws as compared to the United States. In Germany, fans of Snowden asked President Barack Obama if he could pardon Snowden,but Obama ruled out the possibility as the proper procedures were not initiated in the courts in the first place for the pardon to be granted.
Snowden is reportedly working on an iPhone case that prevents any kind of surveillance. He has also warned users against using Google’s instant messaging application, Allo, for holding secure and confidential conversations.
In India, the time for the interview works out to around 10:30 PM, tonight. The live Periscope interview will be hosted by the @PardonSnowden Twitter account. Users can submit questions for Dorsey to pose to Snowden using the #AskSnowden hashtag.