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Edward Snowden set to discuss his use of Bitcoin in the NSA leaks at BlockDown conference

This Friday, Edward Snowden will be appearing at BlockDown: DeData, a virtual conference fully dedicated to the challenges and alternatives of ownership and consent in this new era where data is the most sought-after commodity.

The former American former computer intelligence consultant, famous for leaking highly classified information from the National Security Agency in 2013 whilst as a subcontractor for the Central Intelligence Agency, will join a sixty-minute fireside chat about the importance of web3, data privacy, and surveillance capitalism in our increasingly digital world.

Last week, Snowden—an enthusiast for blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies—revealed that he used Bitcoin to hide his identity when buying the servers that made the NSA leaks possible.

“You know that whole NSA story from almost TEN YEARS AGO? I paid for the servers that made that possible… using Bitcoin,” he said in a tweet. Snowden’s revelations in 2013 uncovered the extensive network of global surveillance

programs conducted by the United States and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance (UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand) with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments, which prompted a global discussion about individual rights, privacy and government monitoring and abuse of personal data.

Snowden will be appearing alongside privacy and security experts, industry leaders and academics, including David Chaum—the inventor of digital currency and the “godfather of privacy”.

BlockDown Conference was first launched in March of 2020 and is now preparing for its fifth event, this time fully dedicated to decentralized data, coming this December 3rd from 2 PM to 10 PM CET.

In this one-day 8 hour special conference, experts and academics from across the blockchain and crypto space will join to discuss data ownership, privacy, Web3, personal information security and self-governance in detail through panels, keynotes,...

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