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We are witnessing a global arms race on surveillance. Intelligence arms of governments are developing or buying technologies capable of tracking internet traffic, intercepting sensitive communications, and hacking into personal devices. In some countries this is done in line with statutory frameworks, which are often applied using secret interpretations, whereas other governments take advantage of the lack of framework to abuse personal rights and liberties at will. For users at risk, preserving privacy requires constant diligence, and in some cases it is quite frequently a matter of life and death. Join Edward Snowden, a member of the Board of Directors at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and Ron Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, in a fireside chat, moderated by Access Now’s Amie Stepanovich. The conversation will consider the formal and informal government surveillance powers and authorities, including the need for transparency and the opportunities for reform.