Snowden Live: Canada and the Security State

The event will include the launch of the Snowden Digital Surveillance Archive

Date: Wednesday, March 4 2015

Time: 12-2 p.m.

Where: RCC 103, Rogers Communications Centre, Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street, Toronto

Join CJFE for a discussion about the state of mass surveillance in Canada, featuring a live Q&A with Edward Snowden. Whistleblower, former NSA contractor, and subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Citizenfour,” Edward Snowden has sparked an international conversation on surveillance, privacy, and national security. But in the wake of the Snowden leaks, what have we learned? Where are we headed? And what questions remain?

Moderated by Anna Maria Tremonti, Host of CBC Radio’s The Current and CJFE Board member, Snowden will be answering questions from individuals in attendance, and submitted in advance via Twitter.

Canadians can submit their questions for Edward Snowden using #AskSnowden on Twitter. The event will be live streamed at

Also to be launched at the event: a tool for accessing information about government surveillance, created by (former) iSchool archives students in partnership with the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.

Following the Q&A with Snowden, the event will feature a panel discussion with Canadian experts discussing the implications of these revelations for the country, and the future of digital surveillance in Canada.


Dave Seglins, Senior Reporter, CBC Investigative Unit
Dr. Andrew Clement, Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Laura Tribe, National and Digital Programs Lead, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Supporters include: Centre for Freedom of Expression, Faculty of Communications and Design, Ryerson University; Digital Curation Institute, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto; Surveillance Studies Centre, Sociology Department, Queens University