Due to scheduling conflicts keeping him in Washington, D.C., FBI Director James Comey will be unable to attend SXSW for his conversation with Newseum CEO and President Jeffrey Herbst.
Taking his place is FBI General Counsel James Baker, who has worked on national security investigations and prosecutions as a long-serving Department of Justice official.
“The Newseum is the premier national institution that promotes the freedoms of the First Amendment and the right of free expression,” said Newseum CEO Jeffrey Herbst. “This year we will conduct a unique conversation examining the tensions between privacy and national security.”
In light of the Snowden leaks and the legal battle between the FBI and Apple, issues that live at the intersection of national security, technology and First Amendment rights are particularly timely. The speed at which technology has overwhelmed our regulatory and legal apparatus ensures that the discussion’s takeaways will continue to be relevant in the months ahead.
SXSW will take place from March 10 through March 18 in Austin, Tex. Herbst and Baker’s conversation is Monday, March 13, at 5 p.m. at the Hilton in downtown Austin.