May 5, 2021 - 12:00pm PDT

This event is now over. You can watch a recorded version on the Internet Archive, on Facebook and YouTube.

Join us for a candid live discussion with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, EFF Executive Director Cindy Cohn, EFF Director of Engineering for Certbot Alexis Hancock, and EFF Policy Analyst Matthew Guariglia as they weigh in on surveillance in modern culture, activism, and the future of privacy.

EFF30 Fireside Chat: Surveillance
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 12 pm PT
Streaming Discussion with Q&A


This event is live and free!
$10 donation Suggested

Democracy, social movements, our relationships, and your own well being all require private space to thrive. But state actors and law enforcement reach for persistent mass surveillance tech with disturbing frequency. Privacy activists and ordinary people around the world stand before a growing arsenal of invasive tools in the hands of criminals and state actors alike. Our guests will discuss how mass surveillance changed us and our odds of fighting back.

RSVP today to attend this latest installment of EFF's 30th anniversary conversation series. Want to support EFF's work? Pitch in an optional $10 donation when you register, or give today at

ABOUT EFF30 FIRESIDE CHATS: To commemorate the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s 30th anniversary, we present EFF30 Fireside Chats. This limited series of livestreamed conversations looks back at some of the biggest issues in internet history and their effects on the modern web. Past guests include renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier on the Crypto Wars, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden on Section 230 and free speech, and leading experts on technology policy.

EFF Livestream on Twitch (Twitch Privacy Policy)
Simulcasts: Facebook Live, Twitter, and YouTube Live.
A recording will be available after the program on YouTube.

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