San Francisco – Journalist and Author Glenn Greenwald will discuss the state of surveillance in the United States on Sunday, June 28, 1 – 2 p.m. during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 25 – 30 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Greenwald will discuss, via Skype, what many view as the failure of the mainstream media to actively investigate U.S. government surveillance programs and the need to safeguard whistleblowers.
Glenn Greenwald is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, "No Place to Hide," is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. He was a columnist for The Guardian until October 2013 and is now a founding editor of a new media outlet, The Intercept.
For his 2013 NSA reporting, he received the George Polk award for National Security Reporting; the Gannett Foundation award for investigative journalism and the Gannett Foundation watchdog journalism award; the Esso Premio for Excellence in Investigative Reporting in Brazil, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award. Along with Laura Poitras, Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers for 2013. The NSA reporting he led for The Guardian was awarded the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service.
This session is made possible by the generous support of the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) and moderated by Action Council Member Tom Twiss.
With more than 25,000 participants, the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition is the largest conference in the world for library professionals. The event will feature more than 2,500 meetings, special events, tours and programs on various topics affecting libraries and librarians, including community engagement, impact of school library reductions, ebook lending and usability, new technologies, privacy, makerspaces, library advocacy and many others.
The exhibition encompasses the entire library market and includes more than 900 exhibitors and hundreds of authors and illustrators.
For more information regarding the 2015 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition, please visit www.ala.org/annual.
Since 1969, members of the Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) have worked to promote a progressive agenda. In doing so, SRRT has provided a home within ALA for progressive librarians, library workers, and supporters who promote social responsibility as a core value of librarianship.