The infamous NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, kicked off this year’s LibrePlanet conference via video chat from Russia – which was done entirely using free software. For those interested, Jitsi Meet was used.
In a recap of the first day at LibrePlanet, it was noted that even before Snowden was finished being introduced, “the room broke out into clapping and a standing ovation” and that Snowden’s response to such a display was “clear emotion by thanking the community for creating free software”.
He credited many projects such as Debian, Tor, Tails, and GnuPG as software he relied on, “What happened in 2013 would not have been possible without free software”. Snowden said that he didn’t use Windows because of the possibility that it had backdoors in it.
“I didn’t use Microsoft machines when I was in my operational phase, because I couldn’t trust them. Not because I knew that there was a particular back door or anything like that, but because I couldn’t be sure.”
Snowden remarked at the critics of the NSA revelations – those who said things like “we already suspected they were doing that” – saying, “But we didn’t know – we knew