Julian Assange to speak at SXSW

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a statement to media gathered outside the High Court in London, Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange will join SXSW Interactive 2014 via satellite video for a live conversation with The Barbarian Group’s Benjamin Palmer on Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m.

Assange, who rarely agrees to interviews, will talk about the spread of surveillance, advantages and abuses of the digital age and the future of democracy. This is one of more than 800 daytime programming sessions at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival.

In 2006, Assange gained notoriety when he established WikiLeaks, a platform which publishes government documents in an effort to “confront corruption and publish the truth.” Since its creation, WikiLeaks has published several million documents. Benjamin Palmer is co-founder of The Barbarian Group, an agency that since 2001 has specialized in digital branding for businesses.

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