Saw a pre-release video, Edward Snowden speaking at Libreplanet 2016 conference. He was welcomed with a standing ovation, which embarrassed him. He pointed out that without free, open software, the revelations he delivered to the world about mass surveillance in 2013 would not have happened. This is because commercial software cannot be trusted, to the degree that software such as Debian, can be trusted. So he thanked the audience, composed of the coders who work on open software.
Later, referring to the cutting-edge technology of virtual reality (VR), he described a vision in which people could use VR to join friends online while anywhere in the world and be able to look over each others shoulders at what was on any other persons screen - to examine and discuss their work, all the while remaining safely private. "If we can develop this sort of VR experience and make it available in a free and open technology, it will change the political situation of every person in every country in the world. Private collaboration will be available everywhere, anywhere, all of the time." (Applause)