A statewide, online simulcast is planned for the sold-out Davis Levin First Amendment Conference set for this Saturday — Valentine’s Day — in the Kalakaua Ballroom of the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will appear live via video link from Moscow, while Ben Wizner, his attorney and director of the national ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, will be present in the ballroom.

“The conversation will focus on the balance of government secrecy in wartime with the public’s right to know, and the implications of this balance on free speech in America,” according to a press release.

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden

The conversation will be moderated by Aviam Soifer, dean of the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law.

During the event, organizers will monitor Twitter for questions and comments flagged with the #DLFAC2015 hashtag. Selected questions, along with notes from the audience in the ballroom, will be sent to Soifer on stage.

The simulcast will run live from noon to 1:30 p.m. HST on these channels:

The First Amendment Conference is named for Hawaii attorneys Mark S. Davis and Stanley E. Levin. Prior conference speakers include Daniel Ellsberg, Kenneth Starr, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Ralph Reed, Nadine Strossen and Jay Sekulow.

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