The topic of the talk will be cybersecurity, the conference said, but it’s hard to believe the 2016 presidential election or what working for Donald Trump is like won’t come up in the conversation.
In a press release, Herbst said, “At SXSW, we will conduct a unique conversation examining the tensions between privacy and national security. Being able to share a high level conversation with FBI Director James Comey and the audience in Austin will help us all understand the challenges to our rights in the age of disruption."
According to a recent Justice Department memo, Comey is expected to stay on as FBI director under the Trump administration. He’s in his fourth year in what is typically a 10-year term as FBI director.
Attendees with Interactive and platinum badges will have primary access to the session; Film and Music badgeholders will have secondary access. It’s unclear if the event will be live-streamed to the public.
Comey became a controversial figure in the 2016 election when a letter from Comey was released about an investigation into candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails. There was much debate about whether that action helped swing the election in favor of Trump.
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