South by Southwest announced Thursday that FBI Director James Comey will speak as part of the festival’s government track in March.
Comey will speak alongside Newseum CEO Jeffrey Herbst at 5 p.m. March 13 at the Hilton in downtown Austin.
The event’s Facebook page states:
“FBI Director James Comey and Newseum President and CEO Jeffrey Herbst will discuss challenges to our national security. What threats do we face from terrorist groups overseas and from homegrown violent extremists? Does the FBI have the tools and the resources needed to confront emerging cyber issues? How does encryption impact the work of law enforcement? Can we strike the right balance between privacy, public safety and security? Comey and Herbst will talk about how today’s FBI works to protect the public while safeguarding civil liberties, civil rights, and the rule of law.”
U.S. Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is also set to speak at SXSW in 2017.