Edward Snowden and Max Schrems announced as CloudFest keynote speakers

Edward Snowden and Max Schrems were announced today as CloudFest keynote address speakers.

Schrems and Snowden were two of the people that convinced the European Parliament that the rules and regulations surrounding data privacy needed to be updated and resulted in the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Edward Snowden is an American computer professional, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee, and former contractor for the United States government who copied and leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 without authorization. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs.

Max Schrems is an Austrian lawyer, author and privacy activist who became known for campaigns against Facebook for privacy violation, including its violations of European privacy laws and alleged transfer of personal data to the US National Security Agency (NSA) as part of the NSA’s PRISM program.

Edward (via satellite) and Max (on stage) will have a discussion, on March 15, 10:30 a.m., on how we got here, whether the rest of the world is likely to follow suit, and whether GDPR is the ideal solution.

CloudFest, that rebranded from World Hosting Days, will be held March 10-16 2018, in Rust Germany.

CloudFest is a world-leading conference geared toward the cloud, hosting, and service provider industries. The conference expects more than 6,500 attendees from 2,500+ companies and 50+ countries.

CloudFest is the owner of the NamesCon conferences that just bought Domaining Europe. All conferences are owned by GoDaddy.


About Konstantinos Zournas

I studied Computer Engineering and Computer Science in London, UK and I am now living in Athens, Greece. I went online in 1995, started coding in 1996 and began buying domain names and creating websites in 2000. I started the OnlineDomain.com blog in 2012.


  1. That’s funny because Edward Snowden is completely against cloud services. He always says that centralizing data makes it easier for governments and hackers to access it since it’s all within the same provider (ex: Amazon, Google, etc). Wonder if he changed his mind!

  2. Wish I was a able to attend, that is sure an interesting couple of speakers. Look forward to reading about what they have to say. Hope the conference is great and will keep an eye out for any updates, Thanks,

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