FBI Director James Comey will be unable to attend SXSW due to scheduling conflicts keeping him in Washington D.C., according to an SXSW statement.

“FBI General Counsel James Baker will take his place for a conversation with Jeffrey Herbst of Newseum,” Linda Park reports for SXSW.

“The pair will discuss the intersection of national security, technology and First Amendment rights,” Park reports. “In light of the Snowden revelations and the FBI vs Apple controversies, the speed at which technology has overwhelmed our regulatory and legal apparatus makes these issues particularly timely to discuss.”

Park reports, “This session will take place on March 13, 2017 at the Hilton Austin Downtown at 5:00pm.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Shocking.

U.S. FBI Director James Comey

U.S. FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director Comey calls for national talk over encryption vs. safety – August 8, 2016
Feckless FBI unable to unlock iPhone, even with a ‘fingerprint unlock warrant’ – May 12, 2016
FBI’s Comey says agency paid more than $1 million to access San Bernadino iPhone – April 21, 2016
Nothing significant found on San Bernardino’s terrorist’s iPhone – April 14, 2016
FBI director confirms hack only works on older iPhones that lack Apple’s Secure Enclave – April 7, 2016
Apple responds to FBI: ‘This case should have never been brought’ – March 29, 2016

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “First 2014, Then 2016” and “TxUser” for the heads up.]