CNET live Q&A: Ex-Facebook exec Chris Kelly

Live interview: CNET's Declan McCullagh asks Chris Kelly, formerly Facebook's chief privacy officer and California attorney general candidate, about identity and security at 9 a.m. PT Wednesday.

We're pleased to announce that CNET will broadcast a special live interview on Wednesday of Chris Kelly, Facebook's first chief privacy officer and previously a California attorney general candidate.

Chris Kelly
In April 2009, Chris Kelly launched a bid to be elected attorney general in California. He lost in the June primary.

Tune in online at 9 a.m. PT (noon ET) on Wednesday, when I'll be interviewing Kelly about privacy, identity, and security. Both of us will be in CBS Interactive's San Francisco headquarters, and the video will be shown at the PrivacyIdentityInnovation conference in Seattle, aka pii2010.

Here's the place to find our live video feed, which will start a few minutes after 9 a.m. and last about half an hour.

If you'd like to ask questions, please post them to Twitter during the event using the #pii2010QA hashtag.

After sinking more than $12 million of his own Facebook-share-derived fortune into his campaign, Kelly recently lost the Democratic primary to San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, 33.6 percent to 15.5 percent (PDF).

The Kelly campaign sought to turn his experience at the social-networking company into a campaign asset, stressing in an advertisement that he was "top legal counsel at Facebook" and arguing that it gave him insight into "better, smarter ways to solve problems."

If the election had been held a year ago, that might have been received well by voters.

But after a series of high-profile privacy flaps, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg's remarks last December about pushing users to disclose more and an almost-apology from Zuckerberg this spring, that Facebook experience became a liability. Harris, his rival, created an video saying Kelly "designed (the) Facebook privacy policy" and "released your private information." (Kelly called the charges untrue.)

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