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Orwellian America? Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age  

A series of programs at DC Public Library: January 21-31, 2015
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  • Privacy vs. Security: A Conversation
    Faisal Gill, Vince Houghton, Gene Policinski and J. Kirk Wiebe were at the Newseum Institute's Knight Studio on January 31, 2015 to discuss the tensions between an individual's right to privacy and modern national security concerns. Click the link to watch the conversation.
  • Q and A with Frontline producer Mike Wiser
    On January 24, 2015, Frontline producer Mike Wiser was at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library to screen and discuss his documentary "United States of Secrets: Part 1". Click here to listen to the discussion, facilitated by George Mason University professor Char Miller.
  • Orwellian America: The Podcast!
    The organizers of the LSTA funded 'Orwellian America' program- Catherine, Emily and Myra- get together to talk about books, movies and media that deal with privacy issues. (And also street artist Banksy. They talk about Banksy a bit.) In the three part series they discuss the Academy Award winning Citizenfour, John Oliver's famous Edward Snowden interview, and, well, Nineteen Eighty-Four.
 

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About "Orwellian America"

In an age when information can be transmitted instantly and globally, and after the 2013 disclosure of the NSA's access to users' personal information emerged, the issue of privacy has moved to the forefront of public discourse.  The Orwellian America program series explored the tensions among government transparency, personal privacy, and national security.  

The series ran from January 21 through January 31, 2015, with a special preview event on January 18.  The main event was a readathon of Orwell's dystopian classic, Nineteen Eighty-four, the prototypical text that examines the costs of government involvement in the private lives of individuals.   Workshops about protecting personal data and government transparency will be presented as well.  The series concluded with a discussion on the subject with the Newseum Institute and the Spy Museum.

 

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