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.