Libraries and the Surveillance State

Another Reason We ♥ Libraries

The Washington DC Public Library just concluded a 10-day series to teach the public about government surveillance, transparency, and personal privacy.

Called Orwellian America? Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age, the program began with a marathon reading of George Orwell’s 1984, included documentaries about Aaron Swartz and Edward Snowden, and included workshops on protecting online privacy and accessing governmental information.

Light irony: the program was funded, in part, by the Institute of Museum and Library Service, a federal agency.

Image: Promotional poster from the DC Public Library. Select to embiggen

Michael Cervieri

Michael Cervieri is the creator of the Future Journalism Project where he explores better ways to produce, consume and understand the news. He has taught Internet and Mobile communication technologies at both the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the university’s School of International and Public Affairs. (Twitter | Contact)