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PEN World Voices Festival presents:
Life in the Panopticon: Thoughts on Freedom in an Era of Pervasive Surveillance
with M. Julian Sanchez, Catherine Crump and others
Saturday, May 5, 2012
at The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square
Tiny surveillance drones that hover and stare. An Internet where
every keystroke is recorded. The automated government inspection
of hundreds of millions of emails for suspicious characteristics. The
technological advancements spurred by the computing revolution
have improved our lives, but have also diminished our privacy and
enhanced the government’s power to monitor us. Writers and directors
who have grappled with technology’s mixed blessings join civil liberties
advocates to discuss ways of preserving our freedom in an era in
which we all dwell in Bentham’s Panopticon—a prison that allows our
wardens to observe us at all times without being seen themselves.