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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 1:00PM

at The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium
The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003


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.