City Paper is not for tourists
It’s not just journalists and whistleblowers who care about how our information is seen and shared online: The conversation goes on in incessant status updates about Facebook stealing individual content, online discussions of encrypted chats and Pretty Good Privacy keys, and beyond. And in the aftermath of the Sony hacking scandal, things feel downright Orwellian—“Every Breath You Take” could be playing on a constant loop. The DC Public Library’s “Orwellian America: Government Transparency and Personal Privacy in the Digital Age” series, then, is timely. The program starts Sunday with a screening of The Internet’s Own Boy, a documentary that chronicles the life (and death) of online activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, but the fun begins Wednesday, when community members and special guests come together to read Orwell’s 1984 in its entirety at MLK Library. Organizers estimate that the reading will take 11 hours, so drop by for your favorite passages or settle in to hear the novel in its entirety. Just know that if you use a library computer during a reading break, your search history will be monitored. The reading begins at 10 a.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. (202) 727-0321. dclibrary.org.