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The Shadow of "1984"

The COVID-19 crisis has raised the debate on collective security versus individual rights and freedoms. Are all means valid to deal with a pandemic? To what extent can a global fluid situation leads to technological control measures, disinformation campaigns, or more restrictive and authoritarian policies? George Orwell's 1984 shadow - an emblematic novel of the critique of totalitarianism - becomes very present when the democratic model falters and the algorithmic control of the population puts at risk the most basic freedoms.

Body and Pandemic: The Social Effects of Confinement

Wendy Delorme, Joana Moll and Núria Guiu

The queer activist and writer Wendy Delorme and the artist and researcher Joana Moll speak about the effects of the pandemic on bodily intimacy and social relations. The ballerina and choreographer Núria Guiu participates in the event with an abstract inspired by her piece Spiritual ...

Masha Gessen

Imagination and Democracy

In the framework of the Orwell Day, the journalist Masha Gessen defends imagination as a necessary tool for reviving the ideal of democracy and countering the assaults of totalitarianism. 

Timothy Snyder

A Defence of Freedom: On the Rise of Authoritarianism Today

The rise of the extreme right around the world has made manifest a growing mistrust in democracy as a political system in a shift which involves serious curtailment of freedoms and demonisation of minority groups. Timothy Snyder, one of the leading authorities on the history of Europe, warns ...

Timothy Garton Ash

Free speech under attack

Timothy Garton Ash, the internationally renowned intellectual and author of the book Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World, speaks about the threats faced by free speech and debates about it, as well as the electoral rise of right-wing populism, laws against hate speech, and the conflicts arising between humour and religion.

Miquel Berga and Marc Martínez: "Reading Orwell nowadays"

On Freedom and the Right to Tell People What They Don’t Want to Hear

How relevant is George Orwell’s legacy? Many Orwellian concepts still resound forcefully around the world today, for example his defence of freedom of expression and opposition to censorship. On this fourth celebration of Orwell's Day at the CCCB, Miquel Berga, lecturer ...

Orwell in times of facial recognition

Ferran Esteve

George Orwell’s vision of dystopia, "1984", describes situations similar to those of current times and advances ethical dilemmas still difficult to tackle today.

The Flying Eye

Soy cámara online

The exponential growth of the drone sector and the ethical implications of its use have made it one of the most controversial technological innovations, both as a mass-produced toy and for its military uses. Drones are flying eyes, many already equipped with artificial intelligence, some designed ...

Global Screen. Surveillance Screen

The surveillance screen is everywhere and has even infiltrated our private lives. We exist, even before being born, on the ultrasound screen. Then, a whole battery of cameras follows us, throughout our daily lives: nothing gets by the surveillance screen. 

The Other Net Behind the Great Wall (I)

Sandra Álvaro

With over 564 million users, China is home to the planet’s largest network of connected citizens. The Internet was introduced in China in 1994, along with the reform process that began after the Cultural Revolution. This first part of the article explores how China’s cultural heritage, ...

Mass Surveillance in Latin America

Alan Lazalde

In a global scenario where mass surveillance has already been exposed, especially thanks to cases such as Edward Snowden’s, we know privacy is a fundamental right we must protect. What is the situation like in Latin America in regards to mass surveillance?