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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.

Masha Gessen: "Imagination and Democracy"

In the framework of the Orwell Day, the journalist and activist 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 of alarming antidemocratic trends appearing in western societies and urges rebellion against any form of authoritarianism.

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 in English Literature at the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), speaks about the posthumous victories of the author of Homage to Catalonia.

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 by other intelligent machines.

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.

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.

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?