Mass Surveillance & Free Expression
Mass surveillance threatens artistic and intellectual freedom. Pervasive monitoring has a chilling effect on free speech, inhibits creative expression and intellectual inquiry, and alters our political discourse. All of us should value privacy and control over what we disclose about ourselves and what we don’t. What are the implications of government and corporate surveillance for the freedoms of speech and expression?
SOMETHING TO HIDE
In October 2015, we partnered with the ACLU of Massachusetts to present Something to Hide: Writers & Artists Against Mass Surveillance. In the program, writers, artists, and special guests read literature on the themes of privacy and censorship. Watch highlights from the event below, featuring Suzanne Nossel and Carol Rose, with Helene Atwan, Chris Cooper, Andre Dubus III, Jennifer Haigh, Richard Hoffman, Helen Elaine Lee, Marianne Leone, Lois Lowry, Claire Messud, ZZ Packer, Tom Perrotta, and Michael Rezendes.