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Join the discussion. Orwell’s 1984 was a book, a film, a play… and, 34 years after it was set, is it our reality? Is there more to say about this dystopian touchstone of privacy, surveillance and identity, 70 years since the book hit the shelves?

Four informed New Zealanders will discuss Orwell’s visionary book and relate it to their personal and professional experiences at a free PrivacyLive lunchtime forum in Auckland on 14 March.

Chairing a provocative panel is the author of the New Zealand Civil Rights Handbook, Tim McBride. The other speakers include one of the play’s leading performers, Terence Crawford, New Zealand’s Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn, and the well-known blogger and media commentator, Russell Brown.

This free panel discussion - Orwell's 1984: A Book, a Film, a Play... and Now a Reality? - coincides with the Auckland Arts Festival and Auckland Theatre Company season of a theatrical adaptation of George Orwell’s cautionary classic 1984.

This PrivacyLive lunchtime event is brought to you by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the Auckland Arts Festival.

Orwell’s 1984: A Book, a Film, a Play… and Now a Reality? is on 14 March 2018 at 12.30pm in the Ellen Melville Pioneer Women’s Hall, Freyberg Place, Central Auckland.

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner’s PrivacyLive Forums are free to attend. Find out more here, including how to RSVP.

For more information, contact Charles Mabbett 021 509 735.