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Google and Facebook may be our best defenders against Big Brother

The big online companies are calling for urgent reforms to protect us from having data intercepted Over a few weeks’ worth of bedtimes in the summer of 1984, my dad read me Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Though the dystopian context would have been lost on nine-year old me, the…

Activist artists fight to save George Orwell’s ‘Burmese Days’ inspiration on the banks of the Irrawaddy

Cobwebs cover its furniture and its rooms are long deserted, but a crumbling house in northern Myanmar is at the centre of a conservation battle by locals who say it was once home to George Orwell. The remote trading post of Katha on the banks of the Irrawaddy — and…

Sales of George Orwell’s 1984 skyrocket in wake of spying scandal

Big brother is watching — sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984″ have skyrocketed in the wake of revelations of US government surveillance. The centennial edition of the novel surged 7,005 percent on Amazon, according to the online retailer’s “Mover and Shakers in Books” page that monitors biggest gainers in…

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