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Southern Oaks library in Oklahoma City to host chat with author Cory Doctorow

The Google Hangout will be open to visitors to the Oklahoma City library and to students in two high school classrooms.
by Ken Raymond Modified: August 8, 2014 at 6:03 pm •  Published: August 10, 2014

Southern Oaks Public Library in Oklahoma City will host a live Google Hangout with author, activist, journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The chat will focus primarily on Doctorow’s acclaimed young adult novels, including “Homeland” and “Pirate Cinema.” His 2010 novel, “Little Brother,” spent several weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.

“A lot of his books ... discuss issues such as privacy rights and human rights on the Internet, net neutrality, propaganda (and) personal freedoms versus safety issues,” librarian John Hilbert, who will moderate the chat, said in an email. “I know he works with the Electronic Frontier Foundation so he may be working to try and get the Internet regulated like a utility.”

Doctorow is critical of post-9/11 measures that decreased privacy in the name of increased security. The protagonist of “Little Brother,” a 17-year-old hacker named Winston, leads a rebellion of sorts against the authoritarian government after being wrongly held and interrogated by Homeland Security after a San Francisco terrorist attack.

The online chat will allow Doctorow to interact with people attending the event at the library, 6900 S Walker Ave., and with students in two classes at Santa Fe South High School.

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by Ken Raymond
Book Editor
Ken Raymond is the book editor. He joined The Oklahoman in 1999. He has won dozens of state, regional and national writing awards. Three times he has been named the state's "overall best" writer by the Society of Professional Journalists. In...
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In my experience, they’re not really concerned about (privacy). They have a feeling that they shouldn’t be doing anything that isn’t going to be public.”

John Hilbert,,
Southern Oaks Library

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