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.
It should be interesting, Hilbert said in a phone interview, to see if young people who have grown up with computers and social media share any of Doctorow’s privacy concerns.
“In my experience,” said Hilbert, who works in the library’s young adult services area, “they’re not really concerned about that. They have a feeling that they shouldn’t be doing anything that isn’t going to be public. On the other hand, I’ve seen a lot of them, when they graduate and start looking for jobs, erase their Facebook pages and start over with new ones.”
The library has space for 70 people to participate in the chat, which will include remarks by Doctorow and a question-and-answer session.
A YouTube video of the chat will be posted to the Metropolitan Library System Teen Scene web page at www.metrolibrary.org/ya.
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.”
Southern Oaks Library