1984 Action Day

This campaign is about organising an international action day around the 8th of June, the date that George Orwell’s 1984 was first published in 1949. The date will be marked by protests against CCTV cameras and other surveillance, by groups from around the world.

George Orwell described his book as an illustration:

“of the perversions to which a centralized economy is liable and which have already been partly realized in Communism and Fascism. I do not believe that the kind of society I describe necessarily will arrive, but I believe (allowing of course for the fact that the book is a satire) that something resembling it could arrive. I believe also that totalitarian ideas have taken root in the minds of intellectuals everywhere, and I have tried to draw these ideas out to their logical consequences.”

As society continues towards the “logical consequences” of which Orwell warned, campaigners will be asking: “When will you fight back?”

Our goal is to raise awareness of how far Orwell’s vision has already come true, having a special focus on how scarily far CCTV technology has grown and how our societies are being driven by this development.

We are an open group, a collection of human beings and non-governmental organisations raising our concerns about the newest developments in tracking, tracing, face recognition and data investigations.

We are independent and above party lines.

Everybody is welcome to join.

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