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Writers Speak Out Against State Surveillance

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After Edward Snowden leaked information regarding the NSA’s activities, the world began to feel a general sense of unease and (in some cases) anger. A group of writers from all over the world (81 different countries, in fact) have decided to act upon those feelings and take a stand. Over 500 writers signed a petition condemning the level of state surveillance and asking that a new international charter be created, according to The Guardian.

The 500-plus signatures include those of five Nobel Prize winners and writers such as Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo and Ian McEwan. The petition suggests that by spying on people’s digital communications, intelligence agencies are “turning everyone in potential suspects, with worrying implications for the way societies work,” according to The Guardian.

To solve for the worrisome surveillance problem, the writers have urged the UN to create an international bill of digital rights that would protect civil rights in the age of the internet. The petition asks for a proper look at snooping in countries such as the US and the UK.

Do you think the writers will succeed with their petition? Is it about time a group took a stand against state surveillance? Let us know your thoughts. 

Posted by Jamie Friedlander on Dec 11, 2013


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