Writers Sign Petition Against Mass Surveillance

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A whole raft of writers, from Margaret Atwood to Arundhati Roy to Orhan Pamuk, have joined forces to take a stand against mass surveillance in the digital age.

A petition put together by Writers Against Mass Surveillance was signed by 562 authors (including five Nobel laureates) from 80 countries and circulated in newspapers worldwide on International Human Rights Day. It declares:

[A] fundamental human right has been rendered null and void through abuse of technological developments by states and corporations for mass surveillance purposes.

A person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →