Top writers ask for bill of digital rights
December 11 , 2013
After the tech giants united to call on the the world to limit spying, about 562 authors did the same and asked the UN to create a global bill of rights since the recently leaked NSA documents make each person a suspect.
The authors, who come from 81 countries and include Tom Stoppard and Dave Eggers, said humans have a right to not be observed and molested.
Their petition notes that "a person under surveillance is no longer free; a society under surveillance is no longer a democracy. To maintain any validity, our democratic rights must apply in virtual as in real space."