A petition sent to the United Nations by 500 of the world’s most prominent writers calls on the governments of the world to clamp down on mass surveillance. Signed by such luminaries as Tom Stoppard, Martin Amis, Arundhati Roy, Margaret Atwood, Gunter Grass and Orhan Parmuk, the petition includes statements such as the following:
The basic pillar of democracy is the inviolable integrity of the individual. Human integrity extends beyond the physical body. In their thoughts and in their personal environments and communications, all humans have the right to remain unobserved and unmolested.