Irish Writing Blog

writers-against-mass-surveillancePlease, take two minutes, less, to do this. It’s important, so important that more than 550 writers from around the world have joined together and taken half-page ads in newspapers across the world.

The Big Brother of George Orwell’s 1984 exists, and is being used against individuals by nations and corporations all over the world.

Leading Irish writers Roddy Doyle, Colum McCann and Colm Tóibín are signatories.

They are ably assisted by hundreds of others, including JM Coetzee, Julian Barnes, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Jeanette Winterson, Kazuo Ishiguro, Alice Walker, Paul Auster, Don De Lillo, James Salter, Henning Mankell, Lionel Shriver, Orhan Pamuk and Dave Eggers.

They say:

It is an appeal in defense of civil liberties against surveillance by corporations and governments. 

In recent months, the extent of mass surveillance has become common knowledge. With a few clicks of the mouse the state can access your mobile device…

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