Last week (December 10, 2013), Britain’s The Guardian, newspaper, published the 500 signatures adjacent to a Digital Bill of Rights by global writers. The article was followed by a double page portfolio/menagerie of photos of the writers supporting the mandate.
Ironically, in the States (December 19, 2013), The New York Times cited President Obama’s recommendation/ proposal to the NSA (National Security Agency) to limit the extent (of the agency) to collect information, digitally, regarding US citizens without cause or authorization.
The impact of the international, literary coalition may have aided or prompted a review of surveillance policies in the United States. John Ashbery, Jennifer Egan, Alice Walker, JM Coetzee, Zada Mda, Helon Habila, Edwidge Danticat, Margaret Atwood, and others are leading the fight for privacy for all. President Obama is an author of several, noted, successful books (The Audacity of Hope, 2007 and Dreams from My Father, 2004). The protest of the authors focuses upon writers and all individuals in terms of basic, fundamental, rights. In the name of protection, what have we lost? In the process, have we willingly succumbed to a covert, global, Big Brother agenda?
The call that the international, global, literary community ‘sends out’ is for industry, governments, The United Nations, and citizens of the world to become more vigilant regarding the loss of human rights.