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Petition: A stand for democracy in the digital age

Quando la sorveglianza è eccessiva diventa violenza. Servizi di governi democratici e autoritari, multinazionali americane e del resto del mondo, organizzazioni criminali e sembrano approfittare dell’apertura di internet per fare i comodi loro. Un diritto globale deve nascere per difendere i diritti dei cittadini del mondo. È una lunga strada. La petizione si firma su Change.org


Petition by Writers Against Mass Surveillance

On International Human Rights Day, 562 authors, including 5 Nobel Prize laureates, from over 80 countries have joined together to launch an appeal in defense of civil liberties against surveillance by corporations and governments. 5 Nobel Prize Winners have signed: Orhan Pamuk, J.M. Coetzee, Elfriede Jelinek, Günter Grass and Tomas Tranströmer. Also among the signatories are Umberto Eco, Margaret Atwood, Don DeLillo, Daniel Kehlmann, Nawal El Saadawi, Arundhati Roy, Henning Mankell, Richard Ford, Javier Marias, Björk, David Grossman, Arnon Grünberg, Angeles Mastretta, Juan Goytisolo, Nuruddin Farah, João Ribeiro, Victor Erofeyev, Liao Yiwu and David Malouf.

This global pledge was organized by an independent international group of authors – Juli Zeh, Ilija Trojanow, Eva Menasse, Janne Teller, Priya Basil, Isabel Cole, and Josef Haslinger. On Dec 10 it is published in 30 news papers all around the world:

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, your e-mail, your social networking and Internet searches.

It can follow your political leanings and activities and, in partnership with Internet corporations, it collects and stores your data, and thus can predict your consumption and behaviour.

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.

This 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.

To maintain any validity, our democratic rights must apply in virtual as in real space.

* Surveillance violates the private sphere and compromises freedom of thought and opinion.

* Mass surveillance treats every citizen as a potential suspect. It overturns one of our historical triumphs, the presumption of innocence.

* Surveillance makes the individual transparent, while the state and the corporation operate in secret. As we have seen, this power is being systemically abused.

* Surveillance is theft. This data is not public property: it belongs to us. When it is used to predict our behaviour, we are robbed of something else: the principle of free will crucial to democratic liberty.

WE DEMAND THE RIGHT for all people to determine, as democratic citizens, to what extent their personal data may be legally collected, stored and processed, and by whom; to obtain information on where their data is stored and how it is being used; to obtain the deletion of their data if it has been illegally collected and stored.


WE CALL ON ALL CITIZENS to stand up and defend these rights.

WE CALL ON THE UNITED NATIONS to acknowledge the central importance of protecting civil rights in the digital age, and to create an International Bill of Digital Rights.

WE CALL ON GOVERNMENTS to sign and adhere to such a convention.


Juli Zeh Germany
Ilija Trojanow Germany
Eva Menasse Germany
Janne Teller Denmark
Priya Basil UK
Isabel Fargo Cole USA
Josef Haslinger Austria


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  • Signatories:

    Anila Wilms Albania

    Boualem Sansal Algeria

    José Eduardo Agualusa Angola

    Maria Teresa Andruetto Argentina

    Edgardo Cozarinsky Argentina

    María Sonia Cristoff Argentina

    Marcelo Figueras Argentina

    Carlos Gamerro Argentina

    Alberto Manguel Argentina

    Guillermo Martinez Argentina

    Elsa Osorio Argentina

    Claudia Piñeiro Argentina

    Samanta Schweblin Argentina

    Debra Adelaide Australia

    Chris Andrews Australia

    Venero Armanno Australia

    Larissa Beherendt Australia

    James Bradley Australia

    Brian Castro Australia

    Nick Cave Australia

    J. M. Coetzee Australia

    Miriam Cosic Australia

    Michelle de Kretser Australia

    Nick Earls Australia

    Delia Falconer Australia

    Anna Funder Australia

    Helen Garner Australia

    Elisabeth Holdsworth Australia

    Linda Jaivin Australia

    Gail Jones Australia

    Evelyn Juers Australia

    Thomas Keneally Australia

    Nam Le Australia

    James Ley Australia

    Angelo Loukakis Australia

    David Malouf Australia

    Frank Moorhouse Australia

    Peter Rose Australia

    Rosie Scott Australia

    John Tranter Australia

    Kirsten Tranter Australia

    Arnold Zable Australia

    Lily Brett Australia/USA

    Geraldine Brooks Australia/USA

    Melitta Breznik Austria

    Olga Flor Austria

    Karl-Markus Gauß Austria

    Thomas Glavinic Austria

    Monika Helfer Austria

    Klaus Hoffer Austria

    Alois Hotschnig Austria

    Michael Köhlmeier Austri

    Robert Menasse Austria

    Robert Pfaller Austria

    Doron Rabinovici Austria

    Christoph Ransmayr Austria

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    Brian Chikwava Zimbabwe

    Henry Porter, UK

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    Peter Godwin (Zimbabwe), president of US PEN

    Jorie Graham (US)

    Ben Okri (Nigeria)

  • Sono d’accordo sui principi, ma é un po’ un cane che si morde la coda che sul sito change.org dove si può sottoscrivere la petizione si venga “tracciati” in modo piuttosto evidente…

    ogni “like” è in qualche modo espressione di una seppur piccola opinione, ma un like, come un voto, è troppo impersonale. Vorrei che un voto o una opinione digitale consentisse di motivare di più ciò che scegliamo, per distinguerci da greggi di droni o di bot più o meno camuffati da umani.


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