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Authors petition UN for Digital Bill of Rights

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(Read caption) Authors Don DeLillo (l.) and Margaret Atwood (r.) are two of the writers who signed the petition.

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From librarians protesting the Patriot Act to writers speaking out against government surveillance, the literary community has tended to be a vocal defender of civil liberties.

Responding to recent widespread state spying, more than 500 authors from around the world – including five Nobel Prize winners – have signed a petition asking the United Nations for a Digital Bill of Rights.

The petition comes a day after leaders of major tech companies, including Google, Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Yahoo, and AOL, published an open letter asking Congress and the President to take steps to restrict government surveillance.

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