Originally published December 10, 2013
Hundreds of authors from around the world have written to the United Nations urging it to create an international bill of digital rights.
More than 500 writers signed the open letter condemning the scale of state surveillance following recent leaks about UK and US Government activities.
Ian McEwan, Tom Stoppard and Will Self are among the British signatories.
"To maintain any validity, our democratic rights must apply in virtual as in real space," the letter says.
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