Dave Eggers on NSA mass surveillance

December 22, 2013

Writing for The Guardian, author Dave Eggers insists writers must stand against NSA mass surveillance. Here’s an excerpt from “U.S. writers must take a stand on NSA surveillance.”

In an effort to illuminate the NSA’s effect on free expression, PEN American Center recently surveyed its U.S. members on their feelings about the NSA’s unbounded reach. The resulting report, “Chilling Effects: NSA Surveillance Drives US Writers to Self-Censor,” reveals that 88% of the writers polled are troubled by the NSA’s surveillance programme, and that 24% have avoided certain topics in email and phone conversations. Most disturbingly, 16% of those answering the survey said they had abandoned a project given its sensitivity. [emphases added]

Please read the entire article, republished by the PEN America Center.

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