How Surveillance Causes Writers to Self-Censor
A worldwide survey of writers affiliated with PEN shows a significant level of self-censoring. From the press release:
The report’s revelations, based on a survey of nearly 800 writers worldwide, are alarming. Concern about surveillance is now nearly as high among writers living in democracies (75%) as among those living in non-democracies (80%). The levels of self-censorship reported by writers living in democratic countries are approaching the levels reported by writers living in authoritarian or semi-democratic countries. And writers around the world think that mass surveillance has significantly damaged U.S. credibility as a global champion of free expression for the long term.
New York Times article. Hacker News thread. Slashdot thread.
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