Politician needs Iceland to turn out to be ‘the Switzerland of bits’

Politician wants Iceland to become 'the Switzerland of bits'

Birgitta Jónsdóttir was sitting within the viewers on the Icelandic Digital Freedom Convention when John Perry Barlow, a co-founding father of the Digital Frontier Basis referred to as for Iceland to “grow to be just like the Switzerland of bits.” Six years later, Jónsdóttir is making an attempt to make that dream a actuality. She was elected to parliament in 2009 and has confirmed to be one of the crucial tech savvy and outspoken members of Iceland’s authorities. Final yr she was considered one of three members of the Pirate Celebration elected at a nationwide degree, and she or he is spearheading efforts just like the Icelandic Trendy Media Initiative, which focuses on defending whistle blowers, journalists’ sources and making certain the liberty of data. A few of this work has been carried out along side the controversial group headed by Julian Assange, WikiLeaks. Whereas the implementation of many of those concepts has been removed from good, the nation has made nice progress in the direction of turning into a protected haven for knowledge, in the identical means that Switzerland has turn into the defacto repository for wealth — whether or not it was gained truthfully or by way of much less that noble means. And Jónsdóttir has pledged that she is going to proceed to battle. Particularly after discovering that she, herself, was the goal of surveillance by the US Division of Justice.

For extra on Birgitta Jónsdóttir take a look at Motherboard’s wonderful profile right here.

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