Chelsea Manning’s fourth birthday behind bars

December 17, 2014 | Posted in blog, News | By

Today marks Chelsea Manning’s – one of the world’s most influential whistleblowers – fourth birthday behind bars. In early summer of 2010 Manning was arrested, though she was not sentenced until 3 years later, in August of 2013. Manning was

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Whistleblower behind bars: John Kiriakou exposed US torture

December 10, 2014 | Posted in blog, News | By

Today is Human Rights Day. Yesterday we got to read a heavily redacted 500+ page report (originally 6000+ pages) by the US Senate Select Committee on Torture carried out by the CIA. Of course, the CIA was not alone in

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The Microsoft Case: Jurisdiction and Data Protection

November 27, 2014 | Posted in blog, News | By

On the 25th of April, a US District Court Magistrate Judge ruled that Microsoft must hand over personal data to US authorities despite said data being stored in Ireland, another jurisdiction entirely: “Even when applied to information that is stored

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Demand for Minister’s answers – the languid process of the IMMI resolution

October 30, 2014 | Posted in blog, News | By

MP and IMMI Chairman Birgitta Jónsdóttir, inquired about the status of Icelandic Modern Media Initiative resolution in Alþingi (unanimously adopted in 2010) recently and voiced her concerns about the government’s lack of action. Birgitta’s speech was thus: I want to

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Icelandic Interior Minister’s Assistant Demands Imprisonment of Journalists

October 14, 2014 | Posted in blog, News | By

By Smári McCarthy and Guðjón Idir Defamation charges Þórey Vilhjálmsdóttir, political assistant to the Icelandic Minister of the Interior, Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, has filed defamation charges against journalists Jón Bjarki Magnússon and Jóhann Páll Jóhannsson for their reporting (published on

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IPU: The balance between security and individual freedoms

October 13, 2014 | Posted in blog, News | By

Birgitta Jónsdóttir is in Geneva for the 131st IPU General Assembly. There she will take part in various panels and discussions, most notably in the standing committee on peace and international security. The hearing is on implementation of the 2008

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The masks are off

October 8, 2014 | Posted in blog, News | By

Alarmingly, Keith Bristow, Director of the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), also known as Britain’s FBI, made a call to the public on Monday to obtain their consent to increase the surveillance capabilities of the state, and thus reduce their

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Open Finland 2014: Open Data and Open Governance

September 26, 2014 | Posted in blog, News | By

IMMI Chairman Birgitta Jónsdóttir was in Finland for the Open Finland 2014 conference. The event focused on data and its uses, posing and seeking to answer questions such as “why is it important to have and use open data?” and

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Net Neutrality: Parliamentary resolution and Internet Slowdown Day

September 10, 2014 | Posted in blog, News | By

Parliamentary resolution on Net Neutrality A parliamentary resolution has been submitted to Parliament calling for the Government of Iceland to ensure net neutrality in Iceland. The resolution lays out the importance of equal access to the Internet, regardless of residential

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Whistleblowers within the Public Sector

August 27, 2014 | Posted in blog, News | By

In a letter from the Althing’s Ombudsman to the Interior Minister the Ombudsman highlights the necessity to “consider the position of public sector workers, including Executives, who deem there being a reason to provide watchdog institutions such as the Althing’s

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