IPU Resolution: Democracy in the Digital Era

November 2, 2015 | Posted in blog, News | By

On the 21st of October, the Inter-Parliamentary Union adopted a resolution entitled Democracy in the Digital Era and the Threat to Privacy and Individual Freedoms. The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was established in 1889 and consists of parliamentarians from 166 countries,


OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media – Iceland visit

September 11, 2015 | Posted in blog, News | By

Ms. Dunja Mijatović, OSCE’s Representative on Media Freedom, was in Iceland in September where she met with senior government officials, urging the Icelandic authorities to continue its efforts to safeguard and improve media freedom. Ms. Mijatović’s office supports the Icelandic


IPU Resolution on Privacy and Individual Freedoms

September 6, 2015 | Posted in blog, News | By

IMMI Chairman, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, is co-rapporteur along with Mr. H. J. Juhn (MP for the Republic of Korea) for an IPU resolution: Democracy in the digital era and the threat to privacy and individual freedoms. In the resolution the threat


Iceland decriminalizes blasphemy

July 16, 2015 | Posted in blog, News | By

An article in the Icelandic penal code, limiting free speech, has been abolished after a bill introduced by the Pirate Party passed in Parliament in July. The article (125) read thus: “Anyone officially ridiculing or insulting the dogmas or worship


Promote Strong Encryption and Anonimity in the Digital Age

June 17, 2015 | Posted in blog, News | By

Promote Strong Encryption and Anonimity in the Digital Age – Joint Civil Society Statement Submitted to the 29th Session of the UN Human Rights Council The undersigned civil society organizations and independent experts work to promote human rights and press


IMMI steering group recommences

May 26, 2015 | Posted in blog, News | By

The IMMI steering group, under the leadership of the Ministry of Education and Culture, has been mostly dormant for the past year and a half. One of the factors was lack of personnel. Now, however, Hörður Helgi Helgason, a solicitor


A political shift happening in Iceland?

May 1, 2015 | Posted in blog, News | By

The Icelandic Pirate Party has steadily grown in recent polls, polling in March as the biggest political party, and in early April as the second biggest party. The Pirate Party barely managed to squeeze into Alþingi (Icelandic Parliament) in the


Parliament today: Data Retention and Whistleblower Protection

April 30, 2015 | Posted in blog, News | By

Today, the first round of discussions on the bill on the removal of Data Retention from Icelandic law will take place in parliament. Yesterday, the Constitutional Court of Slovakia cancelled mass surveillance of its citizens. The European Information Society Institute reported:


Privacy – A brief recap

April 22, 2015 | Posted in blog, News | By

On March 26th the UN Human Rights Council unanimously agreed to establish a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy. Over 90 NGOs and civil society organizations successfully petitioned the UN to establish such a mandate. This news represent


A bill on Whistleblowers, removal of Data Retention and more

March 25, 2015 | Posted in blog, News | By

This week has seen parliamentary bills and a resolution, of relevance to IMMI and the safe haven objective, submitted to Alþingi (Icelandic Parliament). Links are in Icelandic: Bill on Whistleblower Protection (to be translated) Bill removing a clause in Icelandic