[Foundation-l] Fwd: WikiLeaks inspired "New media haven" proposal passes Parliament

Liam Wyatt liamwyatt at gmail.com
Wed Jun 16 19:12:08 UTC 2010

Thought people here might be interested in this.
We should be at that conference (last bullet point) IMO.
Are we looking to set up a new data-centre in Europe?

-Liam [[witty lama]]

Peace, love & metadata

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From: Julian Assange <julian at wikileaks.org>
Date: 16 June 2010 19:34
Subject: WikiLeaks inspired "New media haven" proposal passes Parliament
To: liamwyatt at gmail.com


Reykjavik, Iceland; 4:00 UTC, June 16th 2010.

The WikiLeaks advised proposal to build an international
"new media haven" in Iceland, with the world's strongest
press and whistleblower protection laws, and a "Nobel" prize for
for Freedom of Expression, has unaminously passed the
Icelandic Parliament.

50 votes were cast in favor, zero against, one abstained. Twelve
members of parliament were not present. Vote results are available
at http://www.althingi.is/dba-bin/atkvgr.pl?nnafnak=43014

One of the inspirations for the proposal was the dramatic August 2009
gagging of
of Iceland's national broadcaster, RUV by Iceland's then largest bank,


Two changes were made to the proposal from its original form as per
the opinion of the parliament's general affairs committee
[http://www.althingi.is/altext/138/s/1329.html]. The first of these
altered slightly the wording of the first paragraph so as to widen
the arena for research. The second of these added two new items to
the list of tasks for the government:

  - That the government should perform a detailed analysis,
    especially with respect to operational security,
    for the prospect of operating data centers in Iceland.

  - That the government should organize an international conference
    in Iceland regarding the changes to the legal environment being caused
    by expansion of cloud computing, data havens, and the judicial state
    of the Internet.

Video footage from the proposal's vote will be available at:



For details of the proposal and press contacts, please see

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