Filed under Freedom of speach

Boka “Revolusjon 2.0” og Aftenpostens anmeldelse

Revolusjoner var enklere før, da telte man døde kropper og halshogginger,  ikke antall ”liker” og visninger av YouTube-videoer som i dag.  Men det er på høy tid at vi venner oss til at ”teknikaliteter” også er en del av vår tids revolusjoner. 2. juli kunne vi lese om ”Nettrevolusjon og brutal virkelighet” i Aftenposten (ikke … Continue reading

WikiLeaks: Lillebror ser deg

Jeg har ingen problemer med å se at Wikileaks er et fantastisk verktøy for varslere og media, et verktøy vi trenger. Men likevel er der et MEN. Jeg er for åpne data, men jeg er ikke en åpenhetsfundamentalist. Jeg er for ytringsfrihet, men jeg mener likevel en viss grad av konfidensialitet er nødvendig for at … Continue reading

Internet access as a human right?

The events taking place in Iran for the past three weeks have made me thinking about this topic. Would the situation in Iran been different if access to the internet was part of the UN’s declaration of human rights? Isn’t it time to start thinking about internet as a utility, as something that is so … Continue reading

The atheist buses stir debate

800 atheist buses are rolling in the UK, I’ve written an article about the campaign in Dagbladet (Norwegian). The debate after the article is quite intense, one of the commentators argues “Down with religion!”, another one shouts “Do you think there is a God in 2009?” One persons says that “this kind of campaigns send … Continue reading

Chinese activist receives EU’s Sakharov prize

EU dared what the Norwegian Nobel Committee didn’t. AIDS and environmental activist Hu Jia has received the European Parliament’s Sakharov prize for Freedom of Thought. Here are some of the global blogger’s reactions. One of China’s most famous bloggers, Isaac Mao, has written about Hu Jia and his wife Zeng Jinyan’s struggles for freedom earlier. … Continue reading

Exposed by the Internet – Solstad, Siegel and Gould

Have you ever felt naked online? Too much information out there, about yourself, your feelings, your surroundings, your private opinions? I was struck by the resemblance between these three stories yesterday, as I by coincidence stumbled upon some of them. And all of these three people; Dag Solstad, Norwegian writer, Lee Siegel, American critic, and … Continue reading

When everyone is a reporter – even donors

If your interested in journalism, citizen journalism and the future of media, here is an article you have to read (via eJour). Blogger and professor in Journalism, Jeff Jarvis and Michael Tomasky, Guardian’s USA editor, “clash” in this piece on the topic of citizen journalism/bloggers and what to expect from the new reporters. The backdrop … Continue reading

Satanic Verses on stage

I have followed the publication of the Dutch movie “Fitna” with some interest. I still haven’t seen the film, and I’m sure it is possible to find somewhere online even though LiveLeak removed it on Friday. However, it seems to be the kind of film that is made just in order to provoke, not to … Continue reading

Demonstrate online now!

Reporters Without Borders is arranging a 24-hours demonstration against Internet censorship, and it is time for you to raise your banner online. The really bad Internet guys are Burma, China, North Korea, Egypt, Cuba, Eritrea, Tunisia, Turkmenistan and Vietnam. The whole list is here. The demonstration is part of the first “Online Free Expression Day”. … Continue reading

Free speakers get EU protection

Freedom of speech is a hot topic these days, and those who speak more freely than others (or about more controversial issues, such as Islam), can now expect to get protection from EU. Few days ago, I wrote about Aayan Hirsi Ali, the Dutch politicians who is living with constant death threats on her shoulders, … Continue reading

Security fund for individuals threatened by terrorists

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the previous Dutch politician, is the one who suggests this, according to the Guardian. She has been living under tight police protection since the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh by an Islamist extremist in 2004. Hirsi Ali’s outspoken criticism of Islam has resulted in several death threats. In 2006 she … Continue reading