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Sweden links with US in 'net-activist alliance'

Sweden links with US in 'net-activist alliance'

Published: 15 Jun 2012 16:51 GMT+02:00
Updated: 15 Jun 2012 16:51 GMT+02:00

The Swedish foreign minister and US Secretary of State have both emphasized the importance of internet freedom.

The two countries are currently working on a number of initiatives to support internet activists involved in pro-democracy movements around the world.

According to Bildt, Sweden and the United States plan to put forward a proposal in the United Nations calling for the protection of freedom of speech on the internet.

"We're now working with a broader group around this, countries like Brazil, Nigeria, Turkey, and Tunisia. It's important that it's not only we and the Americans who are supporting this," Bildt told the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

Bildt explained that the proposal means that freedom of speech guarantees in article 19 of the UN declaration of human rights would also be applied to the internet.

Another initiative spearheaded by Sweden and the United States, as well as the Netherlands, calls for the creation of a fund to support net activists in undemocratic countries.

"Yes, we're discussing that. Both we, the Americans, and the Dutch already have such activities and now the question is how much we can coordinate things," said Bildt.

According to DN, the US and the Netherlands have promised to contribute to such a fund, while Sweden plans to contribute once the exact shape of the fund becomes clearer.

An increasing amount of Sweden's foreign aid budget has been devoted to supporting net activists in recent years through initiatives designed to foster democracy and free.

The 2012 budget includes an allocation of 215 million kronor ($30.7 million) to such efforts, up from 150 million kronor the year before, DN reports.

The funds are generally channeled through Swedish aid agency SIDA to train activists on encrypting their communications, among other programmes.

Bildt told DN he hopes the resolution will be presented at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva before the summer.

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17:29 June 15, 2012 by Just_Kidding
Even George Costanza would have made agreement on something more important.
19:51 June 15, 2012 by Rebel
Wow, so much evil in one picture. Hilary, Carl and Freddie.
20:25 June 15, 2012 by Just_Kidding
Actually seems like a good idea... I take back my statement.
20:25 June 15, 2012 by sgt_doom
Oh look, there's Hillary Clinton, who helped finance the overthrow of democratically-elected President Zelaya of Honduras, via her position as former chair of the Millennium Challenge Corp.

Oh look, there's Carl Bildt, of Lund Petroleum, involved with those mysterious massacres of the Sudanese who were conveniently living on those oil fields they wanted.

Oh look, there's that bald-headed guy with Madeleine Albright's firm (am I the only one who knows Albright is related to George Soros????).

Will Hillary party hardy when Wikileaks' Assange is kidnapped to America by RambObama? And will the same thing be done to him as they did to Padilla and Moussaoui (solitary confinement, extreme lockdown with sensory deprivation --- rendering them both incoherent)???

Bradley Manning is one touch guy --- he was subject to sleep deprivation for around 8 months --- I couldn't have lasted half that long.

He has my deepest respect and sympathy --- a real hero.
20:33 June 15, 2012 by Global Macro
Do they really think that people are that dumb and gullible? They have no intention of supporting freedom of speech or Internet freedom. This is a sham attempt to extend (more) government control over the Internet. More government suppression of freedom of expression, except for goons who support approved government views. All other views are labeled "hate speech" and banned.
22:34 June 15, 2012 by cogito
Ditto Global Macro (#5)

Yes, they do think that people are that dumb.

Be afraid. When Hillary (or any politician) and the U.N. talk about "internet freedom," it is code for exactly the opposite--internet control.
00:32 June 16, 2012 by Rebel
Voted for the Alliance last election. Will never make that mistake again. Sorry Christian Democrats, you hitched your buggy to something that I just can't support anymore.

PS: Who will opt out or vote against Reinfeldt if Sweden sends Assange to the USA?
00:35 June 16, 2012 by Svensksmith
Curly, Moe and Larry.
02:52 June 16, 2012 by HenryPollard
In related news, Josef Fritzl and Ian Huntley have announced an alliance to protect the welfare of children....
13:23 June 16, 2012 by Mr.Smith
What a joke!

"The two countries are currently working on a number of initiatives to support internet activists involved in pro-democracy movements around the world."

No where is there a mention of Julian Assange in this article or from this new "alliance".

pro-democracy = pro-american, anybody else are terrorists.
15:57 June 16, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
OK all smiles to discuss internet freedoms (which facilitates the identification of pro-USA elements within fractured nations, to know who to send the shoulder-lauched missiles to. Probably good in places like Syria, but questionable in some other locations).

But did the doors then close for a round of discussions on internet violations, where maybe Hillary produced an ultimatum to hand over Assange on a silver platter?
20:50 June 16, 2012 by Trace33
U.N. Hilliary....can't be a good thing !
11:27 June 17, 2012 by Finnish guy
What a hypocrites, we haven't forgotten Assange and the treatment Wikileaks has received.
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