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[liberationtech] Online activism as foreign aid in Sweden

Anders Sundman sundman.anders at gmail.com
Mon Feb 14 01:01:02 PST 2011


The Swedish government has announced it's intent to use 150 million
kronor ( ~ $23M) of its annual foreign aid as a one time support for
online activism and democratic development.

Press release (swedish): http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/14389/a/160879
Google-translated (english): http://tinyurl.com/6en559q

More information (swedish): http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/14190/a/159459
Google-translated (english): http://tinyurl.com/6af427c

The word "Nätaktivister" not properly translated, means online activists.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a couple of millions poured into
the Tor project.

It is interesting to note the irony in our current (market liberal,
value conservative, immigration hostile, privacy restricting and
generally unpleasant) governments eager attempts to "do good" and
promote free communication abroad while implementing surveillance
projects like the data retention directive domestically.

Anyways, if you know anyone in Sweden running a lib.tech-ish project.
Make sure they don't miss this opportunity.

Regards,
Anders



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