This is a segment of episode #190 of Last Born In The Wilderness “The Only Geek In Parliament: Dissent In The Age Of Mass Surveillance w/ Birgitta Jónsdóttir.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWbirgittaj
Brigitta contributed to the release of “Collateral Murder,” co-produced with WikiLeaks: https://youtu.be/zYTxuW2vmzk
In this segment of my interview with former Icelandic politician and anarchist Birgitta Jónsdóttir, we discuss some of the most historic and impactful political moments this past decade, including Julian Assange’s asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, the imprisonment and torture of whistleblower Chelsea Manning for her 2010 leak of the Iraq War Logs, and Edward Snowden’s monumental revelation into the pervasive surveillance state.
Brigitta’s activism has challenged the legitimacy of the rising global surveillance state and its corporate counterpart “surveillance capitalism,” has contributed to the unveiling of the true face of the so-called War on Terror around the globe, and has continuously defended the rights of whistleblowers (like Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Reality Winner, and more) within the context of upholding the freedom of press and human rights. I ask Birgitta to explain her anarchist principles and philosophy and how this has informed her activism and political career. I ask her to express her opinion on the severe crackdown by the U.S. and its allies on whistleblowing over the past decade, as well as the troubling trends we are seeing in the rise of powerful tech corporations and their influence on individual human behavior and societies at large (as exemplified in the practices of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and more). Our discussion is wide ranging, and these topics are just some of what we explore in this episode.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir is a Poetician and a former parliamentarian for the Civic Movement and Pirate Party in the Icelandic Parliament and chairman for IMMI (International Modern Media Institute). She has helped create two political movements since 2009, the Civic Movement and the Pirate Party 2013 — both parties have successfully entered the Icelandic Parliament. She specializes is 21st century lawmaking with a focus on direct democracy, freedom of expression, information and digital privacy. Birgitta is long time activist and was a WikiLeaks volunteer when the largest leak in human history was dropped into the digital black box of the organization by the courageous whistleblower Chelsea Manning. She played a crucial role in WikiLeaks release of the Collateral Murder video, released in 2010.