February 24, 2011

"Swede argues that the internet is but a medium and thus cannot be, in itself, a criminal activity"

Wall Street Journal 'Mr. Falkvinge, 39, now works as a party policy officer, or, as he puts it, “political evangelist.”' By John W. Miller

'Rick Falkvinge, the Swedish tech entrepreneur and former Microsoft Corp. employee who founded the controversial Pirate Party in 2006, is still spreading the gospel of unconditional internet freedom.

'He and his fellow travelers–-Mr. Falkvinge’s party polls around 5% in Sweden and there are now Pirate Parties all over the world–are looking prescient these days, with open online communication propelling people’s revolutions in the Arab world.

'Mr. Falkvinge, however, is far from satisfied. “Politicians in the West are talking the talk but they aren’t walking the walk,” he tells Real-Time Brussels during a conference organized by the Internet Society on online privacy in Frankfurt. “Why are people looking at us as a beacon of light?”'

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