Since May, the big issue in the Swedish blogosphere has been the wiretapping legacy (FRA-lagen), that was passed by the Swedish pariament at 9.21 PM on June 18th, 2008. This was right before the parliament takes it’s summer break, and the law was actually passed during the first Swedish match in this summer’s footbal world championships. Still, the next morning, wiretapping was the subject on the vast marjority of Swedish blogs. This tuesday, the 16th of September, the parliament gathered again, and as the members of parliament gathered they where reminded of their decission from June. The debate never died, and is bigger than ever, even though the government has done just about everything to avoid the issue.
This film explains what’s going on. It’s over 20 minutes long, but well worth viewing:
Unfortunately, very few Swedish bloggers seem to write about the wiretapping legacy in English, and there is very few English news articles about it as well. I’ve found a few here and will be happy to list any more if you add a link to them using the comment feature below.
- Patrik Fältström: Sweden Wiretap Bill
- Somebody who’s mad as all hell
- My own attempt from June 16
- IT & politics: Swedish wiretapping war
- Sweden’s Wiretapping Law Heads to the European Court of Human Rights
- ENDitorial: Wiretapping – The Swedish Way
- FRA and the end of the world as we know it
- The Register: World+dog ignores Sweden’s Draconian wiretap bill
- BBC: Sweden approves wiretapping law
- PC World: The Pirate Bay Moves to Counter Swedish Wiretapping Law