Everything is ready on our side and the plane could take off tomorrow…Now we are only awaiting a response from the [Icelandic] government.Wikileaks-allied businessman Olafur Sigurvinsson, on efforts to obtain political asylum for Edward Snowden. Apparently, Julian Assange and Sigurvinsson have contracted a plane to take Snowden from Hong Kong to Iceland. An Icelandic official confirmed that the country has had “informal talks” with a Snowden intermediary about the possibility of his asylum, but it’s uncertain if it will actually grant it to him. While the country has a reputation for housing whistleblowers and journalists, some suspect that the newly-formed conservative coalition in the government may not feel as bound by this tradition as its predecessors. source
goatsfolyfe says: Hi, I am going to be in Iceland for a day in July, and was wondering if, since you had recently an excursion there, you would have suggestions of a good way to spend one day in Iceland?
» SFB says: Stay in Reykjavik. It’s perfectly sized for a day visit and gives you enough flavor for the country that you won’t feel like you shortchanged yourself by not leaving the city. Mt. Esja is in the distance. Nearly everyone speaks English fluently, so you won’t feel completely lost if you don’t know Icelandic and just want to spend the day walking through the shops. (One thing you’ll notice: There are very few international retail chains. The only one I can recall is KFC/Taco Bell. No Starbucks or McDonald’s, which might weird you out for a second. But really, it’s refreshing.) There’s a church tower in the city, Hallgrímskirkja, that has an amazing view if you pay the 600 Icelandic Krona to go up to the top. And there’s a pretty cool walking tour that’s totally free and doesn’t take too long. (If you’re not a city person, I hear the Blue Lagoon is pretty rad too.) — Ernie @ SFB
We have so many experts from educationalists to the police and those who work with children behind this, that this has become much broader than party politics. At the moment, we are looking at the best technical ways to achieve this. But surely if we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the Internet.Halla Gunnarsdottir, adviser to Icelandic interior minister Ogmundur Jonasson • Discussing Jonasson’s proposal to ban online porn in the country, arguing from the angle that it would lower violent crime. While some sites are writing about this as if it has a chance of actually going through, an actual Icelandic politician with internet-related chops, Wikileaks spokesperson and Icelandic Parliament member Birgitta Jonsdottir, calls Gunnarsdottir’s stance “unaware how the internet works” and says “the possibility that this bill will pass through the parliament is near zero.”