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Sweden, 1984

Published: Thursday 2008-06-19.

So, then, “Lex Orwell”, the new surveillance law was voted through in parliament, which gives the Swedish National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) the right to watch all telecommunications and Internet traffic that passes the Swedish borders, no matter if there is any criminal suspicions or not, and no matter if it is covered by the constitutional right to freedom of speech, freedom of the press or freedom to talk to media. The Swedish right-wing has taken a step closer to a surveillance society in line with George Orwell’ Nineteen Eighty-Four. The Stoppa FRA-lagen (Stop the FRA law) web site has a bit more detailed information on what it is, exactly, that the members of parliament has decided upon.

The first thought that comes to mind is that I am happy to not live in Sweden at the moment. The next thought is that I feel sorry for everyone who still does. Then the thoughts about whether this will catch on comes, if our so called “open societies” are in jeopardy? Has the fear of terrorism made us suspect everyone, like in Jan Guillou’s The Enemy Within? Is it time to move my e-mail and web server out of Sweden so that I can avoid being watched over every time I write an e-mail or post in the blog?

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  • Datum: 2008-06-19 15.38.31 CEST
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
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I det här fallet är det väl så att vi besökare från svenska uppkopplingar slipper bli övervakade, medan du som är uppkopplad från utlandet blir misstänkliggjord. Om du flyttar sidan till en server i t.ex. Norge blir det tvärtom, bloggens besökare övervakas medan du går fri.

Visst ska man vara försiktig och inte naivt tro att tekniken kan komma att missbrukas, men jag vill tro att problemet är ett par magnituder alltför uppförstorat. Det är klart att i ett framtida krisläge är det lättare för t.ex. polisen att vända sig till FRA för utökad övervakning på andra sökbegrepp än som sker idag, men landet ska nog utsättas för en hel del otäckheter innan det blir meningsfullt att spåra oliktänkande, folk med konstiga intressen och läggningar som i sig inte utgör något hot (om man inte menar rent evolutionära hot).

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