Here’s something cool. Google is attacking proposed Swedish wiretapping legislation.

“We have contacted Swedish authorities to give our view of the proposal and we have made it clear that we will never place any servers inside Sweden’s borders if the proposal goes through.”

Good thing someone outside the country is reacting!

I don’t know much about this issue, but I think Google may have misunderstood the situation. It may actually just be a question of how the Swedish authorities operate. Because all governments spy to some extent on their citizens. Only in Sweden and a few other countries are they idealistic and formalistic enough that they try to go public with activity like this and actually regulate it. If Stockholm had politico brothels like the ones making the news in Washington D.C., then they would be state-subsidised co-ops.

By the way, if a few more Dear Readers would punch the Technorati Favourite button to the left, then Aard would leave Afarensis in the dust. Mwahahaha!


  1. #1 anonymous
    May 30, 2007

    I’m glad we can count on Google to always look out for the rights and freedoms of (non-Chinese) people around the world.

  2. #2 windy
    May 31, 2007

    90% of Finnish outgoing traffic goes through Swedish internet servers, so Finns were not too excited about the proposal, either. Swedish defense minister Odenberg was asked about it on the Finnish news and said something to the effect of “Finns should already be used to being telemonitored”! WTF? 😉

  3. #3 Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD
    May 31, 2007

    Will Google ever place servers inside Swedish territory in Second Life?

  4. #4 Martin R
    May 31, 2007

    Wow, to build a simulation of a computer inside Second Life… A bit like this course a friend of mine took in the art of writing a C compiler — and they wrote it in Java!?!

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