Meet Birgitta Jónsdóttir: the Ex-Wikileaks Volunteer Who Has Helped the Pirate Party Reshape Iceland

In Iceland, the direct democracy Pirate Party made big gains in Sunday’s national elections, raising the prospect it will form a coalition government with other left-wing parties. The Pirates won 10 seats in Iceland’s 63-member Parliament, up from three in the last election. The Pirate Party hopes to pass the world’s first crowdsourced constitution. Its core platform calls for direct democracy, freedom of expression, civil rights, net neutrality and transparency. The Pirates saw their popularity surge in April, after Iceland’s prime minister resigned following revelations he and his wife used an offshore company to conceal millions of dollars’ worth of investments. Women also won big in this weekend’s elections, taking 30 seats in Iceland’s Parliament—more than any single party. With... read more
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Meet Birgitta Jónsdóttir: the Ex-Wikileaks Volunteer Who Has Helped the Pirate Party Reshape Iceland