Snowden, Greenwald, Appelbaum, WikiLeaks ‘Blacklisted’ From Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) On Internet OPENNESS AND FREEDOM

Snowden, Greenwald, Appelbaum, WikiLeaks ‘blacklisted’ from Stockholm Internet Forum (RT, May 27, 2014):

Key digital rights activists – including Edward Snowden and hacker Jacob Appelbaum – have been blacklisted from the Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) on internet openness and freedom. The move has caused a stir at the gathering and outraged Twitter users.

The third annual European meeting of internet activists kicked off in Sweden on May 26, with its main theme being “Internet– privacy, transparency, surveillance and control.”

But strangely enough, those whose names immediately spring to mind when it comes to the issue of surveillance are not allowed to attend the event.

Former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who revealed the NSA’s mass spying program, was not invited. Neither was journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story.

Hacker Jacob Appelbaum, who found German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone number in Snowden’s database, didn’t receive an invitation either.

The conference also failed to invite representatives of WikiLeaks, which repeatedly made headlines worldwide by leaking diplomatic cables.

Swedish Ambassador Olof Ehrenkrona acknowledged on Twitter that the ministry rejected .SE’s proposal to invite Snowden. “Not a boycott. We just did not invite him. Others not invited are not boycotted,” he tweeted, triggering a heated conversation which involved both Appelbaum and Petra Sorge (the author of the article on Cicero).

 

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