Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Member of Icelandic Parliament, Chairperson of Pirate Party, Artist

Reykjavik, Iceland

A relentless devotee to the freedom of expression, Birgitta Jónsdóttir is as a member of the Icelandic Parliament and chairperson of the Pirate Party. Jónsdóttir has broken ground in the international battle against government secrecy and surveillance laws as Spokesperson for the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative and a former WikiLeaks volunteer. She is a supporter of whistleblowers Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and other cyber-activists and played a crucial role in WikiLeak’s release of the Collateral Murder, footage of a US military helicopter as it killed 12 people and wounded two children in 2007. She went to trial against the United States in 2011 to protect the privacy of social media accounts from government investigation. Despite participating in this controversial case, Jónsdóttir publicly voices her opinion on the importance of internet freedom and the power of transparency as a government official and regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper.