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Mr Björn Leví GUNNARSSON (Iceland, SOC)

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Pirate Party

Althingi - Parliament of Iceland
IS - 150 - Reykjavik

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2023 , 2022


In the political groups

  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group from 24/01/2022 to 28/03/2023

In the Assembly

  • from 24/01/2022 to 28/03/2023 Substitute - Iceland

In the committee(s) and sub-committee(s)

  • Alternate of Ms Thórhildur Sunna ÆVARSDÓTTIR (Full Member): Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (from 24/01/2022 to 28/03/2023)
  • Alternate of Ms Thórhildur Sunna ÆVARSDÓTTIR (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 24/01/2022 to 28/03/2023)


Last speeches

27/01/2023 | 11:29:17 Thank you. We need a strong network of academic experts who base their expertise on the values of the Council of Europe. We need academic freedom in the face of political pressure. In Iceland, we have a problem with this. Academic experts in governance are extremely reluctant to go on record and say that the Minister of Finance can't sell his father's shares of a nationalised bank during a closed bidding session. One of the reasons for that is recently this same Minister of Finance denied the... 27/01/2023 | 10:43:36 Lethal autonomous weapon systems. I will speak candidly here and quote the fictional character John Connor from The Terminator movies, "All my life my mother told me the storm was coming, Judgment Day, the beginning of the war between man and machines". Perhaps a bit dramatic but let us not follow fool ourselves, we are talking about terminator systems. RoboCop would also be a good reference but for the sake of brevity, let us call them "terminators". Make no mistake. The invention of this... 25/01/2023 | 12:31:09 Thank you. It is in trying times when human rights have the most value, and at the same time they are hardest to defend. The desire to protect public health with mass surveillance via contact tracing applications is understandable from the perspective of a practical person. This is an option that could possibly have a very big impact on public health. But it is in the face of these options that breach the right to a private life, a right that is so precious that we must ask ourselves what the...