Iceland stands out among the countries of the world as one of the great open societies and a natural home for publishers. With a strong tradition of free speech and an admirable record of institutional integrity, the island nation was the destination of choice for Julian Assange’s orga nization, WikiLeaks, which hoped to expose corruption and promote business and corporate transparency throughout the world. Data privacy laws proposed by Iceland’s government are among the most powerful in the world. Businesses worldwide want to move their cloud data structures to Iceland, confident that its security system can resist National Security Agency–style spying. Despite such strong credentials, a balanced view of the country reveals certain flaws with respect to surveillance, security, and privacy. Like all advanced industrial ...

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