Smári McCarthy in 2012
|Member of the Althing|
Assumed office |
29 October 2016
7 February 1984|
|Political party||Pirate Party (2013-now)|
|Alma mater||University of Iceland|
|Occupation||Politician, innovator and information activist|
Smári McCarthy (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈsm̥aːrɪ mɪcˈçar̥ðɪ]; born 7 February 1984) is an Icelandic-Irish politician, innovator and information activist. He is known for his work relating to direct democracy, transparency, and privacy.
McCarthy was born in Reykjavík, Iceland, the son of Kolbrún Óskarsdóttir and Eugene McCarthy; his mother is Icelandic while his father is Irish. At age one, his family moved to England. At age 9, they returned to Iceland, settling in Vestmannaeyjar, a town and archipelago off the south coast. He studied mathematics at the University of Iceland, but left to get involved with the digital fabrication movement.
McCarthy got involved in the digital fabrication movement in 2007, and was involved in the creation of the first Icelandic fab lab in Vestmannaeyjar. He has worked with Fab Labs elsewhere, including Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
The same year, McCarthy proposed the Shadow Parliament Project, a project intending to "crowdsource democracy". In an essay outlining the project, he described what is now known as Liquid Democracy. The project launched Skuggaþing (Icelandic for "shadow parliament") in early 2010. In 2012 he started the wasa2il software project in order to address shortcomings with existing implementations of Liquid Democracy.
In 2009 he organized the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative along with various other media freedom and free speech activists, including Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Julian Assange and Rop Gonggrijp. In 2011 the International Modern Media Institute (IMMI) was formed around the initiative, with McCarthy serving as executive director. In 2013 he left that role, but still serves as a board member of IMMI.
In 2012, he co-founded the Icelandic Pirate Party, along with Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson, and various others. He stood as their lead candidate in Iceland's South Constituency in the 2013 parliamentary elections, but did not win a seat.
In the summer of 2013, McCarthy co-founded the free software project Mailpile along with Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson and Brennan Novak. The team successfully crowdfunded $163,192. McCarthy's role in the company is privacy and security. In 2014, McCarthy joined the editorial board of Scottish pro-independence newspaper Bella Caledonia. In 2016, McCarthy was elected as a Pirate Party (Iceland) member of the Althing.
He is currently the chief technologist of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project where he has helped design and code the Investigative Dashboard project.
Public speaking and activism
McCarthy has spoken at numerous conferences, such as Oekonux, FSCONS, Internet at Liberty and SHARE, as well as having lectured at various universities and summer schools. Common themes include direct or electronic democracy, press freedoms, a critique of industrialization as a centralizing force, and the culture of the Internet. More recently he has spoken about privacy in the context of state surveillance.
McCarthy is a supporter of the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, an organisation which campaigns for democratic reformation of the United Nations, and the creation of a more accountable international political system. He is also a signatory of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament's Parliamentary Pledge.
- Passing over Eisenhower
- Where States Go To Die: Military Artifacts, International Espionage And The End Of Liberal Democracy
- Cloud Computing: Centralization and Data Sovereignty, with Primavera de Filippi
- Mediating Democracy, in Redvolution: El poder del ciudadano conectado.
- Bergeron's Children, in Despatches from the Invisible Revolution, edited by Keith Kahn-Harris and Dougald Hine.
- Cloud Computing: Legal Issues in Centralized Architectures, with Primavera de Filippi, in Net Neutrality and other challenges for the future of the Internet
- The Future of Information Freedom, in The Future we Deserve, edited by Vinay Gupta
- The End of (artificial) Scarcity, in Free Beer, edited by Stian Rødven Eide
- Islands of Resilience, with Eleanor Saitta
- (in Icelandic) Smári McCarthy, on Heimaslóð. Heimaslod.is. Retrieved on 4 February 2016.
- Fab Lab Vestmannaeyjar. Fablab.is. Retrieved on 4 February 2016.
- Fab Lab Jalalabad Annual Report Archived 16 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine.. fablab.af
- "The Social Web and Civil Life". Searcher Magazine, 17.3, March 2009. Infotoday.com (6 November 2007). Retrieved on 2016-02-04.
- The Shadow Parliament Project (blog entry) Archived 2 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
- "IIS Windows Server". www.skuggathing.is.
- Wasa2il on Github. Github.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2016.
- Mediando la Democracia Archived 19 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine., article by Smári McCarthy on Empodera.org
- FSFÍ. Fsfi.is. Retrieved on 4 February 2016.
- Cohen, Noam (21 February 2010). "A Vision of Iceland as a Haven for Journalists" – via www.nytimes.com.
- IMMI Staff Archived 31 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
- Grapevine: MP To Form Pirate Party Archived 31 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Grapevine.is. Retrieved on 4 February 2016.
- Grapevine: You Have it All Wrong Archived 23 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. Grapevine.is. Retrieved on 4 February 2016.
- Píratakafteinar í suðurkjördæmi Archived 26 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
- Bella Caledonia á Twitter. Twitter.com. Retrieved on 4 February 2016.
- correspondent, Jon Henley European affairs (30 October 2016). "Iceland elections leave ruling centre-right party in driving seat" – via www.theguardian.com.
- Smari McCarty | SHARE Foundation. Shareconference.net. Retrieved on 4 February 2016.
- "Personal Web Page – Travel and Events". Archived from the original on 4 August 2012.
- Smári at Re:Publica. YouTube.com (16 May 2011). Retrieved on 2016-02-04.
- mmcetera (3 April 2012). "SKUP 2012 WikiLeaks Panel with Kristinn Hrafnsson, Annie Machon, Smári McCarthy" – via YouTube.
- March, Friday. (23 March 2012) Smári at Me Craft/You Industry Symposium. Dezeen.com. Retrieved on 2016-02-04.
- Smári at GoOpen. YouTube.com (7 August 2011). Retrieved on 2016-02-04.
- Engineering Our Way Out of Fascism. Smarimccarthy.is (28 May 2014). Retrieved on 2016-02-04.
- Where States Go To Die. C4ss.org (12 October 2013). Retrieved on 2016-02-04.
- Sewell, Anne. (5 June 2012) Assange 'The World Tomorrow' — guests targeted by the FBI. Digitaljournal.com. Retrieved on 2016-02-04.
- Smári McCarthy on IMDb
- "Statements". Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly. Retrieved 2017-09-26.
- ICAN Parliamentary Pledge, retrieved 2017-12-19
- Passing over Eisenhower. C4ss.org (18 July 2013). Retrieved on 2016-02-04.
- Despatches from the Invisible Revolution. Newpublicthinkers.org (23 February 2012). Retrieved on 2016-02-04.
- Islands of resilience
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