Last week the Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämnden) decided to grant me SEK 200 000 (roughly $30 000) for finishing TPB AFK. Since I’m in the middle of setting up the editing schedule in Denmark the money comes as a warm welcome. I’ll break down the budget transparently as soon as the financing work is finished.
Konstnärsnämnden is a government agency whose function is to support artists and to ‘compile information on the financial and social conditions of artists, in order to provide basic data for the government’.
If TPB AFK can send a signal to the Swedish government how an open internet can benefit independent artists’ financial conditions, maybe they’ll revaluate their schizophrenic internet policy. To me it’s incomprehensible how they praise internet activists that help spread democracy in the Middle East and at the same time oppose the same activists building an open internet in Sweden.