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Mattias Beijmo (b. 1974) is an analyst and strategist for Swedish and European non-profit organizations, and one of Sweden’s most frequently engaged lecturers in the field. He holds a Postgraduate Degree in International Relations at Freie Universität in Berlin. He has overseen several major change processes and development projects for public authorities as well as development agencies, and has also volunteered helping refugees in Greece and Turkey.
Mattias currently focuses on the intersection between globalisation and digital, with a special interest in the situation in the Mediterranean and its neighbouring countries.
In 2018, he wrote ”They Can’t Stop Us” – a non-fiction book on democracy, digital and the rise of a new, high-tech, arms industry. It also portrays the life of dissident and hacker Bassel Khartabil (aka Safadi) and other so-called ”hacktivists” who used technology to fight for freedom in Syria.
He is one of the writers behind, ”Boat 370 – Death on the Mediterranean”(Norstedts) – a book on the true story of the refugees in Boat 370 and the crimes that killed almost everyone onboard. It is also an overview over the EU’s and Turkey’s roles in the situation, and the cynical game still being played using people from conflict and persecution as pawns.
He is the founder of DUMA – a firm helping large non-profits and global corporations digitalize their operations since 1999.
He is a frequent public speaker, and have held hundreds of seminars and appearances during the last two decades.
They Can’t Stop Us (2018)
ORIGINAL TITLE: De kan inte stoppa oss
AUTHOR: Mattias Beijmo
ORIGINAL PUBLISHER: Volante, 240 pages
Damascus, 2010. Noura and Bassel meet as the dictator Bashar al-Assad has gone beyond the pale of reason in his suppression of dissidents and pursuit of war against his own people.
Noura is a human rights lawyer, fighting for political prisoners imprisoned by the regime without criminal charges or trial – an almost impossible task.
Bassel is an internationally acknowledged IT pioneer who has devoted his life to the liberating power of the internet – while increasingly aware of how the regime uses the internet to suppress and persecute its enemies. The result of this surveillance, more often than not, has become deadly.
They find one another in the common struggle for a democratic Syria. They find love in the midst of external circumstances which ought to make it impossible.
Help comes from an unexpected source. ‘They Can’t Stop Us’ tells the story of the young hacker community trying to protect them from the digital assault of the Assad regime.
There are also less than edifying portrayals of unscrupulous western companies exploiting the war in Syria for their own purposes. ‘They Can’t Stop Us’ is a book on what might be described as a new Western arms export industry, in which billions are at stake, and Syria the perfect testing ground for products being launched in the global market.
Writer Mattias Beijmo tells the true story of two people whose fates throw light on the surveillance that we take for granted on a daily basis without really understanding it. Backed up by thorough research and extensive interviews, he tells a story which in every instance proves that fact surpasses fiction. ‘They Can’t Stop Us’ is as gripping as it is enlightening, a book for all who can see a little camera watching them as they look up from the monitor, while reading this text.