Over 60 Pirates attended the annual meeting of the Pirate Party of the Netherlands on 25 November 2012. They elected members to their “Core Team” and although some positions remained vacant they developed a way to enable people who, although not gaining enough votes to gain a position, if they got a simple majority they could become reserve board members. They also reinvigorated the party’s commitment to the Uppsala Declaration and further strengthened the democratic principle with structure changes.
Last weekend, the Pirate Party of Germany held their second federal party convention of 2012 in the Ruhr city of Bochum, Northrhine Westphalia. Over 2000 registered Pirates from all over the country came to discuss and vote on motions for the party manifesto. The party’s working groups had improved upon the motion texts tirelessly for months – through late-night teleconferencing sessions via Mumble, the primary working mode of PPDE, as well as on several face-to-face meetings, like EuWiKon earlier this year. Compared to earlier Pirate conventions, the agenda was quickly agreed upon. After that, however, progress became increasingly slower.
A very good campaign that attracted the attention of people, which can be seen in their elections results as well as the greatly increased followers in social media, gave Pirates de Catalunya a rise to their electoral influence. In the early elections for local parliament held on Sunday, November 25, they got more than double of their previous percentage, 0,21% in 2010 increased to 0,49% in this election. This increase also meant that they nearly tripled the number of votes obtained, from 6.451 to 17.942. This result was achieved with the help of more than 150 candidates in all 4 regions.
Another electoral success for the Pirates, this time in Austria. In the local elections for the City of Graz , the second largest citiy in Austria PP-AT added another politician to the growing army of elected Pirates world wide. On 25.November 2012, with 2.7% of the vote the party entered the town hall for the first time with one seat. “We have arrived and we will stay”, said Philip Pacanda, the leading candidate for the Graz Pirates.
On Saturday 24 November 2012 Iceland Pirates voted the newest Pirate Party into existence.
PP-IS Pirate Eva Þuríðardóttir told the Pirate Times;
“We were all so excited finally the day was here, an Icelandic Pirate party the air was electric both figuratively and literally speaking, it has been such a joy and privilege to work with such a cohesive and a talented group of people, what characterises this group is how ready and willing everyone is to work together for future undertakings, we are just beginning.
The Pirate Times team is getting ready to report on a lot of Pirate activity this weekend 24-25 November 2012. Three national conferences, one election and the foundation of a new national Pirate Party.
Do you share videos, sounds, pictures or 3D models? If so, you probably had to create accounts for countless sites, one for each medium. Every single one of them is run by a different private company with its own agenda and onerous user agreements that you have to trust for keeping your files online. But don’t worry, this won’t last. The GNU project is working for safe, free and transparent content hosting. Its new baby is named MediaGoblin.
At a press conference today at 11:00 CET the Pirate Party Lower Saxony  released their election program, their election video spot as well as their poster campaign to the participants of the press conference. It was held at Kulturzentrum Faust e.V., and had about 60 guests in attendance, among them a lot of press representatives.
The United Kingdom Pirate Party had a good result in the recent by-election held on 15 November 2012 in the city of Manchester. The seat of Manchester Central was left vacant after the sitting Member of Parliament, Tony Lloyd of the Labour Party, resigned to become Police and Crime Commissioner for the city.
In the spirit of transparency here is our income report for September. We were flattred 125 times by 19 people and received €29.81 in support for our work. We are still working on stabilizing the writing for Pirate Times but will hopefully expand the work a bit in a month or two.