On the historic date of 5 November 2012, the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Slovenia officially confirmed that the Pirate Party of Slovenia is listed in the registry of Slovenian political parties. This was a last step in a long process of establishing a Pirate Party in Slovenia.
The Swedish Pirate Party finished their annual fall meeting Sunday, after over a month focusing on broadening the party platform. Among the approved motions were decriminalising narcotics for personal use, separation of church and state, and increased transparency in research.
Innovative decision-making processes have been introduced by Greek Pirates in their country. Last weekend in Athens’ Cultural Centre of Grava, well known for the student occupations of the 1990’s, they experienced a taste of direct democracy in the first congress of the Greek Pirate Party.
“The French Pirate party (1000 members) held a rather disciplined but very emotional internal revolution at the meeting. The ‘line of command’ was too pyramidical according to the opinions of the members. Several regions in France, far from Paris and representing a large proportion of the French Pirates, felt they were being left out of ‘the decision-making’.
Prosecutor recently ordered the arrest of Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis for publicising a list with the names of Greek depositors in Swiss banks. The famous “Lagarde List” includes 2,059 names of Greek depositors in the HSBC bank in Switzerland. The “Lagarde List” was published recently in a special issue of the magazine “Hot Doc” but despite this two governments still deny its existence.
Bildombudsmannen is well known in Swedish Pirate circles for contacting websites concerning copyright infringment, and threatening to sue them if they don’t pay an invoice. Recently they targeted a blog editor, but this time with a tactic not previously known – using the editor’s membership in the Swedish Pirate Party as evidence of guilt.
During the past 1.5 months the pirate movement has grown with 38 833 followers on Facebook and 5 847 followers on Twitter. This brings the total amount of people following a pirate party on Facebook or twitter to 587 852 people.
This is an update to yesterday’s article, which analysed the draft CleanIT document published and opened for comment by the OpenCleanIT platform. Another draft of the CleanIT document has been published (version 0.77 dated October 30, whereas the previously discussed document was version 0.762, dated October 24). It seems as if the version published on the OpenCleanIT platform was severely shortened.
CleanIT is a public-private partnership project by several European governments, internet industry firms, and NGOs that has been subject to strong criticism. Opponents fear CleanIT endangers civil rights and internet freedom, while keeping their work hidden from public oversight. This secrecy has now been reduced.
The Violentacrez affair made it all too visible how much horrible and filthy content there is freely available over the internet. There is no question that we need to protect our children from exposure to that trash, but does that mean that we should accept just about any means to stop it?