The Swedish Government is the owner of thepiratebay.se

The Swedish Government is the owner of thepiratebay.se

After a court-decision ThePirateBay.se and PirateBay.se has been forfeited to the Swedish government. This is the first time a domain name has been confiscated in Sweden on this level. There are no previous cases of states suing a registry for abetting criminal activity or breaching copyright law. The Swedish Prosecution Authority had filed a petition (pdf in Swedish) with the Stockholm District Court requesting the seizure of two […]

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Court Case says that IP Addresses are Personal Data

Court Case says that IP Addresses are Personal Data

Patrick Breyer from the Pirate Party Germany sued the German government for logging all visits to government websites (Case C-582/14). He believes that there should be a right to surf the Internet anonymously if wished. Website owners track user activity on their sites for commercial reasons and to improve user experiences on the site but this data is also often disclosed to law enforcement agencies at […]

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The Swarm 2.0 – A Simplified Tactical Change to the World

The Swarm 2.0 – A Simplified Tactical Change to the World

Rick Falkvinge, the founder of the first Pirate Party, wrote a book called Swarmwise that is filled with advice on how to start a movement and succeed in growing it. His book was a way for him to give a clear road-map of his experiences to follow when growing a movement. When asked about the most common mistakes that Pirate Parties do Rick Falkvinge answered: “Overdoing rules, regulations, and […]

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Swedish Pirate Party Elects its First Leader

Swedish Pirate Party Elects its First Leader

On Monday, 2 May 2016, a new Chairperson for the Swedish Pirate Party (PPSE) was elected. PPSE has been without a leader since the end of 2014. At the current General Assembly the members of the party decided to elect Magnus Andersson, from Gothenburg, to this position. The Swedish Pirate Party provided the seed for the Pirate Movement that later spread across the globe. The founder of the […]

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Press Freedom Declining Around the World

Press Freedom Declining Around the World

Every year Reporters Without Borders (RSF) compile an index of press freedom around the world. The index has been published since 2002 and measures the state of press freedom in 182 countries. It measures “the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country”. The data is compiled through a […]

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Choosing the Best VPN (Comparing +140 services)

Choosing the Best VPN (Comparing +140 services)

With the increase of surveillance the need for protecting your activity online becomes more urgent. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a direct encrypted connection with another computer in a different place/country. The communication between your two computers is encrypted and all your browsing will go first through that other computer. Thus it will hide your online activity and protect your integrity. There are many reasons to have […]

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A Wind of Change – Iceland, Brazil, UK, France, USA

A Wind of Change – Iceland, Brazil, UK, France, USA

During the past weeks, there has been a democratic wind blowing across the world. Several countries have taken to protest and direct action to demand more democracy. In Iceland the Prime Minister has left office, in Brazil the lower chamber voted to impeach the Prime Minister, and in the UK demands are being made for the Prime Minister to resign. Old politics is meeting a more connected and demanding […]

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Birgitta Jonsdottir and her Speech at the Inter-Parliamentary Union

Birgitta Jonsdottir and her Speech at the Inter-Parliamentary Union

Birgitta Jónsdóttir wrote a speech for the debate at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The Union “brings together parliamentarians to study international problems and make recommendations for action”. The IPU was formerly known as the Inter-Parliamentary Conference and has held 134 statutory assemblies and conferences between nations since 1889. The following speech was held by Birgitta at the latest assembly which took place in Lusaka, Zambia on the 19 […]

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Flattr and Bitcoin support for March 2016

Flattr and Bitcoin support for March 2016

Our support on Flattr has decreased to almost nothing. We received support from 8 persons who mostly gave recurring flattr clicks. Thanks for your continued support! On Bitcoin we received one donation on April 7th for 1.42 Bitcoins (539 Euro), THANKS. In March 2016 we had 8 things flattred by 8 unique users. In total we were flattred 13 times and received 3.18 Euro in support for our work. Flattr is a microdonation service […]

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Icelandic Status Quo: Out With the Old, In With the Old

Icelandic Status Quo: Out With the Old, In With the Old

The Schrödinger’s PM is out of the box. He is apparently alive and in good spirit. A new PM has been sworn into office. In fact, nothing has changed in Iceland! Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson announced that he stepped down from his post as Prime Minister but will remain as the Chairman of the Progressive Party and still sit in the Parliament as a normal MP. […]

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