The Pirate Bay blocked in France

The Pirate Bay blocked in France

On Thursday, 4 December 2014 the French ‘Tribunal de Grande Instance’ (TGI) in Paris issued a judgement ordering the four main French ISPs (namely Orange, SFR, Bouygues and Free) to block access to thepiratebay.se and about 80 proxies, redirects and mirrors. The decision should take effect on Christmas day and last for a year. This makes France the 11th country attempting to censor The Pirate […]

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Taiga: a New Project Tracker for Pirate Activities?

Taiga: a New Project Tracker for Pirate Activities?

In the ecosystem of Pirate activities, there are currently two big players in terms of project management: Redmine and Trello. Both answer to a specific need: Redmine allows detailed tracking of issues and integrates with common version control systems (VCS), (such as Git); Trello allow a quick overall view of independent tasks and their different stages. But a new cool kid has spawned from the […]

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The Swedish Pirates say no to the EUDemocrats

The Swedish Pirates say no to the EUDemocrats

During the latest PP-EU conference, held in Paris, the Swedish PiratPartiet delegate Mattias Bjärnemalm explained the state of the negotiations between PP-SE and the Eurosceptic EUDemocrats (EUD – Alliance for a Europe of Democracies) and invited the other Pirate Parties to address their concerns regarding this issue.

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PPEU: Progress in Paris

PPEU: Progress in Paris

During the first week-end of February, the Statutes Group of the PPEU project had a meeting in Paris. About thirty pirates from a dozen Pirate Parties were physically present, while others followed the debates remotely from Mumble.

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Network neutrality: a French ISP attacks advertising

Network neutrality: a French ISP attacks advertising

In a recent update to the firmware of its set-top box, the French ISP Free provides an add blocker. It is still in beta, but activated by default. By filtering advertisement without informing its users, it poses another threat to network neutrality. If this ad blocker is kept activated by default, the next step could be to make it mandatory, or to extend it to other contents and charge for its deactivation.

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Mediagoblin: Media hosting done right

Mediagoblin: Media hosting done right

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.

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A Program for the EU Pirates

A Program for the EU Pirates

The idea of a Pirate Party for Europe and the European Union has been underway for some time. And even though its organisation and agenda have yet to be determined, the work to create it has already been started. The main issue is, of course, the diversity of Pirate Parties in this geographical area and the coordination of their respective agendas. The next European Parliament […]

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