German Pirates prepare for European Elections 2014

German Pirates prepare for European Elections 2014

On Saturday and Sunday the Pirate Party of Germany will convene in Bochum, North-Rhine Westfalia for their last general assembly before the European elections in May. While the meeting will also allow a small amount of time for the completion of the election platform, the main focus will be on the election of candidates for the European Parliament. The threshold for German candidates to gain […]

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EuWiKon 2.0 – German Pirates push forward positions on Europe and the economy

EuWiKon 2.0 – German Pirates push forward positions on Europe and the economy

Last weekend, 9-10 March 2013, about 80 Pirates of the German Pirate Party met in Frankfurt, Hesse to do a follow-up on last year’s successful conference on European and Economic Policy (or “EuWiKon”, as the German acronym goes). Just like last time, the event was organised by Pirates from the party’s working groups (WG) Economics, Europe and Monetary System.

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EU copyright law – Pirates enable citizen participation

EU copyright law – Pirates enable citizen participation

The European Commission is currently planning the next revision of IPRED, the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive. At the very least the directive is expected to carve the current copyright regime deeper into stone, thereby further preventing much needed reform.

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New Draft Reveals OpenCleanIT Was Shortened

New Draft Reveals OpenCleanIT Was Shortened

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.

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Pirates open up CleanIT. But has it changed?

Pirates open up CleanIT. But has it changed?

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.

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German Pirates debate Europe, Economics and Eurocrisis

German Pirates debate Europe, Economics and Eurocrisis

On 29 and 30 September 2012, over 100 Pirates from the Pirate Party of Germany met to discuss Economic and European Policy at the Conference for Europe, Economics and Finance (or EuWiKon, as the German acronym goes) in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Inside the Clean-IT conflict

Inside the Clean-IT conflict

CleanIT is a project by several European governments and private stakeholders. The project officially aims to reduce the use (or abuse) of the internet by terrorists. The list of the CleanIT goals reads, on the surface, like it is motivated by the wish to protect children or otherwise easily influenced persons from exposure to terrorist content. This protection is motivated through a fear that these […]

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Who Votes For Pirates?

Who Votes For Pirates?

German study on voting behaviour gives insights on Pirates’ target demographic Who is likely to vote Pirate? Previously, there have been mostly educated guesses about the target demographic of the Pirates, tending to name young technology affiniados. A recent representative study, carried out by Prof. Elmar Brähler and Dr. Oliver Decker from the University of Leipzig [1], examined all political parties, including for the first […]

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The CETA IPR-Chapter Controversy

The CETA IPR-Chapter Controversy

When discussing the aftermath of ACTA, another acronym tends to pop up: CETA. CETA stands for ‘Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement’ and it is a bilateral international contract, in the making since 2008, between Canada and the European Union. These types of bilateral agreements, to foster trade and economic ties between the EU and other countries, are a rather typical thing in EU foreign relations. […]

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