Brussels Calling: A Significant Moment in the History of Pirate Movement

Brussels Calling: A Significant Moment in the History of Pirate Movement

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The Largest International Conference in Pirate History will be held this week in Brussels! More than 300 Pirates from 22 countries, even a few from outside Europe, have registered for the founding of the European Pirate Party (PPEU). The founding will take place at the “European Internet Governance and Beyond” Conference in the European Parliament, at the heart of Europe. A historic and symbolic event, as European Pirates are getting prepared for the battle of the Euroelections. 

On Friday, 21 March 2014, Pirates from all over Europe will attend the conference and the founding of PPEU. Pirates from Czech Republic, Sweden, Germany, Norway, France, Greece, Iceland, Belgium, Romania, England, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Finland, Poland, Estonia, Luxembourg, Austria, Slovenia and also Australia will be boarding the European Parliament. Brussels will be filled with Pirates from all over Europe.

The programme of the day starts with the founding of the PPEU (11:00 to 12:30), where the first ever Board of PPEU is going to be elected. According to the Statutes of PPEU the Pirates will elect 1 Chairperson, 2 Vice-Chairpersons, 1 Treasurer and 5 Members of the Board. The voting will be done by the Delegates of Pirate Parties and will not be a secret vote. Many Pirates have invested a lot of work in most of the processes from the start of the “PPEU project” and are therefore also eager to candidate for the Board. All candidates can be found here (editors note: this wiki list is not officially supported by PPEU and may contain inaccuracies).

The Conference “European Internet Governance and Beyondis organized by the Office of MEP Amelia Andersdotter, as a meeting dedicated to current issues of Internet Governance, such as net neutrality, copyright reform, freedom of expression. The Conference aims to answer questions like “How to stop the ongoing cyberwar?” as well as other issues that are harming our society, economy and capabilities to have a creative and progressive world. The speakers at the Conference will represent various sectors of civil society where the Internet is part of their work and that are interested in promotion of significant change in society.

“The Future of Data Protection”,  “Progress of the European copyright reform”,  “Protecting net neutrality in a polarized world”, “The Future of Internet Governance”,  “Civil liberties online”,  “Free and open source software”,  “Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)”,  “Cyber war vs. net peace” are some of the panels booked in up to now.  Among many others speakers of the Conference, Jacob Appelbaum, an independent computer security researcher and hacker, known for representing Wikileaks.

The day before the Conference starts, on Thursday 20 March, an opening speech by MEP Amelia Andersdotter, keynotes by the founder of the Pirate movement Rick Falkvinge, and PPDE’s candidates MEP Julia Reda and Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

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Stathis Leivaditis

About Stathis Leivaditis

The English “pirate” is derived from the Greek word “πειρατής” (peiratēs) and this in turn from the verb “πειράομαι” (peiráomai), “I attempt”, which is a derivative of the noun “πείρα” (peîra), “experience”. Coming from the depths of the centuries, the word “pirate” took on another dimension in our days. The ruling classes saw pirates as rebels and hated them. Rebels without a state, they were not submissive to any law, except from the laws they instituted themselves, improvising together. This is the feeling of a Pirate: when something doesn’t work, you have to attempt to bring a new concept. Sometimes it goes beyond a certain point and perhaps exceeds certain limits, because it is an expression of challenge; the challenge to change the system. I’m a member of the Board (and former chairman) of Pirate Party of Greece, also a member of press team of PPGR, former journalist, now a free lancer. I'm in the team of Pirate Times from the start, I joined voluntarily and consciously because I am interested to meet pirates from around the world, to exchange views and spread the pirate spirit.

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