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Call for Papers for the 2nd Think Twice Conference in Turkey

After the success of  the first Think Twice Conference held in Frankfurt, Germany, where 37 speakers from 14 countries took part, Pirate Parties International are planning their second Conference in Istanbul, Turkey on 30 – 31th August 2014. The aim of the conference is to bring the Pirate Movement closer to NGOs and the academic world. In less than a decade the Pirate Party has grown from a small Swedish website to a movement that is global in nature. The importance of this cannot be underestimated. Many of the issues we are struggling with are global in nature just as the Internet and its impact is.

The copyright industry – the so called “copyright mafia” – has a global reach and “free trade” agreements like TPPA and TTIP which are currently being negotiated in secret across national boundaries.  What is more, we are made up of autonomous parties that are not controlled by some remote headquarters. PPI is a facilitating body not a governing body.

Getting the Pirate message to voters is something we can and are doing very well. However, we need to reach the opinion formers and get them thinking and talking about Pirate causes. We have talented speakers on the international conference circut. Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Rick Falkvinge and Smári McCarthy to name a few. But we need to get others, especially those who will be influence the next generation of decision makers, to see things from a Pirate point of view.

If you or someone you know should be a speaker at this event then please submit a paper or pass it on. If not then share this article widely and lets see speakers from across the globe.

 The official call for papers can be found here.


 Featured image: CC BY PPINT/ThinkTwice Conference

Andrew Reitemeyer

About Andrew Reitemeyer

I joined the Pirate Party of Lower Saxony in Germany in April 2012, once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. I joined the Pirate Times soon after it was started as a proof reader and am now an editor and author. Since then I have returned to my native New Zealand and joined the Pirate Party of New Zealand. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate Movement around the world. Skype: frithogar