Annie Machon — former MI5 agent who blew the whistle

Annie Machon — former MI5 agent who blew the whistle

Annie Machon is ex-MI5: “I was the person sitting behind a desk deciding who should be listened to.” Then she blew the whistle. This is a short summary of the keynote speech she held at the “Internet Days” conference. Annie Machon has a deep knowledge of how far the surveillance in MI5 can go and for her it was way too far. Machon also knows […]

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Harper Reed — CTO for Obama’s Presidential Campaign 2012

Harper Reed — CTO for Obama’s Presidential Campaign 2012

The Chief Technical Officer for Obama’s presidential campaign in 2012 is an early innovator and made use of crowdsourcing before it was even a concept. His energy and enthusiasm was appreciated by the audience at the Internet Days — even though he was talking a lot about how the Obama campaign made use of “private information” in an integrity-defying manner. This is a short summary of the keynote […]

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The Munich Security Conference: Security after Snowden (24-25 Jan)

The Munich Security Conference: Security after Snowden (24-25 Jan)

Edward Snowden and his exposures is not discussed as much today as it was when revealed. However, the subject has not become any less important just because he’s not in the spotlight anymore. The Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place in Munich every year, at the end of January or at the beginning of February. The Flaschenpost was able to report on the last conference in January […]

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Keynotes, Fight for the Internet and Open Data (The Internet Days 1/2)

Keynotes, Fight for the Internet and Open Data (The Internet Days 1/2)

“Internetdagarna” (The Internet Days) is one of the most important Swedish conferences for individuals who work with the Internet in various ways. The Pirate Times attended to give you some more insight. It took place 24-25 November 2014  in Stockholm and featured keynote speakers such as Cory Doctorow, Emily Parker, Annie Machon, Harper Reed and the Swedish IT minister, Mehmet Kaplan. At the Internet Days, people who shape […]

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Think Twice 2 – A Conference to Bring Academics into Politics

Think Twice 2 – A Conference to Bring Academics into Politics

This past weekend the second Think Twice conference took place in Istanbul. The Think Twice conferences are organised to build bridges between Pirates, academics and NGOs. The first was held in Frankfurt am Main earlier this year. The program for the conference was made up of thirteen speakers from around the world. Pirates will recognize many of the speakers as being from their own ranks. Names […]

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

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 […]

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Was the Stockholm Internet Forum More Than Nice Words?

Was the Stockholm Internet Forum More Than Nice Words?

In his ending keynote Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Sweden, had many nice words to say about the future for Internet Freedom and what ought to apply but the question is how much of those where just words. He mentioned how “freedom on and off the net is an absolute key value today” but deflected the question about the data retention directive through […]

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#SIF14 Conference, How Important is Internet Freedom?

#SIF14 Conference, How Important is Internet Freedom?

Stockholm Internet Forum 2014 (SIF14) “aims to deepen the discussions on how freedom and openness on the Internet promote economic and social development worldwide”. This was the third time that the Stockholm Internet Forum was organized by The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, .SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) and The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The conference promotes ‘Internet Freedom’ and this year they […]

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General Assembly in Paris – Drones, Fees and a New PPI Board

General Assembly in Paris – Drones, Fees and a New PPI Board

The General Assembly of the Pirate Party International (PPI) took place on 13 April 2014 in Paris. During this event a few great ideas came up, a new board was elected and a membership fee has been implemented. There were 22 PPI members present at the GA from the beginning of the conference, some of them remotely through “drones” (appointed persons at the GA staying […]

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European Pirates Have a Board With Amelia at Head

European Pirates Have a Board With Amelia at Head

On 20-21 March 2014 nearly 400 Pirates gathered in the European Parliament in Brussels. Their goal was to create ‘The European Pirate Party” (PPEU) and bond together closer. People came from all over Europe and 34 speakers were booked for the following Internet Governance and Beyond conference which took place just after the founding of PPEU. Swedish Pirate MEP Amelia Andersdotter was unanimously elected, by the delegates […]

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