From “Paisios” to “Pastitsios” there’s a blasphemy

From “Paisios” to “Pastitsios” there’s a blasphemy

A 27 year old was arrested by Greek police on charges of blasphemy, because on his Facebook page he satirized a monk, well known as Elder Paisios, paraphrasing his name to Elder Pastitsios, referring to the famous Greek food “pastitsio”, macaroni pie with minced meat. Are there limits to freedom of expression? Is there censorship in satire?

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Neither left nor right – an essay on Pirate politics

Neither left nor right – an essay on Pirate politics

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his need” is one of the most well known Marxist slogans and it is also how Free and Open Source Software (FLOSS) is being used and produced.  Is FLOSS communist? In FLOSS you choose what you want to do and you do it your own way and you don’t need to ask anyone to let you […]

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The Pirate spirit detouring around politicians and stereotypes

The Pirate spirit detouring around politicians and stereotypes

“Greece, what is really happening?” was the subject of the meeting of German and Greek Pirates, just 2 days before the German Chancellor and the Greek Prime Minister met officially in Berlin. Detouring politicians and stereotypes the German and Greek Pirates, full of enthusiasm and curiosity gathered in Mumble, the Internet platform that hosts most of the Pirate Parties of the world, to talk about […]

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TrapWire – Big Business Brother Is Watching You

TrapWire – Big Business Brother Is Watching You

On 10 August 2012 operators of the notorious whisteblower site Wikileaks reported that they had been hit by a cyber attack. 10GB of data were supposedly fired at their servers in a pretty severe DDoS-attack. One reason for the attack could have been the publishing of a large number of files related to a project called „TrapWire“. The German online news portal “Spiegel Online“ reported […]

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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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