During the recent General Assembly of the national German Pirate Party in Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz in April 2013 the Pirate Times met Maru Tom and Chiaki Atsumi (Minci) from the Pirate Movement in Japan. With the technical help of our German language sister publication the Flaschenpost and especially Holger Burbach we are able to bring you an audio interview with them.
Are you a French citizen voting for 1st and 8th District outside France? Well if you are voting for the pirates there is a chance to give your support in the elections to candidates interested in more than getting a warm seat in the Assemblée Nationale.
Despite some facts that burdened the atmosphere of the general assembly, data and numbers show that PPI continues to inspire and attract Pirates worldwide. PPI accepted 14 new members, increasing the number of Pirate Parties in PPI to 42 countries . They also accepted a further six observer members, elected a new board and voted on some statute changes.
One of the areas that the Pirate Parties are trying to act on is the adjustment of politics to a new digital age. This can be achieved through adding more transparency to the governments, opening them up for more collaboration and use of data and turning the government into more of an eGovernment in order to both use more of the benefits brought by our digital age and protect us from its risks.
On 18 May 2013 the new Polish Pirate Party had its first General Assembly. The party was founded last year after the previous one was dissolved by a court order in 2009, the new party was created by many of the people involved in the first one and it is considered a second incarnation of the same party.
Last weekend local elections took place in Croatia and the Pirate Party had its first success.
A regular review of some things that happened in the previous week and a preview of some events coming in the week ahead. We are also trying out a new feature – a list of videos and podcasts that were published in the last week that are relevant to the World Pirate movement and are in English.
In April we had 35 things flattred by 15 unique users. In total we were flattred 76 times last month and received Euro 14.93 in support for our work.
During the month of March the Pirate movement grew by 7,011 followers on Facebook and 4,725 followers on Twitter. This brings the total amount of people following a Pirate Party on Facebook or Twitter to 712,480 people.
On the evening of Friday 17 May 2013 Marina Weisband introduced and read sections of her book “Wir Nennen es Politik” (We Call it Politics) with the subtitle “Ideas for a Contemporary Democracy” to an audience in an auditorium in Bremen, Germany.