The Pirate Times team is getting ready to report on a lot of Pirate activity this weekend 24-25 November 2012. Three national conferences, one election and the foundation of a new national Pirate Party.
Do you share videos, sounds, pictures or 3D models? If so, you probably had to create accounts for countless sites, one for each medium. Every single one of them is run by a different private company with its own agenda and onerous user agreements that you have to trust for keeping your files online. But don’t worry, this won’t last. The GNU project is working for safe, free and transparent content hosting. Its new baby is named MediaGoblin.
At a press conference today at 11:00 CET the Pirate Party Lower Saxony  released their election program, their election video spot as well as their poster campaign to the participants of the press conference. It was held at Kulturzentrum Faust e.V., and had about 60 guests in attendance, among them a lot of press representatives.
The United Kingdom Pirate Party had a good result in the recent by-election held on 15 November 2012 in the city of Manchester. The seat of Manchester Central was left vacant after the sitting Member of Parliament, Tony Lloyd of the Labour Party, resigned to become Police and Crime Commissioner for the city.
In the spirit of transparency here is our income report for September. We were flattred 125 times by 19 people and received €29.81 in support for our work. We are still working on stabilizing the writing for Pirate Times but will hopefully expand the work a bit in a month or two.
On the historic date of 5 November 2012, the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Slovenia officially confirmed that the Pirate Party of Slovenia is listed in the registry of Slovenian political parties. This was a last step in a long process of establishing a Pirate Party in Slovenia.
The Swedish Pirate Party finished their annual fall meeting Sunday, after over a month focusing on broadening the party platform. Among the approved motions were decriminalising narcotics for personal use, separation of church and state, and increased transparency in research.
Innovative decision-making processes have been introduced by Greek Pirates in their country. Last weekend in Athens’ Cultural Centre of Grava, well known for the student occupations of the 1990’s, they experienced a taste of direct democracy in the first congress of the Greek Pirate Party.