PPI Board Responds to PPAU Membership Termination
The Board of Pirate Parties International (PPI) regrets the decision of the National Council of Pirate Party of Australia (PPAU) to terminate its membership with PPI. We wish the Pirates in Australia growth and success in the upcoming elections.
We want to take this opportunity to deliver a slight different view about the facts. The resignation of PPAU is a decision of one particular member party, who has repeatedly expressed their disconcert in the course of the past years, but is not a symptom for general failing of the pirate movement or the PPI as an organization.
PPI have managed to produce a number of astonishing results, given the fact that it had to operate on zero budget and with very little internal support since its foundation. We have organized four international gatherings with a total over 400 attendees that had, besides of handling the official business, given space for international collaboration and fostering numerous new projects. 2014 two academic conferences named “ThinkTwice” where conducted (in Frankfurt and Istanbul), the proceedings have been published in an open access journal (pdf). PPI has participated with consultations at UNESCO and WTO events, our paper with the call for inclusion of free licenses into the TRIPS agreement has been published at the WTO website (pdf). This count goes on and on.
We have always tried to include all of our members, especially the non-european, into all of our business. We have issued an open call for hosts for all of our events, we consider international time zones for our online meetings, we have asked for resources and help on countless occasions. The response however was always behind our expectations. We never saw an application from outside Europe, and this includes Australia, for hosting any of our events. Nor have our calls for resources ever been forwarded to the internal mailing lists of several members.
The conflict about the right structure and the goal for the international umbrella organization of pirate parties is actually older then the founding of PPI itself (April 2010). There has always been a group of people who only wished for a simple organisation that is merely focused to provide a communication platform for various pirate parties worldwide.
Opposed to that – the vast majority (over two thirds) of the parties that where founding the PPI decided that the organization should also follow a political agenda and become a global player on the parquet of international politics, advocating for ideas shared by pirate parties at various UN bodies (like WIPO and WTO) and create cooperations with other international NGOs. According to the founding documents that was also the position of PPAU back then.
Finally it is to note, that the need to join forces in an international organization to pursue common goals at the international parquet is having different levels of urgency among the established Pirate Parties and those who are yet struggling to establish effective internal structures and to achieve first notable election success. Joining forces will be more effective and helpful for the organisation and will help the whole movement in pursuing the political changes and following our shared common goals.