Pirate Party of Austria – The First Ten Years

Pirate Party of Austria – The First Ten Years

This is a guest post by Sylvester Heller Editors note: The author has been excluded from the Pirate Party Austria. This article reflects solely his opinion and not that of PPAT Austrian pirates were not the first to establish their political party, of course, but they were one of the first to follow Rick Falkvinge’s example. Today, Austrian pirates celebrate their tenth anniversary – a welcome […]

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Sunstone, Pirate Shops and Fundraising (PPI)

Sunstone, Pirate Shops and Fundraising (PPI)

Pirate Parties International have their board meetings every two weeks. We summarize and  bring you the highlights of the meetings. Sunstone The Sunstone project, which is to set up as a Pirate Think Tank, has appointed Jelena Jovanovic to lead the fund-raising campaign and run the social media. The project can be found on www.piratethinktank.net and social media (Facebook and Twitter). Pirate Shop Collaboration PPI is exploring […]

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New Brazilian Law Strips Citizen’s Rights

New Brazilian Law Strips Citizen’s Rights

Marco Civil da Internet: Don’t Believe the Hype In 2012 a general director of Google was arrested in Brazil. Since then, this big corporation has invested millions of dollars in lobbying the Brazilian congress, political, academic institutions (like FGV, the Getúlio Vargas Foundation) and activist collectives influence the political process and laws for their benefit. Approved in 2014, the “Marco Civil da Internet” (Brazilian Civil […]

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Analogue Stress and Social Media Strategies (The Internet Days 2/2)

Analogue Stress and Social Media Strategies (The Internet Days 2/2)

The second day of The Internet Days conference brought interesting keynotes by Harper Reed and Annie Machon. The conference gathered many of the people in Sweden working with IT in Sweden. The Pirate Times was there to listen in on some of the sessions. The Swedish political party Feministiskt Initiativ – FI (Feminist Initiative) described how they used social media effectively during the last election campaign.  Creating positive […]

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New Zealand’s Election Results

New Zealand’s Election Results

For many in New Zealand and overseas the Internet Party was the “stand-in” for the ailing Pirate Party of New Zealand. It shared many policies with the international Pirate Movement in the areas of human rights, whistle-blower protection, net politics, copyright reform, privacy, transparency, surveillance and others. Early in the campaign, with its alliance partner Mana, they were polling well at 3–4% and were expected […]

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Internet Governance Forum Through Livestream 2-5 September

Internet Governance Forum Through Livestream 2-5 September

The ninth Internet Governance Forum (IGF) started Tuesday in Istanbul, Turkey and will last until the 5th of September. The aim of this year is to “Connect Continents for Enhanced Multistakeholder Internet Governance”. The opening session in the main hall showed a disproportionate amount of male politicians talking about the buzzword of multistakeholders, which seems to indicate that marginalized stakeholders still won´t have a proper voice […]

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Why Julia Reda Supported Juncker for EU Commission President

Why Julia Reda Supported Juncker for EU Commission President

In her latest blog post, Pirate MEP Julia Reda declared that she voted for the conservative Jean-Claude Juncker in the recent election held on 15 July 2014. Her reasons were partly tactical and partly political. Tactical: The European Parliament had fought hard for the right to have input into the nomination process and voting for Juncker was a way to cement that right especially in […]

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What Pirates are Saying about the EU Election Results

What Pirates are Saying about the EU Election Results

 It is nearly two weeks since the elections in Europe saw a surge of voting for the far right and our own representation reduced from two to one. Some notable Pirates gave their reactions to the European Election 2014 results. Christian Engstrom With 2.2% of the votes, we lost both our seats in the European Parliament. It’s a huge disappointment, of course. Both I and […]

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Jimmy Wales Advises Pirates to Change their Name to “Internet Party”

Jimmy Wales Advises Pirates to Change their Name to “Internet Party”

Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales urged Pirate Parties around the world to change their names in a tweet

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What the Pirate MEPs Have Accomplished in the European Parliament

What the Pirate MEPs Have Accomplished in the European Parliament

“we are very proud of what we have managed to accomplish in Brussels with the help of [our] strategy, this despite us only having 2 mandates of approximately 750, which is approximately 0.27% of the votes in the EU-parliament” – Christian Engström, MEP for the Swedish Pirate Party in the European Parliament In the last EU elections, held in 2009, the Swedish Pirate Party managed […]

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