On 18 June 2013 a joint conference titled “Internet and Social Media as Tools of Freedom” was organized by MEPs Pawel Zalewski (EPP) and Amelia Andersdotter (Greens/EFA). The aim of the conference was to discuss the role of the Internet…
In his coming book “Swarmwise: The tactical manual to changing the world “, published serially on his website before its release in July (when it will become available to download from The Pirate Bay), Rick describes his experience of managing a swarm of people with the least possible bureaucracy and how they managed to attract, like bees, more than 225,000 voters to secure two Pirates in the European Parliament, Amelia Andersdotter and Christian Engstrom.
The European Parliament will be voting on a crucial dossier which details the conditions under which a European Political party may be registered and receive funding. Some amendments have been tabled, but the draft report risks ending up benefiting the mostly old, monolithic and not-very-united-across-borders political parties.
The European Commission is currently planning the next revision of IPRED, the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive. At the very least the directive is expected to carve the current copyright regime deeper into stone, thereby further preventing much needed reform.
On Thursday evening, 21 February 2013, European Pirates got a new way to connect with Brussels and the European Parliament. Swedish Pirate MEP Amelia Andersdotter and her capable team have set up a regular streaming service so that Pirates and of course, any interested person can watch live and ask questions.
It is becoming increasingly clear that one of the most effective ways to get the Pirate message across is by video. Pirat.cat Z was the most watched video of any in the recent elections in Catalonia. This was produced by talented Pirates for very little outlay.
The first of January is also known as “Public Domain Day”. Due to the expiration of copyright protection terms on works produced by authors who died several decades earlier, thousands of works enter the public domain on this date. Although we Pirates think the current terms of copyright protection are exuberant, it’s still worth taking a look a some of these old works that now become a freely available part of our shared world heritage.
The European Parliament has long been criticized for a lack of transparency, both in the drafting and decision making, as well as in the chances it leaves for citizens to understand how the parliament really works. In an attempt to increase the transparency, MEP Amelia Andersdotter from the Swedish Pirate Party has started a series of documentary webisodes, that recently started its second season.
In less than two years the Swedish Pirate Party has grown from a single-issue movement to an all-encompassing party with a growing political platform. All of this was achieved through a democratic process of crowdsourcing, mostly thanks to the party’s…