Pirate Parties Stand with Catalan Pirates and People

Pirate Parties Stand with Catalan Pirates and People

Pirate Parties from around the world are uniting in condemning censorship by the Spanish government. Pirate Parties worldwide support Catalan Pirates against censorship We, the Pirate Parties and NGOs of the Pirate movement around the world, express our solidarity with the Catalan Pirates whose websites about the Referendum of Self Determination campaign and the use of Tor are currently being censored by the Spanish authorities. […]

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Tunisian Pirates Rule the Waves – An Interview with Slim Amamou

Tunisian Pirates Rule the Waves – An Interview with Slim Amamou

On 17 January 2011, Slim Amamou was appointed as the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports – essentially a deputy minister – in a caretaker Tunisian cabinet. The caretaker cabinet had been formed after Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who had been the brutal dictator of Tunisia since a coup d’etat in 1987, had fled the country. This was the result of weeks of […]

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Freedom of Speech: When Books are Burned… [Bokmässan]

Freedom of Speech: When Books are Burned… [Bokmässan]

‘Bokmässan’ (The book fair) is the largest cultural event in Sweden. With more than 3000 programme events there is plenty to cover. Pirate Times covered part of the conference together with another 1300 journalists present at the conference. ‘The book fair’ is primarily aimed at authors from around the world. It’s a meeting place for many discussions around current events, trends and visions for the […]

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Pirate Party Norway Goes Around Censorship

Pirate Party Norway Goes Around Censorship

The Norwegian Pirates are against censorship. Recently the Norwegian court ordered that Norwegian ISPs have to block seven file-sharing sites within two weeks. The sites that will be censored are The Pirate Bay, Extratorrent, Viooz, Primewire, Swefilmer, DreamfilmHD and Movie4k. This is something the Norwegian Pirates reacted harshly to and called “creeping censorship”. When the government started with “creeping censorship” the Norwegian Pirates decided to act […]

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Norway Blocks The Pirate Bay and Other Sites

Norway Blocks The Pirate Bay and Other Sites

Despite a ruling last year, by a Dutch court, that declared blocking The Pirate Bay to be ineffective, Norway decided to block The Pirate Bay yesterday. This ruling comes with less than two weeks before local elections in Norway. In a court decision yesterday the Norwegian Court decided to block seven file-sharing sites. The sites that will be blocked in Norway are The Pirate Bay, Extratorrent, Viooz, Primewire, Swefilmer, DreamfilmHD […]

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New Snowden Documentary Censored Online

New Snowden Documentary Censored Online

In January, a leaked copy of the film Citizenfour was posted online. Citizenfour details how Edward Snowden leaked NSA documents, which revealed a massive government surveillance program. Soon after the film appeared online, copies of the film started to disappear from various websites. Copies of Citizenfour or links to the film have been removed from VodLocker.com, UploadC.com, Torrentz.eu, Youtube, and other websites. From links to […]

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PPAU Translates Landmark Pirate Bay Case

PPAU Translates Landmark Pirate Bay Case

In late August 2014 I was working on a submission to the Australian Government’s Online Copyright Infringement discussion paper. The Government was canvassing new measures to “tackle” the “problem” of online copyright infringement, and this was one of many opportunities for the Pirate Party to provide evidence and argument to a public consultation. The key proposals were some sort of notification scheme for alleged infringements (speculated to […]

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The Turkish Government Goes Pirate: Further Censorship and Surveillance Mechanisms Coming

The Turkish Government Goes Pirate: Further Censorship and Surveillance Mechanisms Coming

Due to legal obstacles to prohibiting social-media sharing by political dissidents in Turkey, the government has a new strategy: to act as Internet pirates. Much different than the political pirate movement, Turkey will now try to hack into ISPs’ systems and surveil users’ browsing/sharing habits. With this aim, recently the Internet watchdog sent a “secret orders” memo to ISPs, to prepare the software infrastructure necessary […]

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Is Sweden Helping Turkey to Suppress Digital Freedoms?

Is Sweden Helping Turkey to Suppress Digital Freedoms?

Is the Gothenborg-based NetClean software as innocent as it is presented or is it used for silencing political dissent? Are Turkey’s notorious attempts to limit freedom of expression on the Internet adopting yet another powerful tool? This is the question that comes to mind when reading the news of the Swedish digital security company NetClean’s possible deal with the Turkish government. It was announced on […]

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Was the Stockholm Internet Forum More Than Nice Words?

Was the Stockholm Internet Forum More Than Nice Words?

In his ending keynote Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Sweden, had many nice words to say about the future for Internet Freedom and what ought to apply but the question is how much of those where just words. He mentioned how “freedom on and off the net is an absolute key value today” but deflected the question about the data retention directive through […]

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