Court Case says that IP Addresses are Personal Data

Court Case says that IP Addresses are Personal Data

Patrick Breyer from the Pirate Party Germany sued the German government for logging all visits to government websites (Case C-582/14). He believes that there should be a right to surf the Internet anonymously if wished. Website owners track user activity on their sites for commercial reasons and to improve user experiences on the site but this data is also often disclosed to law enforcement agencies at […]

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Julia Reda Wins the Digital Agenda Category at the MEP Awards

Julia Reda Wins the Digital Agenda Category at the MEP Awards

The Parliament Magazine’s annual MEP (Members of European Parliament) Awards took place 16 March 2016. Briefly described it is an event designed to show appreciation for fellow MEPs. The event is sponsored by the business sector and hands out awards in 20 different categories where most of them have a dedicated sponsor (e.g. the Sport category was sponsored by Coca-Cola). How the MEP Awards work: […]

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EU Consultation on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

EU Consultation on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

The European Commission is currently holding a consultation to modernize the enforcement of Intellectual Property rights. They are looking for your input until 5 April 2016: In its Digital Single Market strategy the Commission committed to undertake a set of targeted actions which aim to foster the cross-border digital economy but also aim to ensure a safe online environment for business operators and consumers […] It will […]

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Internet as a Commons: Public Space in the Digital Age

Internet as a Commons: Public Space in the Digital Age

Today, 1 October 2015, the European Green Group, The Commons Network and the Heinrich Böll Foundation will arrange a conference about re-decentralizing and reclaiming the internet for all. The conference goes under the name ‘Internet as a Commons: Public Space in the Digital Age’. For those unable to participate in Brussels it will also be live-streamed 15-18.30 (GMT+1). INTRODUCTION The Internet as a whole has become […]

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Reda’s Report was Approved – A Turning Point for Copyright

Reda’s Report was Approved – A Turning Point for Copyright

The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament passed an amended version of Julia Reda’s copyright evaluation report on 17th June in Brussels. The committee’s non-legislative report, assessing the effects of the key piece of EU copyright law, was approved by 23 votes to 2. Julia – a member of the Frankfurt chapter of the German Pirate Party, president of the Young Pirates of Europe, […]

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Key TTIP vote postponed

Key TTIP vote postponed

An important vote on TTIP at the plenary session of the European Parliament, which was due to take place tomorrow morning (10 June 2015), has been delayed at the last minute. The reason offered is that there has been such a large number of amendments to the proposal that MEPs need more time to consider it. However, critics say that the postponement of the TTIP vote reflects just […]

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Trainee Position with Julia Reda in the European Parliament

Trainee Position with Julia Reda in the European Parliament

After the latest European Elections Julia Reda from the German ‘Piratenpartei’ (PPDE) was elected as an MEP for the period of 2014-2019. She is now looking to expand her staff with a trainee for a three to six month position starting from the beginning of September. The deadline for applying for the trainee position in the European Parliament is this coming Friday, August 15th. As a trainee you […]

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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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A POST-ELECTION DISCUSSION ABOUT THE “PLUS” AND “MINUS” OF A COALITION

A POST-ELECTION DISCUSSION ABOUT THE “PLUS” AND “MINUS” OF A COALITION

Was it worth it? That’s the question we asked Spyros Chrysanthopoulos, member of the Board of PP-GR, about the coalition with Ecologists Greens for the European elections. Well actually, as everything in life, a coalition has positive and negative points which we discussed for the following post-election article. Spyros, being himself a candidate MEP, was very much involved in the election campaign and was one […]

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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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