Let’s take over Berlin! PPI GA, Elections and Turning 10!

Let’s take over Berlin! PPI GA, Elections and Turning 10!

If you have dreamed about an European summer tour this year might be the best possible moment for a pirate to discover Berlin and its attractions. Starting from summer, the annual meeting of Pirate Parties International will take place in Berlin, on 23rd and 24th July. Right after the conference, Berliners will have another exciting event stay tuned for: Pirates are running for the local elections. On […]

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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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Protest in Berlin Against Death of Free Speech

Protest in Berlin Against Death of Free Speech

Bruno Kramm, leader of the Berlin branch of the Pirate Party of Germany, was arrested last Friday. Kramm now faces prosecution under section 103 of the German criminal code for ‘insulting’ Turkish President, Recep Erdoğan. Despite the pending prosecution he is already preparing for his next protest. On 29 April 2016, Kramm will take part in a silent ‘Mahnmarsch’ (warning march) through Berlin’s Tiergarten to a demonstration outside […]

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Crucial state elections for the German Pirates

Crucial state elections for the German Pirates

The Pirate Party of Germany (PPDE) and the Pirate movement as a whole, will be experiencing the first of many election tests in 2016 and the coming year 2017. The first was in Hessen last Sunday 6 March 2016. In the municipal elections in the region of Hessen, PPDE made a good start and saw 16 Pirates elected in local councils, although the turn out […]

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German Pirates went to the European Court for Free Wi-Fi

German Pirates went to the European Court for Free Wi-Fi

In many countries around the world, it is just as easy to access a free Wi-Fi network in a public space as it is to order a cup of coffee. But in Germany, free wireless networks are in short supply. According to a study released earlier this month by eco, the Association of the German Internet Industry e. V., Germany has – from one million […]

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German Journalists Charged With Treason For Post-Snowden Documents

German Journalists Charged With Treason For Post-Snowden Documents

The last time journalists were charged for treason in Germany was the Spiegel affair in 1962. Yesterday the German news site netzpolitik.org (well known and respected for their work reporting on “net-politics”) received a letter from the Federal Attorney General of Germany about investigations of treason. The investigation concerns two of their reporters, Markus Beckedahl and Andre Meister, whom are both accused together with an […]

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Pirates Contesting Elections in Hamburg

Pirates Contesting Elections in Hamburg

The City of Hamburg in northern Germany is holding elections this weekend and the Hamburg Pirate Party is fully involved in a campaign to convince the citizens that voting Pirate is the  best way to ensure their rights as citizens are upheld and their privacy protected. They are fielding 49 list and electorate candidates and the election is being held on 15 February 2015. Hamburg […]

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The Munich Security Conference: Security after Snowden (24-25 Jan)

The Munich Security Conference: Security after Snowden (24-25 Jan)

Edward Snowden and his exposures is not discussed as much today as it was when revealed. However, the subject has not become any less important just because he’s not in the spotlight anymore. The Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place in Munich every year, at the end of January or at the beginning of February. The Flaschenpost was able to report on the last conference in January […]

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Results from PPDE State Elections (Saxony, Thüringen and Brandenburg)

Results from PPDE State Elections (Saxony, Thüringen and Brandenburg)

In the last few weeks the German states of Saxony, Thüringen and Brandenburg have held state elections. The result was dismal for the Pirate Parties who got only 1.1 – 1.5% of the votes. However they all still retain state funding which comes with an election result above 1%. With the slogan of “Aufmischen einmischen!” (stir up, meddle in) the 881 Pirates of Saxony fought […]

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Pirates Without Borders International Orga Weekend

Pirates Without Borders International Orga Weekend

Communication within and between Pirate Parties is essential for the continued work and growth of the movement. Pirates Without Borders is holding an Orgaweekend  that will address issues related to communication and decision making. This is very much in line with the organization’s aims The venue is in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and the weekend in question is  29 – 30 November 2014.  Registration ends […]

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