EU Court rules on transparency of EU justice

EU Court rules on transparency of EU justice

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg today ruled in favour of the German civil liberties activist and pirate party member Patrick Breyer (Commission vs. Breyer, C-213/15 P):[1] It ordered the Commission to give the press and the public access to the pleadings exchanged in completed court proceedings. In the present case Breyer successfully demanded the Commission disclose Austrian pleadings concerning the non-transposition of […]

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How a Pirate Councillor Improves Transparency in Lleida

How a Pirate Councillor Improves Transparency in Lleida

Since last year, Pirates de Catalunya and Confederación Pirata have a pirate in Lleida council. Lleida is the capital city in one the four Catalonian provinces. The pirate Councillor works actively to improve transparency in the city council. During the last city elections, Pirates de Catalunya participated in several cities in collaboration with other parties or citizen groups. In Lleida, PPCAT participated with other parties in a […]

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Re-elections looming close as Iceland hits a political scandal

Re-elections looming close as Iceland hits a political scandal

The recent release of the #Panamapapers has already resulted in startling revelations spanning the globe. The “leak” reveals that several people, previously beyond suspicion (as well as those already subject to blacklisting and criminals), set up off-shore companies within more than 20 tax heavens worldwide. The Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, helped individuals set up off-shore companies and bank accounts in these tax heavens. Political […]

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Flattr Appreciation During Mar 2015 (7.41E)

Flattr Appreciation During Mar 2015 (7.41E)

Our flattr income is back to normal levels again after being below sustainable levels last month. Many thanks to the eight persons that have supported us during March. We’re planning sending one or two reporters to some events in the near future. Last month we also had a bitcoin donation on March 6th for 0.00938381 BTC = 1.93 Euros. Thanks anonymous benefactor! Flattr is a microdonation service that […]

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Flattr Appreciation During Jan/Feb 2015 (6.65E/2.44E)

Flattr Appreciation During Jan/Feb 2015 (6.65E/2.44E)

We have noticed a steady trend of declining support through flattr, especially compared to a year ago when there was a significant drop of support. Last month we received our lowest amount so far with 2.44 Euros from four unique supporters. This level is below our monthly cost for web hosting and would become a significant problem if it continued. We noticed that there has been […]

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Governments Covertly Fund Internet Freedom Activists

Governments Covertly Fund Internet Freedom Activists

In September of 2012, a nonprofit from the Netherlands, Hivos, announced that it was launching a new fund called the Digital Defenders Partnership (DDP). The governments of the Netherlands, US, and UK created this new fund to “promote, secure, and advance human rights online.” Although the Digital Defenders Partnership is public, many of its contracts remain secret. The governments of the US, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia […]

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Annie Machon — former MI5 agent who blew the whistle

Annie Machon — former MI5 agent who blew the whistle

Annie Machon is ex-MI5: “I was the person sitting behind a desk deciding who should be listened to.” Then she blew the whistle. This is a short summary of the keynote speech she held at the “Internet Days” conference. Annie Machon has a deep knowledge of how far the surveillance in MI5 can go and for her it was way too far. Machon also knows […]

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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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Spanish MP Gave Power to the People

Spanish MP Gave Power to the People

The roots of a democracy as it should be is giving the power to the people, and this was done recently by a Spanish Member of Parliament. Joan Baldovi, a Member of Parliament for the Greens (Compromís-Equo) was persuaded by members of a free software development group to use “agoravoting”,  an online voting system that is being used by the Pirate Party of Madrid, to directly ask  the […]

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Flattr Appreciation During August Euro 18.80

Flattr Appreciation During August Euro 18.80

In August 2013 we had 31 things flattred by 14 unique users. In total we were flattred 36 times last month and received Euro 18.80 in support for our work.

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