International Day of Action Against DRM – May 3rd

International Day of Action Against DRM – May 3rd

On Tuesday 3 May 2016, the world comes together to say “No!” to Digital Restrictions Management DefectivebyDesign.org is calling for a global day of action on 3 May to protest against DRM. Who are DefectivebyDesign.org? DefectivebyDesign.org is an international, participatory and grassroots campaign which unites a wide range of projects, public interest organisations, web sites and individuals in exposing DRM-encumbered devices and media for what they […]

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Press Freedom Declining Around the World

Press Freedom Declining Around the World

Every year Reporters Without Borders (RSF) compile an index of press freedom around the world. The index has been published since 2002 and measures the state of press freedom in 182 countries. It measures “the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country”. The data is compiled through a […]

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Choosing the Best VPN (Comparing +140 services)

Choosing the Best VPN (Comparing +140 services)

With the increase of surveillance the need for protecting your activity online becomes more urgent. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a direct encrypted connection with another computer in a different place/country. The communication between your two computers is encrypted and all your browsing will go first through that other computer. Thus it will hide your online activity and protect your integrity. There are many reasons to have […]

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Interview with the Director of the International Modern Media Initiative

Interview with the Director of the International Modern Media Initiative

The Pirate Times connected with Guðjón Idir in Iceland to ask some questions about the International Modern Media Institute that is running a crowd funding campaign. Its aim is to form Iceland and other nations into a “Switzerland of Bits.” Guðjón Idir became IMMI’s Executive Director in January 2014. His background is in philosophy, psychology and activism. He has a passion for information freedom, human rights […]

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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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Ένας Άνεμος Αλλαγής – Ισλανδία, Βραζιλία, Βρετανία, Γαλλία, ΗΠΑ

Ένας Άνεμος Αλλαγής – Ισλανδία, Βραζιλία, Βρετανία, Γαλλία, ΗΠΑ

Κατά τη διάρκεια των τελευταίων εβδομάδων, υπήρξε ένας δημοκρατικός άνεμος που ξεκίνησε να φυσάει σε όλο τον κόσμο. Αρκετές χώρες ξεκίνησαν για να διαμαρτυρηθούν και έλαβαν άμεση δράση για να απαιτήσουν περισσότερη δημοκρατία. Στην Ισλανδία ο πρωθυπουργός παραιτήθηκε από το αξίωμά του, στη Βραζιλία η Κάτω Βουλή (Chamber of Deputies) ψήφισε υπέρ της παραπομπής της Προέδρου της χώρας και στο Ηνωμένο Βασίλειο έχουν γίνει εκκλήσεις […]

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A Wind of Change – Iceland, Brazil, UK, France, USA

A Wind of Change – Iceland, Brazil, UK, France, USA

During the past weeks, there has been a democratic wind blowing across the world. Several countries have taken to protest and direct action to demand more democracy. In Iceland the Prime Minister has left office, in Brazil the lower chamber voted to impeach the Prime Minister, and in the UK demands are being made for the Prime Minister to resign. Old politics is meeting a more connected and demanding […]

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Birgitta Jonsdottir and her Speech at the Inter-Parliamentary Union

Birgitta Jonsdottir and her Speech at the Inter-Parliamentary Union

Birgitta Jónsdóttir wrote a speech for the debate at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The Union “brings together parliamentarians to study international problems and make recommendations for action”. The IPU was formerly known as the Inter-Parliamentary Conference and has held 134 statutory assemblies and conferences between nations since 1889. The following speech was held by Birgitta at the latest assembly which took place in Lusaka, Zambia on the 19 […]

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Líder del Partido Pirata de Berlín arrestado en una manifestación contra Erdogan

Líder del Partido Pirata de Berlín arrestado en una manifestación contra Erdogan

Bruno Kramm, el líder de la territorial berlinesa del Piraten Partei alemán fue arrestado ayer por “insultar a un representante de un Estado extranjero”. Durante la manifestación él citó un poema satírico escrito por el comediante Jan Boehmermann. La policía detuvo a Kramm frente a la Embajada de Turquía en Berlín. El arresto fue durante una protesta contra la decisión del gobierno alemán (a principio […]

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Head of Berlin Pirate Party Jailed Over Erdogan Protest

Head of Berlin Pirate Party Jailed Over Erdogan Protest

This post is also available in Russian. Bruno Kramm, the head of the Berlin branch of Germany’s Pirate Party, was arrested yesterday for ‘insulting a representative of a foreign state’. During a protest he had quoted a satirical poem by the comedian, Jan Boehmermann. Police arrested Kramm in front of the Turkish embassy in Berlin. The arrest came during a protest against the German government’s […]

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