No Bright Future: A Cautionary Tale

No Bright Future: A Cautionary Tale

This is a guest post by Hugi Asgeirsson, updated from this original publication. This is a tale of the rise and fall of a progressive political party. It’s a story of optimism turned sour and of promises broken. It’s a cautionary tale of the emptiness of value-based politics. At the end, I will congratulate the Pirate movement for doing things differently, but also offer some […]

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Think Twice Three: A Conference for Online Freedom and Global Cooperation

Think Twice Three: A Conference for Online Freedom and Global Cooperation

The next Think Twice conference (TT3) will be held from March 2-4, 2018 in Jerusalem. This is a guest post by PPI – written by Keith Goldstein (PPI Treasurer).  This gathering will bring together academics, business people, non-profit and government officials, as well as activists in general who are concerned about creating a fair and free internet. The event is sponsored by Pirate Parties International, […]

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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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A Just Future Starts at the Local Level

A Just Future Starts at the Local Level

Jelle de Graaf is the first elected official for the Pirate Party in the Netherlands, in the borough of Amsterdam West. The Pirate Party Amsterdam recently elected him as their political leader for the municipal elections in march 2018. Earlier this month he visited the Fearless Cities Conference at the municipalism movement in Barcelona. — Cities are gaining power. When national governments fall short local […]

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Support the Referendum on Catalan Independence

Support the Referendum on Catalan Independence

Direct democracy, citizen participation, and the right to self-determination are three of the most important tenets of Pirate Parties International. In a recent letter, to all fellow members of Pirate Parties International, the Pirates of Catalonia have requested public declarations of support for the referendum on Catalan independence. At Present time there is no referendum scheduled partly because Spain’s national government has refused to allow […]

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Swiss Privacy Shield Down!

Swiss Privacy Shield Down!

The so-called “shield” protecting Swiss data has no legal basis in the US. After several weeks of research and analysis of the US-Privacy Shield agreement and its implementation, this morning, the Swiss Pirate Party (PPS) notified the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) of a discrepancy challenging the very existence of the agreement. According to the information we have reviewed, it appears that the […]

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PPI turns 7 years old, accomplishments over past year

PPI turns 7 years old, accomplishments over past year

The following article was written collaboratively by board members of PPI, several of whom are also part of the Pirate Times team. While PPI and Pirate Times are distinct organizations they maintain a working collaborative relationship to support Pirate Parties around the world. The first General Assembly In 2010, during April 16th-18th, Pirate Parties International (PPI) held its first General Assembly in Brussels. Pirate Parties […]

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FOSS activist arrested for tor exit node in Russia

Accused of incitations to “terrorism” made via his Tor exit-node, Dmitry Bogatov was arrested on the 6th of April. Dmitry became part of a large penal case that was initiated by Russia’s Investigation Committee on “incitations to mass riots” during the protest action that took place on the 2nd of April in Moscow. According to the Investigation Committee, Bogatov was publishing messages on the forum […]

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Pirate Party of Austria – The First Ten Years

Pirate Party of Austria – The First Ten Years

This is a guest post by Sylvester Heller Editors note: The author has been excluded from the Pirate Party Austria. This article reflects solely his opinion and not that of PPAT Austrian pirates were not the first to establish their political party, of course, but they were one of the first to follow Rick Falkvinge’s example. Today, Austrian pirates celebrate their tenth anniversary – a welcome […]

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A New York Pirate’s Guide To Resistance

A New York Pirate’s Guide To Resistance

This is a guest post from Jay Emerson, founder of the New York Pirate Party and a long time political activist. With uprisings happening all over the U.S. lately you might be wondering what to do when the shit hits the fan.  Maybe you were thinking of going to a protest in your area to fight against some form of oppression or another, but don’t know […]

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