A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates Part 2

A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates Part 2

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A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates

A Hollywood Director’s Message to Pirates

This is my fourth attempt at writing this requested guest blog for the Pirate Times. I actually gave up after the third one, but then it occurred to me that if we can’t talk to each other the bad guys win…and nobody wants that to happen. The issue I come across when explaining the inner politics of Hollywood, or any of the obstacles we filmmakers […]

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The Turkish Government Goes Pirate: Further Censorship and Surveillance Mechanisms Coming

The Turkish Government Goes Pirate: Further Censorship and Surveillance Mechanisms Coming

Due to legal obstacles to prohibiting social-media sharing by political dissidents in Turkey, the government has a new strategy: to act as Internet pirates. Much different than the political pirate movement, Turkey will now try to hack into ISPs’ systems and surveil users’ browsing/sharing habits. With this aim, recently the Internet watchdog sent a “secret orders” memo to ISPs, to prepare the software infrastructure necessary […]

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Is Sweden Helping Turkey to Suppress Digital Freedoms?

Is Sweden Helping Turkey to Suppress Digital Freedoms?

Is the Gothenborg-based NetClean software as innocent as it is presented or is it used for silencing political dissent? Are Turkey’s notorious attempts to limit freedom of expression on the Internet adopting yet another powerful tool? This is the question that comes to mind when reading the news of the Swedish digital security company NetClean’s possible deal with the Turkish government. It was announced on […]

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Copyright Consultation: Cure for Political Apathy?

Copyright Consultation: Cure for Political Apathy?

Copyright reform could be the keystone issue in rectifying public apathy and lack of support in the democratic process, says Sephy Hallow. Edit 17/02/14: The deadline was extended to 5 March 2014 Common sense tells us that when trying to stir an apathetic population into political action and motivate greater participation in democracy, abstract debates, such as a Europe-wide reformation of copyright and intellectual property […]

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A Reasonable Ruling: DRM Circumvention May Be Ok

A Reasonable Ruling: DRM Circumvention May Be Ok

The European Union Court of Justice has ruled against Nintendo recently, denying a ban on products which may be used to circumvent DRM measures.

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Hard Times for Istanbul’s big man

Hard Times for Istanbul’s big man

‘You arrive on Friday afternoon? Good luck.’ Damn right: Friday afternoon, Istanbul traffic-jams make Rome look like Switzerland. It takes me two bloody hours on a stinky bus to get from the airport to the city center. As the bus approaches Taksim Square, I get a good look at the modern, flashy, new center of Turkey’s largest city: Dubai-style skyscrapers, more than a hundred floors […]

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Prism: Who should we trust?

Prism: Who should we trust?

As odd as it may seem, I agree with the various statements that have been made over the last few days that the UK has some incredibly robust and sensible rules when it comes to intelligence gathering. Of course I would like to see some tightening up, especially in terms of who has access and who should be permitted to authorise surveillance – and that this has to be adhered to

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UK Pirates to decide PPUK’s international direction

UK Pirates to decide PPUK’s international direction

Pirate Party UK is currently an ordinary member of Pirate Parties International (PPI) but it will be asking its membership whether it should stay a member, become an observer or leave.

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Hipsters vs Pirates. Is there a difference?

Hipsters vs Pirates. Is there a difference?

Hipsters were born from the counter-culture. In the past decade the hipster movement has grown and has gradually moved from periphery into the mainstream of society. When punk became plastic and the hip hop lost their momentum for social change, the remaining counter-cultures merged together into a single, continuously mutating trans-atlantic melting pot of styles, tastes and habits, which can be described as a hipster movement, explains Douglas Haddow.

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