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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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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Privacy Shield: the American Lobbying Invasion

Privacy Shield: the American Lobbying Invasion

It is difficult to know the true extent to which American corporate interests and the US government continue to lobby the European Union and its member states on the US-EU Privacy Shield agreement. In March of this year, public records requests about Privacy Shield were sent to data protection authorities across the European Union. To date, the vast majority of EU data protection authorities have […]

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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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NSA Contractors Join Privacy Shield

NSA Contractors Join Privacy Shield

Did you really think that the European Union would protect your privacy? Don’t be so naive. The US-EU Privacy Shield program is supposed to give EU citizens greater data protections. As I wrote previously, the Privacy Shield program has several legal loopholes, which makes it look a bit like a block of Swiss cheese. To add insult to injury, not only does the Privacy Shield fail […]

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Privacy Shield: More Holes than Swiss Cheese

Privacy Shield: More Holes than Swiss Cheese

What if your most intimate and private information was for sale to anyone in the world? What if anyone could find out your political beliefs, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or even your medical history? In the US, it is legal for the private sector to collect and sell these types of personal information, and the government is powerless to stop it. Due to the US’ […]

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Blockchain Technology for Real Estate Transactions in Sweden

Blockchain Technology for Real Estate Transactions in Sweden

Blockchain technology (as used by Bitcoin) is a future technology that is likely to become a key infrastructure in an increasingly digital world. The possibilities of using Blockchain technology for real estate transactions has been jointly investigated by the Swedish Land Registry, ChromaWay (a blockchain company), Telia (telecommunication services) and Kairos Future (a consulting firm). They explain that the objective is “to shorten lead times, increase […]

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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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The Swedish Government is the owner of thepiratebay.se

The Swedish Government is the owner of thepiratebay.se

After a court-decision ThePirateBay.se and PirateBay.se has been forfeited to the Swedish government. This is the first time a domain name has been confiscated in Sweden on this level. There are no previous cases of states suing a registry for abetting criminal activity or breaching copyright law. The Swedish Prosecution Authority had filed a petition (pdf in Swedish) with the Stockholm District Court requesting the seizure of two […]

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Scottish PEN Seek Reform of Law on Defamation

Scottish PEN Seek Reform of Law on Defamation

Scottish PEN is working with a range of organisations to reform the legislation governing defamation in Scotland. As it stands, the existing legislation severely undermines freedom of expression, limiting the ability of media outlets, bloggers, social media users and civil society to share information in the public interest. The ability for powerful interests to suppress free speech thus presents a challenge to fundamental freedoms. The concern […]

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