This article is a guest post from Rodney Yancey, who translated an article originally from Telepolis. Privacy groups in Austria are gearing up. Austria is a small country in the EU, but privacy concerns are as pressing here as everywhere else. It has been a while since citizens failed to prevent the Austrian government from enacting data retention, albeit not for lack of trying. The ensuing media circus yielded the country’s most popular […]
We were all so cheerful when two years ago the European Parliament rejected ACTA. But the lobby machine never rests, the big corporations will use every opportunity to slip the same provisions into any international treaty that our governments sign. And they will add new stuff if possible, such as Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). There are abundant examples of how it works – from […]
“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 […]
The analogy that attacking piracy is a game of whac-a-mole appears to be quite a good one. Any effects to reduce piracy will be countered with new means of circumvention—if you hit a mole it reappears somewhere else.