Surveillance Hangs Heavy Over Vienna

Surveillance Hangs Heavy Over Vienna

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 […]

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Why Pirates should be concerned about TTIP

Why Pirates should be concerned about TTIP

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) bothers us on the methodological plane and on the content plane. On 11 October 2014, a large number of organizations cooperated with European Pirates in actions across many countries against the TTIP TTIP Methodology We recognize that while more information has apparently  been made available, when compared to previous similar negotiations,  it is still largely insufficient. This methodology collides […]

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TTIP International Day of Action

TTIP International Day of Action

On 11 October 2014 a large number of organisations will be cooperating with European Pirates in actions across many countries. They will be opposing the negotiation and introduction of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) (which has already been negotiated) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA). These “free trade agreements” are being backed by corporate […]

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Why you should protest the TTIP?

Why you should protest the TTIP?

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 […]

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What the Pirate MEPs Have Accomplished in the European Parliament

What the Pirate MEPs Have Accomplished in the European Parliament

“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 […]

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The Plutocracy of Copyright Holders

The Plutocracy of Copyright Holders

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.

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What is the TPP? (The Big Brother of ACTA Explained)

What is the TPP? (The Big Brother of ACTA Explained)

Currently under negotiations is an expansion of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership, a Pacific orientated trade agreement composed of Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore. Eight additional prospectives have joined negotiations for membership, which would expand the agreement to Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the United States, Vietnam, and possibly Japan. As suggested by proponents, once finished the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP) will have implemented liberalized […]

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Internet and Social Media as Tools of Freedom

Internet and Social Media as Tools of Freedom

On 18 June 2013 a joint conference titled  “Internet and Social Media as Tools of Freedom” was organized by MEPs Pawel Zalewski (EPP) and Amelia Andersdotter (Greens/EFA). The aim of the conference was to discuss the role of the Internet and social media in revolutions for building civil societies. The conference was held as a two hour panel debate with the help of several invited […]

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Amidst #Prism and #Tempora Scandals, German Pirates Get Their Groove Back

Amidst #Prism and #Tempora Scandals, German Pirates Get Their Groove Back

After a year of internal discord and coordinated work to broaden their political platform, the German Pirates are now focusing on campaigning for the federal election this coming 22 September 2013. Critical media reports have voiced dismay over the lack of internal organization, as well as the very public „shitstorms“ on twitter and other media. Both of these factors have resulted last year’s hype, during which the Pirate Party Germany polled as high as 12% nation-wide, to collapse, leaving the polls stagnant between 2-4%.

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Pirate Party of Slovenia Officially Registered and Prepared for New Challenges

Pirate Party of Slovenia Officially Registered and Prepared for New Challenges

On the historic date of 5 November 2012, the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Slovenia officially confirmed that the Pirate Party of Slovenia is listed in the registry of Slovenian political parties. This was a last step in a long process of establishing a Pirate Party in Slovenia.

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