The ‘Democracy in Europe Movement 2025′ (DiEM25) was launched by its instigator Yannis Varoufakis, the former Greek Minister of Finance, on 9 February 2016 in Berlin. DiEM25, a cross European left-wing movement, attracted Pirates’ attention because of its similarities. The movements hold similar positions on democracy, citizens’ participation on decision making, transparency, decentralization and criticizing corporate lobbyists for their influence on politics in Europe. Varoufakis, in his […]
Marco Civil da Internet: Don’t Believe the Hype In 2012 a general director of Google was arrested in Brazil. Since then, this big corporation has invested millions of dollars in lobbying the Brazilian congress, political, academic institutions (like FGV, the Getúlio Vargas Foundation) and activist collectives influence the political process and laws for their benefit. Approved in 2014, the “Marco Civil da Internet” (Brazilian Civil […]
The announcement of launching a US arm to ‘the Internet Party’ (by Mega founder Kim Dotcom) seems, on its face, quite good news. A rich, media-savvy person who understands technology getting into the US political scene to stir things up and fight for digital rights, and freedoms; sounds great, right? No. There’s one big problem with Kim Dotcom’s new plan, and that’s Kim Dotcom. It’s […]
For many in New Zealand and overseas the Internet Party was the “stand-in” for the ailing Pirate Party of New Zealand. It shared many policies with the international Pirate Movement in the areas of human rights, whistle-blower protection, net politics, copyright reform, privacy, transparency, surveillance and others. Early in the campaign, with its alliance partner Mana, they were polling well at 3–4% and were expected […]
A huge corruption scandal has erupted in the Spanish Government.It has important implications since it involves the Partido Popular (People’s Party, the leading political party in Spain), several Ministers and even the current Prime Minister, Mr. Mariano Rajoy.
Prosecutor recently ordered the arrest of Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis for publicising a list with the names of Greek depositors in Swiss banks. The famous “Lagarde List” includes 2,059 names of Greek depositors in the HSBC bank in Switzerland. The “Lagarde List” was published recently in a special issue of the magazine “Hot Doc” but despite this two governments still deny its existence.