Brazil to Limit Internet Data. Pirate Party in Brazil Fights Back

Brazil to Limit Internet Data. Pirate Party in Brazil Fights Back

The Pirate Party Brazil launched an online action campaign against a government initiative that aimed to limit the Internet data plan. Internet providers want to impose more restrictions in 2017 and thus they are lobbing against Internet freedom. They wish to restrict the unlimited data broadband franchises. Which leads us to believe that this time really will implement the data franchise in broadband internet are the data from the Brazilian Television […]

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German Pirates went to the European Court for Free Wi-Fi

German Pirates went to the European Court for Free Wi-Fi

In many countries around the world, it is just as easy to access a free Wi-Fi network in a public space as it is to order a cup of coffee. But in Germany, free wireless networks are in short supply. According to a study released earlier this month by eco, the Association of the German Internet Industry e. V., Germany has – from one million […]

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New Brazilian Law Strips Citizen’s Rights

New Brazilian Law Strips Citizen’s Rights

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 […]

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Analogue Stress and Social Media Strategies (The Internet Days 2/2)

Analogue Stress and Social Media Strategies (The Internet Days 2/2)

The second day of The Internet Days conference brought interesting keynotes by Harper Reed and Annie Machon. The conference gathered many of the people in Sweden working with IT in Sweden. The Pirate Times was there to listen in on some of the sessions. The Swedish political party Feministiskt Initiativ – FI (Feminist Initiative) described how they used social media effectively during the last election campaign.  Creating positive […]

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Net Neutrality and America’s Censorship Through the Backdoor

Net Neutrality and America’s Censorship Through the Backdoor

In one of those rare moments in history, grassroots activists and Silicon Valley are on the same side of an issue: net neutrality must be saved at all costs. For Silicon Valley businesses such as Netflix, there is clearly an economic incentive for preserving net neutrality. Netflix and its Silicon Valley brethren do not want to have to pay for the internet “fast lanes” that […]

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Democracy and Hypocrisy: The US Government’s “Multi-Stakeholder” Model

Democracy and Hypocrisy: The US Government’s “Multi-Stakeholder” Model

At the Internet Governance Forum this year, the US government is promoting its version of the “multi-stakeholder” model. What does the US government actually mean by the term “multi-stakeholder” model which it seems so willing to coerce and enforce on the rest of the world? The reality is that the US government does not intend to relinquish any control over the internet; it only wants […]

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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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It Seems We Have a Neutral Net! #success

It Seems We Have a Neutral Net! #success

The European Parliament accepted the Digital Agenda that was originally promoted by Vice President Neelie Kroes. This Digital Agenda includes net neutrality within the European Union and puts an end to roaming charges for mobile services in other European countries by the end of 2015. In the original proposal, net neutrality was not as clearly defined as it currently is. The original proposal had a […]

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The End of Net Neutrality and Why it is Not Surprising

The End of Net Neutrality and Why it is Not Surprising

Lately Net Neutrality in the U.S. may have finally hit a wall as the D.C. Ciruit Court of Appeals struck down the FCC’s (Federal Communications Commission) ability to enforce anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules on ISPs. The internet rightfully expressed its fear and anxiety that ISPs will now exploit this chance to increase profits by throttling speed of websites that do not pay, or even throttling […]

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Russian Pirates Battle Piracy Laws

Russian Pirates Battle Piracy Laws

In Russia “anti-piracy” laws are being introduced on 1 August 2013. These laws are direct attack on internet freedom, according to the Russian Pirate Party and they are organizing a series of actions together with allied activists with four main tactics.

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