Swiss Privacy Shield Down!

Swiss Privacy Shield Down!

The so-called “shield” protecting Swiss data has no legal basis in the US. After several weeks of research and analysis of the US-Privacy Shield agreement and its implementation, this morning, the Swiss Pirate Party (PPS) notified the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner (FDPIC) of a discrepancy challenging the very existence of the agreement. According to the information we have reviewed, it appears that the […]

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Pirates in Switzerland Vote in Favor of the Basic Income

Pirates in Switzerland Vote in Favor of the Basic Income

A very significant referendum election has been scheduled on the coming Sunday, June 5, in Switzerland. The popular initiative for an Unconditional Basic Income (UBI), supported by 100.000 citizens, is being presented to the Swiss voters for their scrutiny. It is significant because, in a direct democracy system, such as in Switzerland, whatever is presented to the citizens and voted on is binding for the […]

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Los piratas suizos votan a favor de la Renta Básica

Los piratas suizos votan a favor de la Renta Básica

Un muy importante referéndum tendrá lugar el próximo domingo 5 de junio en Suiza: la iniciativa legislativa popular por la Renta Básica Universal (RBU, en castellano; UBI, en inglés), apoyada por 100.000 ciudadanas y ciudadanos suizos, será presentada a los electores para su escrutinio. Es muy importante porque, en un sistema de democracia directa, como el suizo, cualquier iniciativa popular presentada y votada es vinculante para […]

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Election Results for Pirate Party of Switzerland: 0.94% of total ballots

Election Results for Pirate Party of Switzerland: 0.94% of total ballots

Last Sunday, 18 October, national elections were held in Switzerland. The pirates did well, receiving 82,635 votes in total—0.94% of ballots cast. The turnout for the election was 49.99%. Before the election took place the Pirate Party of Switzerland attempted to get them declared invalid and re-scheduled. The government in the region of Aargauer had published an election guide for the parliamentary elections but chosen […]

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The First PPEU Council Meeting: Moving Right Along

The First PPEU Council Meeting: Moving Right Along

This past weekend the PPEU meeting took place in Brussels. This was the first ordinary Council Meeting (General Assembly) of the organization and the main topic was the election of the new board. The founding conference for the European Pirates happened in March last year, where the first chair of the Pirate Party Europe was elected. One of the first agenda items for the Council […]

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Swiss Pirate Party Elects Co-Presidents, Passes Resolutions Regarding Upcoming Votes

Swiss Pirate Party Elects Co-Presidents, Passes Resolutions Regarding Upcoming Votes

On Saturday, 21st of March, 2015, Pirate Party Switzerland elected two co-presidents for the first time! The General Assembly elected Guillaume Saouli and Stephan Thöni to replace outgoing President Alexis Roussel. Stephan Thöni is from the  canton of Zug. He is a 29-year–old IT developer and student rights activist; Guillaume Saouli, 44, is a contractor in Geneva. They will divide the tasks of supporting regional sections […]

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The Munich Security Conference: Security after Snowden (24-25 Jan)

The Munich Security Conference: Security after Snowden (24-25 Jan)

Edward Snowden and his exposures is not discussed as much today as it was when revealed. However, the subject has not become any less important just because he’s not in the spotlight anymore. The Munich Security Conference (MSC) takes place in Munich every year, at the end of January or at the beginning of February. The Flaschenpost was able to report on the last conference in January […]

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Pirates open up CleanIT. But has it changed?

Pirates open up CleanIT. But has it changed?

CleanIT is a public-private partnership project by several European governments, internet industry firms, and NGOs that has been subject to strong criticism. Opponents fear CleanIT endangers civil rights and internet freedom, while keeping their work hidden from public oversight. This secrecy has now been reduced.

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Sunday Elections Look Promising for Piraten Basel

Sunday Elections Look Promising for Piraten Basel

Last year’s national elections, they took 1.92%, the best result until now for the Pirates in Switzerland. Piraten Basel are confident the votes are there to reach 4%.

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Inside the Clean-IT conflict

Inside the Clean-IT conflict

CleanIT is a project by several European governments and private stakeholders. The project officially aims to reduce the use (or abuse) of the internet by terrorists. The list of the CleanIT goals reads, on the surface, like it is motivated by the wish to protect children or otherwise easily influenced persons from exposure to terrorist content. This protection is motivated through a fear that these […]

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