The General Assembly 2016 of Pirate Parties International

The General Assembly 2016 of Pirate Parties International

Since January I was busy on several levels in organizing the general assembly together with some Pirates: Jessica Zinn from Berlin (Germany), Jelena Jovanovic from Belgrade (Serbia) and former Chairman of PPI, Andrew Reitemeyer from Pongaroa (New Zealand). We were appointed from the board as the general assembly committee. I did the supervision of the preparations, setting up the event website and gathering information about […]

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Let’s take over Berlin! PPI GA, Elections and Turning 10!

Let’s take over Berlin! PPI GA, Elections and Turning 10!

If you have dreamed about an European summer tour this year might be the best possible moment for a pirate to discover Berlin and its attractions. Starting from summer, the annual meeting of Pirate Parties International will take place in Berlin, on 23rd and 24th July. Right after the conference, Berliners will have another exciting event stay tuned for: Pirates are running for the local elections. On […]

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Court Case says that IP Addresses are Personal Data

Court Case says that IP Addresses are Personal Data

Patrick Breyer from the Pirate Party Germany sued the German government for logging all visits to government websites (Case C-582/14). He believes that there should be a right to surf the Internet anonymously if wished. Website owners track user activity on their sites for commercial reasons and to improve user experiences on the site but this data is also often disclosed to law enforcement agencies at […]

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Protest in Berlin Against Death of Free Speech

Protest in Berlin Against Death of Free Speech

Bruno Kramm, leader of the Berlin branch of the Pirate Party of Germany, was arrested last Friday. Kramm now faces prosecution under section 103 of the German criminal code for ‘insulting’ Turkish President, Recep Erdoğan. Despite the pending prosecution he is already preparing for his next protest. On 29 April 2016, Kramm will take part in a silent ‘Mahnmarsch’ (warning march) through Berlin’s Tiergarten to a demonstration outside […]

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Líder del Partido Pirata de Berlín arrestado en una manifestación contra Erdogan

Líder del Partido Pirata de Berlín arrestado en una manifestación contra Erdogan

Bruno Kramm, el líder de la territorial berlinesa del Piraten Partei alemán fue arrestado ayer por “insultar a un representante de un Estado extranjero”. Durante la manifestación él citó un poema satírico escrito por el comediante Jan Boehmermann. La policía detuvo a Kramm frente a la Embajada de Turquía en Berlín. El arresto fue durante una protesta contra la decisión del gobierno alemán (a principio […]

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Head of Berlin Pirate Party Jailed Over Erdogan Protest

Head of Berlin Pirate Party Jailed Over Erdogan Protest

This post is also available in Russian. Bruno Kramm, the head of the Berlin branch of Germany’s Pirate Party, was arrested yesterday for ‘insulting a representative of a foreign state’. During a protest he had quoted a satirical poem by the comedian, Jan Boehmermann. Police arrested Kramm in front of the Turkish embassy in Berlin. The arrest came during a protest against the German government’s […]

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Xenophobia Overshadowed the State Elections in Germany

Xenophobia Overshadowed the State Elections in Germany

This past Sunday (March 13th), there were local elections in three states of Germany: Baden Witterburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Rhineland-Palatinate. The Pirate Party of Germany (PPDE) did not manage to gather enough signatures to participate in Saxony-Anhalt. In Baden-Württemberg they achieved 21.733 votes (0.41%) and in Rhineland-Palatinate they achieved 16.790 votes (0.8%). In the two states where PPDE took part in elections, their returns fell below […]

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Crucial state elections for the German Pirates

Crucial state elections for the German Pirates

The Pirate Party of Germany (PPDE) and the Pirate movement as a whole, will be experiencing the first of many election tests in 2016 and the coming year 2017. The first was in Hessen last Sunday 6 March 2016. In the municipal elections in the region of Hessen, PPDE made a good start and saw 16 Pirates elected in local councils, although the turn out […]

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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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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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