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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Piracy and Conferences in Istanbul: An Interview with a Turkish Pirate

Piracy and Conferences in Istanbul: An Interview with a Turkish Pirate

Earlier this year Pirate Parties International arranged it’s first conference other than the General Assemblies. The conference was called Think Twice and took place in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on 22th – 23th February 2014. The concept of the conference was to “bridge Pirates, NGO’s and Academics”. The last Think Twice conference attracted mostly pirates but was an important meeting point for increasing international collaboration between […]

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The Turkish Government Goes Pirate: Further Censorship and Surveillance Mechanisms Coming

The Turkish Government Goes Pirate: Further Censorship and Surveillance Mechanisms Coming

Due to legal obstacles to prohibiting social-media sharing by political dissidents in Turkey, the government has a new strategy: to act as Internet pirates. Much different than the political pirate movement, Turkey will now try to hack into ISPs’ systems and surveil users’ browsing/sharing habits. With this aim, recently the Internet watchdog sent a “secret orders” memo to ISPs, to prepare the software infrastructure necessary […]

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Is Sweden Helping Turkey to Suppress Digital Freedoms?

Is Sweden Helping Turkey to Suppress Digital Freedoms?

Is the Gothenborg-based NetClean software as innocent as it is presented or is it used for silencing political dissent? Are Turkey’s notorious attempts to limit freedom of expression on the Internet adopting yet another powerful tool? This is the question that comes to mind when reading the news of the Swedish digital security company NetClean’s possible deal with the Turkish government. It was announced on […]

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Call for Papers for the 2nd Think Twice Conference in Turkey

Call for Papers for the 2nd Think Twice Conference in Turkey

After the success of  the first Think Twice Conference held in Frankfurt, Germany, where 37 speakers from 14 countries took part, Pirate Parties International are planning their second Conference in Istanbul, Turkey on 30 – 31th August 2014. The aim of the conference is to bring the Pirate Movement closer to NGOs and the academic world. In less than a decade the Pirate Party has […]

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Pirates: Discovering the Planet – A Collective Project

Pirates: Discovering the Planet – A Collective Project

Out of the turbulent political situation in Turkey comes an international project that is for and by Pirates. We can react to the governments of the world, as they increase surveillance and censorship on the world’s people, but we can also be proactive and take the future in our own hands. Pirates: Discovering the Planet is just such an action. Pirates from around the world […]

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Turkish Pirates Hanging Tools of Freedom on the Tree of Censorship

Turkish Pirates Hanging Tools of Freedom on the Tree of Censorship

A bill that imposes censorship on the internet has brought great turmoil in the Turkish society. Thousands of people keep on demonstrating in the squares of the country, requesting its withdrawal and even cope with the forces of repression!

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Hard Times for Istanbul’s big man

Hard Times for Istanbul’s big man

‘You arrive on Friday afternoon? Good luck.’ Damn right: Friday afternoon, Istanbul traffic-jams make Rome look like Switzerland. It takes me two bloody hours on a stinky bus to get from the airport to the city center. As the bus approaches Taksim Square, I get a good look at the modern, flashy, new center of Turkey’s largest city: Dubai-style skyscrapers, more than a hundred floors […]

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