Stockholm Internet Forum 2014 (SIF14) “aims to deepen the discussions on how freedom and openness on the Internet promote economic and social development worldwide”. This was the third time that the Stockholm Internet Forum was organized by The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, .SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) and The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The conference promotes ‘Internet Freedom’ and this year they […]
A national Pirate Party uploads a picture of a famous face alongside the text “We Are Chelsea Manning”. Immediately the comments start raining . Extremely few of them actually deal with what the woman on the picture has done for her country, for the world, for the Pirate movement, and for the very freedom of speech.
September is going to be a busy month for Pirates around the world as a cluster of elections take place in countries where Pirate Parties are taking place. The first is Australia.
The Swedish Pirate Party is pressing charges against banks in Sweden for presumed acts of discrimination against WikiLeaks. The leaks organisation has been declined receiving donations by several payment providers since 2010. In 2010, donations to WikiLeaks have been blocked by several financial institutes, including Visa, MasterCard, PayPal – and Swedish banks.
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.
Swedish hosting company PRQ were raided October 1, causing a shutdown of up to 50 file sharing sites. As a result, the member count of the Swedish Pirate Party increased rapidly, almost doubling in just two weeks.