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WTO Bali - Day Four Braindump

Posted On: Fri, 2013-12-06 15:38 by scifi

This was a significant day for PPI: our first paper was published on the website of the ninth Ministerial Conference of the WTO and addresses the WTO members to include provisions for public licences into the TRIPS Agreement. During this informative week in Bali we decided to stick on our plan to also publish a paper on an international treaty for the protection of personal data (i.e. against surveillance). Though we didn't do it for the current conference as it would have been out of scope.

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WTO Bali - Day Three Braindump

Posted On: Thu, 2013-12-05 15:50 by Dichter

On the third day of the WTO ninth Ministerial Conference we again attended some interesting sessions. "Bread for the world" facilitated a workshop discussion about "The Big Deal: United States/European Union Free Trade Agreement TTIP - Risks and Opportunities". That resulted in a vivid discussion on several aspects of the TTIP agreement including its transparency and the deficit of democratic influence.

We also visited the following other sessions:

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WTO Bali - Day Two Braindump

Posted On: Wed, 2013-12-04 16:28 by Dichter

Today, we went over to the Bali Trade and Development Symposium (hashtag #BaliTDS) in order to attend some sessions and to network there. On a way we met a representative from the German delegation who explained us some peculiarities of the conference proceedings. So we have been in the following sessions today: "The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement", a meeting from Friedrich Ebert Stiftung "Make the Right Impact!

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WTO Bali - Day One Braindump

Posted On: Tue, 2013-12-03 15:38 by Dichter

The first day of the WTO ninth ministerial conference is over. We have found our way around the venue and have met some very interesting people. In the morning we have attended the briefing from International Digital Economy Alliance (IDEA) together with ARIN and Rackspace on regulating the Internet from the trade perspective (summarized: they want to keep the internet open and whole, not letting countries splitting it into multiple national internets). Over the course of the day we have met, discussed and exchanged business cards with

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The WTO has accepted Pirate Parties International (PPI) as an Observer of the WTO Ministerial Conference

Posted On: Mon, 2013-11-18 22:31 by Dichter

The WTO Secretariat has granted the Pirate Parties International (PPI) the right to observe the WTO's upcoming ninth ministerial conference in Bali, Indonesia. The observer status allows PPI to send a delegation of up to four people to the conference to actively advocate for the goals of the pirate parties movement. PPI will mainly advocate for two issues that it considers to be the most pressing: an international treaty against surveillance, and the inclusion of provisions for free licenses into the TRIPS treaty.

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WIPO Member States delegations have denied Pirate Parties International's application for admittance as a Permanent Observer

Posted On: Wed, 2013-09-25 14:27 by Dichter

In the current Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), Pirate Parties International (PPI) have been denied a permanent observer status on objections from the delegations of USA (as a speaker for the industrialized countries), Belgium and Poland.

The rules of procedure state that a unanimous decision regarding the admittance of observing NGOs is required. Therefore any voiced objection was enough to turn down PPI's application.

"The WIPO is accepting NGOs as observer members in order to get a full picture on the topics it is covering. There are many organizations representing the copyright industries, and very few representing other parts of society. By denying PPI's observer membership application, WIPO has made it obvious that it is not interested in an open debate that includes all players of civil society, but would rather embrace the copyright industry lobbyists," states PPI's Co-Chairman Gregory Engels.

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A new political Party is born in Europe - say hello to the European PIRATES

Posted On: Wed, 2013-09-04 14:34 by Dichter

Today, Pirates from 15 countries have come together in Luxembourg for the foundation of the European Pirate Party (PPEU). This step prepares the jointly organized participation of Pirate Parties across Europe in the upcoming European elections in Mai 2014.



Gregory Engels, co-chairman of the Pirate Parties International: "The Pirate Party movement is unique in its international extent, having the unprecedented opportunity to address the real important trans-national political issues."


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Jurgen Rateau has passed away

Posted On: Thu, 2013-03-21 09:52 by Dichter

Yesterday the sad news arrived that Jurgen Rateau, co-founder and former president of Pirate Party Belgium has passed away. Our thoughts are with Jurgen's family and friends to which we send our deepest condolences.

Jurgen was a critical observer of the Pirate movement and the Pirate Parties International since the beginning. Without any desire for fame or public appreciation, Jurgen tirelessly invested his time and effort as a member of the PPI Court of Arbitration, as member of the PPI HQ, as organizer of the founding Assembly of the PPI in Brussels as well as a participant in all PPI Assemblies to date.

The Pirate movement knows Jurgen as a man of great intellect and sense of humor. Jurgen was always generous and supportive, never held back with his opinion. His straight-forward attitude will be remembered as well as his willingness to help and support.

We lost a friend and a great person. Rest in peace Jurgen Rateau!

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PPI wishes fair winds to the Pirate Party of Israel

Posted On: Tue, 2013-01-15 19:56 by Dichter

The Pirate Parties International Board wishes fair winds to the Pirate Party of Israel in the upcoming elections.

PPI aims to raise awareness and foster the growth of the pirate movement. We are happy about the Pirate Party of Israel's decision to run for the upcoming Knesset elections on the 22nd of January, 2013. The PPI board is convinced that this decision will strengthen the global pirate movement and help its expansion into the Middle East.

The platform of the Pirate Parties is unique in its demands for direct democracy and political transparency; the formation of a Pirate Party in Israel is the first step to transforming Israel's politics.

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PPI GA is going to be in Kazan

Posted On: Wed, 2013-01-09 20:09 by Lola

The next PPI GA is going to take place in Kazan, Tatarstan Republic, Russian Federation. The exact dates will be announced within 2 weeks. The minutes of the PPI board meeting and voting where Kazan was chosen can be found in our Wiki

Considering the wishes of PPI members, the board have chosen the most distanced location. We have received the offers from Paris, France; Kaliningrad, Russia; Potsdam, Germany and Kazan, Russia. Unfortunately there were no offers from outside of Europe this year. Even though geographically Kazan still lies in Europe, it's gonna be the first PPI GA outside EU. Participants are going to enjoy the unforgettable mixture of European and Asian cultures. More information can be found in their offer.

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