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Help Russian pirates with protests for fair elections!

Posted On: Fri, 2011-12-23 14:30 by valio

On the 24th of December russia will face another series of mass protests demanding fair (re)elections. The organizers of this movement concerns, that there might be some repressions from the authorities, who would try to obstruct the access to independent sources of information.
The Pirate Party of Russia asks for help, to ensure with technical means the uninterruptible access to the main information website http://24dec.org/

What's needed?

  • Mirroring Servers (that would mirror over ssh/rsync the static HTML content)
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And Now for Something Completely Different (Minecraft)

Posted On: Thu, 2011-12-22 11:07 by valio

Many of you will know Minecraft. Various Pirate Parties have picked up Minecraft to use it as a tool of publicity, relaxation and teambuilding. Pirates around the world quickly jumped onto the train, and various Pirate Parties have been running MC servers for some time.

For you that don't know Minecraft, Minecraft is a sandbox retro game, where you have to mine resources, craft them into items, and use those items to build things. Various things have been built in Minecraft already, ranging from a Venator Star Destroyer in the PPNL Minecraft project, to a Stargate, and various other fantastic works of art. The biggest example is a person building a CPU in Minecraft, eventually causing him to get a job at a tech company.

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Posted On: Tue, 2011-11-22 12:56 by marcel

As you may or may not be aware, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) are on their way to pass in the US. This would imply terrible consequences on free speech while imposing tyrannical conditions for web site providers like Diaspora servers or YouTube. The only reason for all this is clearly heavy lobbying of the copy monopolists that want people to pay for nothing: making copies that everyone can make at home.

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Catalan Pirates run for Spanish Congress

Posted On: Sun, 2011-11-20 18:58 by valio

Today, 20th of November, is election day in Spain. The new Prime Minister will be decided and probably the right-wing candidate Mariano Rajoy (PP) will win by a landslide, ousting the party in power since 2004 (PSOE). However, these elections are also important for the International Pirate movement, since they are the first general elections in Spain with Pirate candidates for both Congress and Senate.

And they're not only Pirates, but very exceptional candidates as well. For instance, the head for Barcelona's constituency is no other than Josep Jover. He is a famous lawyer in Spain for many reasons, but most notably because he managed to overturn in Brussels the Spanish digital tax: an arbitrary charge on all digital equipment, collected to be paid as a compensation to Spanish artists, as for their hypothetical losses due to what they call "piracy".

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Russian Pirates Invited to Presidential Round-Table

Posted On: Mon, 2011-11-14 11:30 by valio

CC-BY kremlin.ruOn November 9, 2011, President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev met with the Russian Internet community. The discussion included the entire Internet spectrum; bloggers, people involved in Internet projects, online media and movements, a number of celebrities and 3 Pirate Party representatives. Even though the President of Russia appears to be interested in gadgets, the change of copy law, Internet freedom, and Free Software implementation in schools and agencies, it was his first meeting with Internet activists to which the Pirate Party of Russia was invited.

Throughout the two hour meeting, the following Pirate topics were discussed:

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2012 PPI GA: Call For Offers

Posted On: Thu, 2011-10-27 13:44 by marcel

More than seven months passed away since the last PPI General Assembly (GA) had taken place in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The time has come to arrange the 2012 GA, therefore, we call and kindly request for offers of hosting the next annual PPI GA. As all previous PPI conferences had been held within Europe, we strongly encourage especially the non-European Pirate Parties to send their offers. A list of requirements and more information on the conference can be found in wiki.

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Protest against patent on broccoli at the European Patent Office

Posted On: Thu, 2011-10-27 12:20 by marcel

The following text is a press release of no patents on seeds.

EU governments urged to take legal action

Munich, 26.10.2011. Three hundred people representing a broad range of environmental activists, farmers and development organisations held a protest against patents on seeds and animals outside the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich. With six meter long flying vegetables, a stall with patented broccoli and agricultural machinery, the focus of the protest was the sell-out of resources needed for daily living. After the EPO announced that the patent on the broccoli (EP 1069819) would not be revoked, speakers from various organisations are now looking for political action. Speakers at the demonstration included representatives from organisations such as Friends of the Earth, the German Family Farmers Organisation, the international coalition of “No Patents On Seeds” and others.

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Anti-Piracy agreement ACTA signed

Posted On: Mon, 2011-10-10 16:07 by marcel

The Czech Pirate Party is drawing attention to the dangerous ramifications of ACTA. ACTA is an Anti-Piracy agreement signed last Saturday in Tokio, bringing global Internet regulations, restrictions of digital technology, and a possibility of inspections of computers on the borders. The agreement has been signed by the governments of the USA, Japan and 6 other countries. The European Union and the Czech Republic are only preparing to sign the agreement.

There was no access for the public to the ACTA negotiations that started in 2007 and there had been no access for the representatives of the participating countries for a long time either. Full access to the information from the negotiation meetings, however, had representatives of corporations:

  • Warner Bros,
  • Motion Picture Association of America,
  • BSA (Business Software Alliance) et al. [1]
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"Federal Trojan Horse": Targeted attack against constitutional law

Posted On: Sun, 2011-10-09 15:49 by valio

The Minister of the Interior Friedrich and President of the German Federal Office of Criminal Investigation Ziercke have become intolerable
Press statement by the Pirate Party Germany - 08.10.2011 -23:45

The Chaos Computer Club (CCC) has published an analysis of the "Federal Trojan Horse". It reveals that the program is able to download and install additional malicious programs, and that it suffers from massive security breaches. Even servers in the U.S.A. are used for the surveillance. Furthermore, the program's functionality goes far beyond the limits prescribed by the Federal Constitutional Court.

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Pirate Party UK Presses Minister on Web Blocking, Evidence Based Policy

Posted On: Fri, 2011-10-07 14:27 by marcel

Loz Kaye—Pirate Party UK Leader:

On Tuesday I met with the Culture, Communications and Creative Industries Minister Ed Vaizey, along with interested groups including ORG, Coadec, LINX, a representative of the ISPs, and the Tax Payers Alliance. The meeting was intended to address the outcry over secret meetings between Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the big media industry players, and to put forward a different view to the lobbyists from the publishing groups, who have dominated the Internet policy agenda for far too long.

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