[Pirate Times Newsletter] Pirate Times Newsletter 22nd edition

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Welcome to the 22nd edition of the Pirate Times Newsletter that summarises
the posts of the last two weeks.

*The Pirate Party of Italy joins Tsipras’ The Other Europ
18, 2014

On 9 April, the Pirate Party of Italy closed the internal debate on the
European Elections and largely voted in favour of the motion about the
support to the Alexis Tsipras’ list, *The Other Europe*, through the
resolution 5687 on the e-democracy platform LiquidFeedback. The
impossibility of the Party to gather the minimum legal number of
signatures, in order to run as an independent party, drove the members to
support a candidate on Tsipras’ list. The alternative to the resolution
5687 was to ignore European elections and to think about the future of the

*What the Pirate MEPs Have Accomplished in the European Parliament
17, 2014

Despite only having 2 mandates of approximately 750, which is approximately
0.0027% of the votes in the EU-parliament the two Pirate MEPs have managed
to deliver a significant contribution:


   Stopping ACTA, a trade agreement which would have decreased freedom on
   the internet

   Keeping away ‘three strikes’, to disconnect citizens from the internet,
   for file-sharing

   The Green/EFA group copying Pirate file-sharing politics

   Protecting Net Neutrality, and working against the proposal for
   introducing “specialized services” that would get priority on the internet

   And much more including: defending people’s right to decide over their
   own data; writing a book, ‘The Case for Copyright Reform’; working for the
   right of the blind and sight impaired to have more access to literature...

*Battles for Democracy. Week
15.*<http://piratetimes.net/battles-for-democracy-week-15/>April 14,

A weekly summary of the battles for democracy: The heartbleed bug; US spied
human rights organisations; Nations buying as hackers sell flaws in
computer code; Alaveteli: Open Source Freedom of Information Platform;
Angela Merkel denied access to her NSA file; and much more.

*Pirate Candidates for
April 13, 2014

As the European Elections draw closer, the European Pirates are selecting
their candidates. On our Pirate Party European Election 2014 Candidates
Lists page<http://piratetimes.net/pirate-party-european-election-2014-candidates-lists>you
can find out who you and/or your fellow Pirates will be voting for.
Come back to this page regularly to see who has been added. Links have been
added to sites where you can find out a bit more about the individual

*European Pirates Have a Board With Amelia at
12, 2014

On 20-21 March 2014 nearly 400 Pirates gathered in the European Parliament
in Brussels. Their goal was to create ‘The European Pirate Party” (PPEU)
and bond together closer. People came from all over Europe and 34 speakers
were booked for the following Internet Governance and Beyond conference
which took place just after the founding of PPEU. Swedish Pirate MEP Amelia
Andersdotter was unanimously elected, by the delegates of Pirate Parties,
as the head of PPEU.

*Pirate Parties International – General Assembly in
10, 2014

The International Pirate Party General Assembly took place in Paris the
12-13 April 2014 together with an Open Space conference under the topic:
Emerging Issues for the Global Society. The General Assembly is the
organisation’s highest organ and can therefore make decisions concerning
new members and the board as well as about changes in the statues. At the
moment of writing this post, only two parties had applied for PPI
membership: Norway and Costa Rica.

*Landmark Decison by the European Court: Data Retention Directive
April 9, 2014

On 8 April 2014 the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that
Directive 2006/24/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15
March 2006 on data retention was invalid. The ruling stated that: *It
entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the
fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of
personal data, without that interference being limited to what is strictly

*Pirates: Discovering the Planet – A Collective Project
8, 2014

Out of the turbulent political situation in Turkey comes an international
project that is called: *Pirates: Discovering the Planet*. Pirates from
around the world are being asked to write a book. The project requires two
types of support: writers willing to write a chapter and national parties
to endorse it. So you can pick a topic from the huge number of hashtags and
ask your national party to lend its support.

*French Translation of Pirate Times Goes Public (Spanish
7, 2014

Some of our posts are now available in French translation. One of the goals
for Pirate Times is “to increase the international awareness of different
Pirate Parties” and another is to “spread news internationally and share
best practices regardless of borders”. Language can act as a major
deterrent in these goals which is why we feel translations are important
for us. The Spanish are note quite as advanced but working towards catching
up with the French translators

*I Miss My Political Happiness / The Cause of Political
6, 2014

A post originally written in Swedish by Johanna Jönsson who shares her
personal reflection on political happiness. Johanna is not a Pirate but her
ideas can be generically applied to many political parties.

*Battles for Democracy. Week
14.*<http://piratetimes.net/battles-for-democracy-week-14/>April 6,

A weekly summary of the battles for democracy: MEPs approached by lobbies
at the end of the parliamentary term; YouTube still blocked and DNS hijack
still in place in Turkey; New leaks show NSA, GCHQ infiltrating private
German companies; CIA interrogation and torture report won't be public;
Political spiral of violence in Venezuela a threat to the rule of law; A
6-minutes crash course on the role of industry lobbying in EU-US trade
talks; and much more.

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