[Pirate Times Newsletter] Pirate Times Newsletter 17th edition

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Welcome to the 17th edition of the Pirate Times Newsletter that summarises
the posts of the last two weeks.

*The Pirate Party Of Ukraine Asks For Help
<http://piratetimes.net/the-pirate-party-of-ukraine-asks-for-help/>.* January
26, 2014
An interview with the Pirate Party of Ukraine regarding the Protests of
January 2014 covering questions such as:

   - What information is not getting through? What would you like to inform
   the world about?

   - What are your demands?

   - Aren’t you afraid that the radicalization of the protests will, in
   fact, benefit Putin?

   - How do you teach protesters about communication security?

   - Do you have plans to cope with an internet or mobile phone blackout?

   - ...

*News Digest. Week 4 <http://piratetimes.net/news-digest-week-4/>*. January
26, 2014

   - Main findings of Oxfam International Report on economic inequality
   Tools for democracy

   - Public Eye Awards 2014

   - Turkish police fire water cannon at rally against ‘Internet
   censorship’ law

   - Maybe the Most Orwellian Text Message a Government Has Ever Sent

   - UK's New Internet Filter or Censor?

   - Q&A session with Edward Snowden on January 23rd

   - Liquid Democracy: The App That Turns Everyone into a Politician

   - 18 tools to aid citizen participation

   - Book: Does the Richness of the Few Benefit Us all?- Zygmunt Bauman

   - Open Policy Making tools and techniques

   - ...

*Call for Action: Support PPUA
<http://piratetimes.net/call-for-action-support-ppua/>*. January 28, 2014
The Vice President of the Polish Pirate Party, Zbigniew Łukasiak, recently
held an interview with members of the Pirate Party of Ukraine (PPUA). Among
other things he wanted to know how other Pirate Parties could support PPUA.
Their answer was prompt and straightforward: “We all need to feel support
from the outside world. Many think that Europe won’t do anything to help
us. It would be great to have video message, for example, which could be
shown on Maidan’s main screen and by our independent media”.

*The End of Net Neutrality and Why It Is Not Surprising.
31, 2014
Lately Net Neutrality in the U.S. may have finally hit a wall as the D.C.
Ciruit Court of Appeals struck down the FCC’s (Federal Communications
Commission) ability to enforce anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules
on ISPs. The internet rightfully expressed its fear and anxiety that ISPs
will now exploit this chance to increase profits by throttling speed of
websites that do not pay, or even throttling all bittorrent activity to
stop some piracy. However, this outcome should not have been a surprise to
any and, indeed, was a shock to few.

*GEMA Is Blocking The Live Stream Of The General Assembly For Pirate Party
2, 2014
On the 1-2 of February, the Pirate Party of Norway held their general
assembly in Kristiansand, Norway. Being a transparent and modern political
party they were providing online voting and a live-stream for people that
wished to partake in the meeting via the internet. This stream was blocked
from viewers in Germany on claims of music copyright despite being a
political debate, which in essence made it political censorship. All
pirates in Germany could see the message “unfortunately, this video is not
available in Germany because it may contain music for which GEMA has not
granted the respective music rights”.

*Public Submissions to US Special 301 IP Report Ends February 7.
3, 2014
Every year the U.S. Trade Representatives rate every country’s level of
Intellectual Property protection, such as creating law to punish file
sharing or making sure the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)
gets its money. If a country is deemed to have weak enforcement, then the
U.S. can pressure them to adjust with the threat of sanctions or removing
what is known as “Generalized System of Preferences”, which gives less
developed country beneficial trade allowance. Of course, if this does not
work they can actually enact the sanctions as has been done in the past.

*Pirates Nominate Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden For Nobel Peace Prize.
3, 2014
Representatives in the EU parliament from the Pirate Party of Sweden
(Amelia Andersdotter and Christian Engström) as well as parliamentarians
from the Pirate Party of Iceland (Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Jón Þór Ólafsson and
Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson) have conjointly nominated the American
whistleblowers Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize.

*News Digest. Week 5. <http://piratetimes.net/news-digest-week-5/>* February
4, 2014

   - After three years of turmoil, Tunisia has the Arab world’s most
   progressive constitution

   - Snowden interview

   - February 11th 2014 Is The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

   - Turkey’s Re-loaded Internet Censorship Bill Set to be Passed Thursday

   - What’s wrong with Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

   - Tools for democracy: Civio, Parliament Watch, Mysociety

   - Nick Hanauer censored TED Talk on the benefits of taxing the rich

*A Reasonable Ruling: DRM Circumvention May Be Ok
February 5, 2014
The European Union Court of Justice has ruled against Nintendo recently,
denying a ban on products which may be used to circumvent Digital Rights
Management (DRM) measures. Put simply: although it could be used for
illegal activity and piracy, breaking the DRM itself is not a criminal act.

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