US Pirate Party’s Data Protection Failure

One of the core tenants of the Pirate Party movement, is personal privacy. In fact, to quote Rick Falkvinge, “Five years ago, when I founded the Swedish and first Pirate Party, we set three pillars for our policy: shared culture, free knowledge, and fundamental privacy.”.But what do you do when a Pirate Party doesn’t follow […]
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UK ID Cards Are No More!

In the last ten years, governments have fallen over themselves to try and obtain more information about their citizens. Sometimes it’s databases, or new regulations, or cameras, but the one thing they have in common is that they can be used to identify you, and track you. Today is a positive step then, as in […]
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UK Speedtraps Not For Safety

In the UK, speedtraps, GATSO’s, speeding cameras – call them what you will – have been marketed as a way to reduce road deaths, by reducing speeds at accident blackspots, and thus increasing safety. However, a Magistrates Court in Grimbsby has charged someone with wilfully obstructing a policewoman in the execution of her duty for […]
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Where Torrents Infringe

There’s been a lot of action targeting torrent websites, especially in recent months. It seems that part of the problem is that people don’t understand, a lot of the time, what’s going on with sites. It’s also clear from some filings, that the agents and courts don’t either. In the spirit of educating, I’ve decided […]
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Jabba the Hut’s Pirate Prohibition

It might not seem like a particular surprise, that the African nation of Tunisia – better known to many as Tatooine – has arrested pirates. However these aren’t your ‘Knock-off Nigel’ types selling DVDs that are in prison, but Pirate Politicians, arrested for having a political view different from the ruling government. Pirate Party Tunisia’s […]
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Rick Stepping Down as Piratepartiet Leader

(This is a copy of a post first published at Ricks site, which I’ve reprinted here) source I spend a lot of my days on the intertubes, and often find myself discussing, and/or promoting the Pirate Party ideology, often ending in an suggestion that the person join their local party. Most of the time, they’ve […]
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