About

Andrew Norton

(also known as K`Tetch)

Liverpool born (that’s the one in the UK) and raised (in this house), he now lives in rural Georgia (that’s the one in the US). He has worked in Television, with the Record industry, and is currently writing serveral books (after the release of No Safe Harbor). He was educated at the Liverpool Blue Coat School from 91-98, and then studied Robotics at the University of Liverpool.

Politics…

From May 2007 he became the head of the US Pirate Party.  In September 2008, he left the US party to take over Pirate Party International, to help coordinate the European parties for the 2009 European Election, and also to help the formation of new parties. In July 2009, he stepped down from this position to concentrate on research work involving peer-to-peer systems, and democracy.

On July 14th 2010, he rejoined the board of the US Pirate Party, taking the role of Legal Officer, a position that had been unfilled through the party’s short history, but stepped down at the end of November.

In April 2013 he became a Governor of the UK Pirate Party.

…& P2P

His interest in P2P systems started before the popular explosion in the late 90s. However, when Napster hit the public conscience, he was very familiar with it. He also became familiar with Kazaa/Morpheus, Gnutella, and eDonkey/eMule before switching to bittorrent in late 2002.

By 2004 he was making a name as a person who could diagnose problems, while explaining issues in a way that could be easily understood. In 2005, he started conducting his own research into clients and their interactions with the protocol. Since 2005, he has worked with the coders of utorrent, providing voluntary, independent first-line support to their users via IRC (meaning real-time-support). In 2006, this was expanded to users of The Pirate Bay.

Also in 2005, he started work as a site helper at Mininova, finding and identifying fake/malicious torrents, and again providing client/protocol support to the site users until 2007.

In 2007, he joined TorrentFreak.com, taking the position of researcher. He was responsible for verifying the Sandvine usage by Comcast, among others. He also leads the comment moderation team, and handles all social media for TorrentFreak (except Twitter) in his role of Community Liaison.