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Bright sunshine greeted members of Pirate Parties from 29 countries across Europe and the world to Prague for the Pirate Party International conference. The good weather reflected the optimistic mood among the more than 200 attendees, buoyed by recent electoral success in Germany. Recent polls suggest the Pirates are now the third largest party in Germany, and look set to capture more seats in regional elections in May. With the Austrian Pirates now polling at 7% ahead of national elections there, and membership numbers increasing in the US, the Maghreb and Europe, the Pirates arrived in Prague on the crest of a wave.

It’s a fact immediately evident in the unprecedented media presence at the conference, with German press heavily represented. In Germany, the Pirates are currently front page news. Holding court in front of the cameras and microphones throughout the weekend was Rick Falkvinge, the bombastic founder of the original Swedish Pirate Party.

The political analysts  have no idea where this came from,” declares Falkvinge with a giddy grin.

I think their best shot is – ‘Oh my fucking god it’s contagious!’ It’s outpacing my most optimistic estimates. All of a sudden people are not waiting for Sweden – Germany is rushing ahead, Austria is rushing ahead.


Pirate parties agree on joint campaign for EP polls

Prague, April 15 (CTK) – Representatives of the European Pirate Parties agreed at a conference in Prague yesterday to prepare a joint platform and campaign for the elections to the European Parliament in 2014, Czech Pirate Party (CPS) chairman Mikulas Ferjencik has told CTK.



Pirate parties agree on joint campaign for EP polls

Members of pirate parties from over 20 countries met Saturday in Prague to draw up a united campaign so as to win more seats in the European parliament during the 2014 elections.



Debconf 2011 – Distributed Naming – Daniel Kahn Gillmor
April 3, 2012, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Decentralization, DNS, freedombox, globalchange, ipv6, linux, society | Tags: , ,

by Daniel Kahn Gillmor

Centralized naming schemes seem to be a critical weak point in global network communication.Powerful actors can strongarm the existing Domain Name System (or proprietary/centralized services like facebook, twitter, and github) and effectively remove a group from the publicly-visible ‘net without even touching any of the associated machinery. There are some promising new tools that allow for massively decentralized, distributed naming, and many of them are being made available within Debian. This BoF is for implementors, packagers, integrators, critics, and the generally curious to talk about how to make these concepts work across all of debian.Come share problems, brainstorm fixes, collaborate, and learn!