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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.



Neelie Kroes launched No Disconnect Strategy with Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg
December 13, 2011, 12:46 am
Filed under: Big Brother, freedombox, globalchange, socialweb, society | Tags: , , ,

via techliberation mailing list ( information in german and )


This is no joke or commedy !!


Today EU-Commissioner Neelie Kroes launched an initiative to help net dissidents abroad together with the lobbyist Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg, a former German defense minister,

Digital Agenda: Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg invited by Kroes to promote internet freedom globally source

Video of the press conference

Media coverage in Germany was pretty strong as the controversial former minister zu Guttenberg still polarises the public in the aftermath of his phd forgery scandal, and his inappropriate late resignation. funding sources are undisclosed. For this project zu Guttenberg just receives travel refunds according to the EU spokesperson. Officially, according to Kroes spokesperson Ryan Heath CSIS is not behind the project, was however listed as his affiliation at the European Commission press conference. We had recently a discussion on accepting funds from defense industries, I would add that alleged ties may endanger dissidents who use these tools.

“The “No Disconnect strategy” will assist people in four ways: Developing and providing technological tools to enhance privacy and security of people living in non-democratic regimes when using ICT. Educating and raising awareness of activists about the opportunities and risks of ICT. In particular assisting activists to make best use of tools such as social networks and blogs while raising awareness of surveillance risks when communicating via ICT.Gathering high quality intelligence about what is happening “on the ground” in order to monitor the level of surveillance and censorship at a given time, in a given place. Cooperation. Developing a practical way to ensure that all stakeholders can share information on their activity and promote multilateral action and building cross-regional cooperation to protect human rights.”




An Invitation to Mr. Guttenberg from telecomix


Digitale Konditoren torten Ex-Verteidigungsminister Guttenberg