Toward a Pirate Consensus in Europe

Saturday, 9 November, 2013 - 21:45

On the 2nd and 3rd of November Pirates from around Europe, including the UK, worked to further develop a Common European Election Programme (CEEP). The Election Programme is intended to include elements of policy that are shared across all Pirate Parties in Europe. The conference in Athens was attended directly and remotely by representatives of many of the dozens of EU and EFTA Pirate Parties, including those from Germany and Sweden.

EU Resolution passed refusing US access to SWIFT Bank Data

Friday, 25 October, 2013 - 14:30

The European Union lawmakers in Brussels approved a non-binding resolution on Wednesday, 23rd October 2013, that calls for anti-terrorism investigators based in America to have access to banking database named "SWIFT" revoked, following revelations surrounding the country and a spying culture. Documents provided by the whistle-blower Edward Snowden suggested that America has been abusing its power to access the global banking database to snoop on individuals within the European Union. The resolution passed with 280 votes for, and 254 votes against, with 30 abstentions.

Public Service Europe: Cameron's Speech Short on Substance

The British prime minister seems to want a ragbag shuffling of tasks rather than a radical new vision for Europe that is about true participation and decisions as close to people as possible – writes Pirate Party UK leader. 

The build up to David Cameron's statement on Europe, which Twitter has insisted on calling '#TheSpeech' has been like the place the European Union debate has in UK politics overall. A drawn out, tedious process and something that most people would rather avoid – but at the same time something that has been looming with a dreary inevitability.

Wednesday, 23 January, 2013 - 23:00

Information Age: EU Data Protection

Chris Grayling has claimed that EU data protection plans will cost British Jobs. In response to Grayling's comments, Pirate Party UK leader Loz Kaye said that UK government's policy on data protection is being shaped by its attititude towards Europe.

"Once again we can see how the government's continuing political difficulties on the issue of the EU is leading to them letting UK citizens down," Kaye said. "It's vital that we positively engage to protect British people's information and rights over how it is used.

Thursday, 18 July, 2013 - 23:00

Party: What happened to June?

The last month nearly killed our most active volunteers..

We have been working flat out on lots of our core issues including surveillance - with Prism, Tempora, Snowden - local government transparency, filtering and regulation as well as the usual stream of local issues.  Its been hard, but it has also been a lot of fun and, I know we managed to have an impact.  People have been writing to their MPs about Prism using our template and we have had many positive responses there too, its a start, people noticed, but there is more to do.

It has been great that orepur core issues have been so prominent in the press, fantastic that there has been a wider discussion about whistleblowing and mass surveillance, but we need to keep working to show that there is a better way.

Enter AntiPrism

The uncovering of programmes like PRISM and Tempora, as well as similar projects hinted at in France and elsewhere, shows clearly that far from respecting our independence and privacy many of our governments are complicit in domestic surveillance to an unprecedented scale.

The rhetoric, that our governments are acting because they have to is false. That our politicians have put these programmes in place to protect us from criminals and terrorists is weak at best. The claim that these vast systems are necessary to defend our freedoms is as hypocritical as it is contradictory.

Time For Our Independence Day. Independence From the US.

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The 4th of July is always a little bit odd for us here in the UK. It's usually accompanied with wry jokes about how we should never have let the former colony go. Jokes that mask Britain's enduring inability to see how the world, and our place in it, has changed. What has changed above all is that the balance of power is utterly reversed.

Whether it is on foreign policy or on the domestic surveillance of our citizens, successive UK governments follow America's lead unswervingly. We're not quite Airstrip One yet, but the 4th is no cause for fireworks and parades this side of the pond as far as I'm concerned.

EU Referendum: Finding a way forward

Thursday, 16 May, 2013 - 12:45

Following days of turmoil in the Tory party on European issues, Conservative MP James Wharton has topped the private members bill ballot. He has confirmed that this will be used to introduce legislation for an EU referendum by 2017. Now this is firmly in the parliamentary timetable no party can ignore the increasing calls for the public to have a say on our future in Europe.

Pirate Party UK spokesperson Andy Halsall said:

Leaders Update - From Venice to Toxteth: We need more Pirates for Europe

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It's certainly never a dull moment as PP-UK Leader. Since my last update I have been busy advocating for our politics, including a lecture at the London School of Economics, meetings at the House of Commons, attending events about open data and taking part at the international "Rethinking the Internet" conference in Venice.

Equally, I have been working on the ground for residents in Manchester- whether it's helping to run a community consultation on possible new uses for an derelict building in Bradford ward where I stood last year, or pressing for regeneration in the East of the city. I also had an amazing visit to community projects in the Liverpool district of Toxteth. Great to see real transformation, it doesn't have to be all doom and gloom.  I like this combination of the visionary and the practical, that's what politics is about for me.  

Opinion: Cameron Wants to Forget The Right to be Forgotten

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Nicholas Foden Supporter Pirate Party Manchester   Online privacy is something I feel very strongly about, and when I heard about the current government's plans to opt out of new EU social media laws, I decided enough was enough and it was time to take bigger stand. I won’t get into the depths of my views in this post but here is a brief idea of the situation.   The EU is proposing laws which would give users the right to delete any information online entities held about them, in its entirety. These laws would have wide reaching implications for safety and privacy online and would act to safeguard against information being stored, shared and sold online by companies such as Facebook and Twitter. Companies whose revenue streams are based on analysing and selling personal information.   In a world when law enforcement agencies now uses social media data against people in court and employers try to vet candidates based on their social media profiles, users should have the right to remove embarrassing, unwanted or unnecessary pictures, posts, or data held about them.  


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