European Pirate Party 4th Council Meeting 2018

This Council Meeting will be held in Reykjavik 1st-2nd of December 2018 at Píratar headquarters on Síðumúli 23, 108 Reykjavík. Many buses go straight there from town (www.straeto.is) with a 3 min walk from the bus stop. The meeting will be held here both Saturday and Sunday.

 


Zoom

Meeting

Venue and Helpful Things Nice to Know

Delegations

list of delegates and other participants.

Agenda

Nominated Members of the Board

Proposals

Items proposed for the agenda, including nominations, membership applications and other.

Next Board Meeting on November 12th

The next meeting of the Board will be held on November, 12th 20.30h CEST on Mumble
mumble.piratenpartei-nrw.de, Link: Piratenpartei NRW [1].

Draft Agenda: https://wiki.ppeu.net/doku.php?id=ppeu:boardmeeting13

Maybe it will be streamed by @PiratesOnAir (on Board’s decision) also.

Guests are very welcome.


[1] Mumble is a voice conference software. To participate in Mumble, software must be installed and microphone and speakers on the computer are required.

A description of the installation and where to download the software can be found there.

Legalize filesharing and stop incriminating families!

Press statement:

Legalize filesharing and stop incriminating families!

Following last week’s ruling by the European Court of Justice on the liability of internet users for alleged copyright infringements by family members[1], the German Pirate Party sharply criticizes EU copyright enforcement law and calls for the legalisation of file sharing.

“In the pure profit interest of the entertainment industry, innocent consumers are being forced either to snoop on family members and denounce them or to pay high costs,” criticises Patrick Breyer, lawyer and top candidate of the German Pirate Party in the 2019 European elections. “In order to put an end to this untenable situation, the EU must finally legalise private file sharing by compensating authors.”

MEP Julia Reda has revealed a study according to which private file sharing does not harm the industry.[2] Until 2017, German WiFi operators often had to pay warning costs and damages in file-sharing cases. Since the abolition of “Stoererhaftung” in 2017, the entertainment industry can still demand that the WiFi router be blocked (port blocking), encrypted (password protection) or switched off altogether after a copyright infringement has taken place in Germany.

“In order to protect yourself from warnings and reprimands, WiFi users should join wireless community networks,” advises Breyer. “Their technology ensures that data traffic can no longer be traced back to the subscriber. Anyone who receives a filesharing warning should seek legal advice.”


Sources:

[1] Press release on the ECJ ruling,

https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2018-10/cp180158en.pdf

[2] File sharing study,

https://juliareda.eu/2017/09/secret-copyright-infringement-study

 

 

Breaking News – Next Council meeting

Hello Pirates!

On behalf of the PPEU board I hereby announce and invite you to the annual General Assembly of the European Pirate Party.

When: 1st and 2nd December 2018
Where: Reykjavík, Iceland

Remote participation will be of course secured. Please in any case register yourself (and your other delegates) via this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScCHVB4KinJLjK5b6vGGGWN3jhqoEOgNlBx-MrGRXB5kHJuew/viewform?usp=sf_link

According to our Statutes, a new board shall be elected. Please deliver nominations (with specified position) on behalf of your party to the PPEU Council e-mail. Statutes make us deliver them a month prior to the meeting, so I naturally ask for that :), but as we are calling for it quite late and there is a precedent from last years, I think even later nominations will be taken into account.

Thank you and I’m looking forward to meet you all!

Best,

Markéta Gregorová
Vice-chairperson to the PPEU

Next Board Meeting on October 8th

The next meeting of the new board will be held on October, 8th 20.30h CEST on Mumble
mumble.piratenpartei-nrw.de, Link: Piratenpartei NRW [1].

Draft Agenda: https://wiki.ppeu.net/doku.php?id=ppeu:boardmeeting11

Maybe it will be streamed by @PiratesOnAir (on Board’s decision) also.

Guests are very welcome.


[1] Mumble is a voice conference software. To participate in Mumble, software must be installed and microphone and speakers on the computer are required.

A description of the installation and where to download the software can be found there.

Anti-terror censorship: EU Commission proposal on Internet blocking and filtering would break the web

The German pirate party warns of the EU Commission‘s new plan aimed at “preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online”.

“The proposed easy-to-bypass Internet blocking and automated upload filters existentially threaten countless Internet services and endanger freedom of expression on the Internet,” warns Patrick Breyer, civil liberties activist and top candidate of the Pirate Party for the European elections in 2019. “Internet censorship is the wrong approach to countering violent extremism. It provides Islamists with arguments against the West and will connect sympathisers and extremists even closer in clandestinity.”

In detail, the Pirate Party names eight points of criticism regarding the draft regulation:

1) Easy-to-circumvent Internet blocking by using geolocation:
It can be assumed that providers will apply simple geolocation techniques when receiving blocking orders because they are not required to actually delete “terrorist content” but only to block it for EU users. However, it is technically easy to circumvent such geoblocking, for example by using proxy servers abroad. The spreading of terrorist propaganda would thus de facto not be contained at all.

2) Countless Internet services would have to cease operations:
The EU censorship regulation would apply to almost all commercial or non-commercial Internet services, for example blogs with comments function, forums, Wikipedia, file sharing services, coding hubs or news portals with comments function. The regulation existentially threatens a large number of Internet services because many operators do not have the resources to implement upload filters and to block content within one hour of receiving an order (even at night-time).

3) Error-prone upload filters endanger our freedom of expression:
Internet providers are to be obliged to automatically search for as yet unknown “terrorist content” without having to perform a human check before blocking it. Such fully automated upload filters are censorship machines that have been proven to suppress completely legal content (e.g. documentation of human rights violations in civil wars). Our freedom of opinion and information should not be entrusted to algorithms and machines. A human check is indispensable before blocking content.

4) Lack of independence of censorship authorities:
According to the EU proposal, the authorities that are to order the blocking of “terrorist information” do not need to be independent from governments. No court order is required to block content. This could put our freedom of expression and information in the hands of the Hungarian Ministry of the Interior or a local police officer in Romania, for example, which is unacceptable. Only independent authorities should be allowed to order the blocking of content (for example a court, a Commissioner for freedom of expression or a Citizens’ Advocate).

5) Arbitrary private censorship is encouraged rather than prevented:
According to the regulation, the procedure for issuing blocking orders can be circumvented by simply “notifying” providers and letting them decide. However, our freedom of opinion and information must not be placed in the hands of private Internet companies, which often delete content seemingly arbitrarily. In order to protect freedom of expression, Internet providers should be explicitly prohibited from arbitrarily deleting or blocking legal content, and should be required to seek a decision by an independent public authority.

6) Lack of transparency and control:
Effective access to justice is not guaranteed. The uploader of blocked content is not to be notified, even where contact details are available. We think it necessary that the author be informed and that not only they, but also any other citizen who is denied access to content be entitled to challenge the blocking. This engages non-governmental organisations fighting for freedom of expression on the Internet and helps reduce the unjustified suppression of information.

7) A “European Internet” will be created:
Instead of seeking an international understanding on universally outlawed content, a European regional web is to be created by blocking content that, for example, remains legally accessible in the USA. This contradicts the fundamental idea of the Internet as a worldwide network.

8) Data retention through the back door?
The draft EU Censorship regulation encourages the recording of our private browsing without any reason. When blocking “terrorist content”, a provider is to be required to preserve „associated user data“, even though such data should not have been recorded in the first place according to the GDPR. There is a danger that providers will identify and track all users only to be able to comply with the data preservation obligation. A free Internet requires anonymity. Anonymity is essential for journalists, whistleblowers or people seeking advice, to name but a few.

Next Board Meeting on August 20th

The next meeting of the new board will be held on August, 20th 20.30h CEST on Mumble
mumble.piratenpartei-nrw.de, Link: Piratenpartei NRW [1].

Draft Agenda: https://wiki.ppeu.net/doku.php?id=ppeu:boardmeeting10

Maybe it will be streamed by @PiratesOnAir (on Board’s decision) also.

Guests are very welcome.


[1] Mumble is a voice conference software. To participate in Mumble, software must be installed and microphone and speakers on the computer are required.

A description of the installation and where to download the software can be found there.

CEEP-Meeting in Barcelona

The next CEEP-Meeting with all working groups is in Barcelona (Spain/Catalonia) from 21st until 22nd of July, 2018.

Venue

Fundación Inceptum Hub
Carrer del Rector Triadó 31,
E-08014 Barcelona
https://inceptum.org

Agenda:

– the program below focuses on one topic at a time, giving it one hour, trying to be as efficient as possible

– if one topic takes shorter amount of time, the time can be delegated to the next ones

– if the topics take longer than anticipated, there’s no need to panic, we can work on it later online, it is good to also set the course and write at least something

– during both days there can be a dedicated table for the CEEP 2014 update, with separate mumble room; if a person doesn’t have anything to say to the currently discussed topic, he/she shall transfer here. CEEP 2014 will be also discussed in a standard way at the end of Sunday

Saturday 21st July

10:00 – 10:30

Introduction, final preparation, presenting the system and program

10:30 – 11:30

Agriculture, Maritime, Fisheries

11:30 – 12:30

Climate Action, Energy

Short break

12:45 – 13:45

Digital Affairs

13:45 – 15:00

Lunch

15:00 – 16:00

Structural Funds

16:00 – 17:00

Education, Culture

Short break

17:15 – 18:15

Social Affairs

18:15 – 19:15

Taxes

Ca. 21:00 Dinner

Sunday 22nd July

09:30 – 10:00

Free speech panel of participants 🙂

10:00 – 12:00

Foreign and Defense Policy

Migration

Short break

12:15 – 13:15

Transportation

13:15 – 14:15

Corruption

14:15 – 15:30

Lunch

15:30 – 16:30

Post-election strategy

16:30 – 17:30

Wrapping up everything, looking at what was done on CEEP 2014 during the two days

End of the meeting

Why we pirates are needed in Brussels

A post from Patrick Breyer

Ahoy,

at the beginning of June you chose me by an overwhelming majority to be the top candidate of the German Pirate Party for the European Parliament elections in 2019 (about me: https://wiki.piratenpartei.de/Benutzer:Pab, in German ). With Gilles we also have an experienced EU insider and with Samy a committed expert on social and educational policy in the strong team of candidates (http://pi-u.de/eu19kandidaten ). With this letter I would like to inform those who were unable to attend the party convention.

We PIRATES are digital freedom fighters – and Europe needs us more urgently than ever! We defend human rights in the age of the digital revolution. Other parties have different priorities. And they have again and again betrayed the protection of digital human rights when in power. That is why PIRATES are needed.

Our incredibly influential pirate party MEP in Brussels is Julia Reda – Europe’s Internet expert par excellence. It is largely thanks to her that the resistance against the censorship machine “upload filters” and against an “ancillary copyright” has become so great – and hopefully will finally be successful. We PIRATES give privacy and the Internet a voice in Brussels! In Julia’s speech you can listen to what she has achieved so far: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8cTHAsKfjI&t=34m10s (in German)

As policy hackers, we also want to update the political operating system. If corporate interests repeatedly prevail over the interests of citizens and the common good, this inevitably leads to environmental destruction and deepens the social divide in Europe! We need EU transparency instead of a lobbyist’s paradise, direct democracy instead of backroom politics. In my introductory speech I made it clear why we are needed in Brussels: https://vimeo.com/274425357 (in German)

The opportunities

According to surveys, three pirate party candidates from the Czech Republic and I have a good chance of succeeding Julia Reda in Brussels – and we can do even better! An EU-wide mandatory electoral threshold is not to be introduced until the 2024 European elections. Therefore the German pirate party can enter the European Parliament in 2019 probably with a minimum of about 0.6% of the vote.

As a founding member of the Pirate Party Germany, it is important to me to live pirate principles in politics. If the campaign succeeds, I will maintain a close connection to the German Pirate Party from Brussels in order to strengthen the pirate movement in our country as well. As a MEP I would like to increase the media presence of the Pirate Party in Germany, for example by commenting in the federal press on German developments in the area of civil liberties/digital policy. At the federal party congresses I would like to report to you regularly on the state of affairs in Brussels (or in the event of an unavoidable collision of dates, an employee) – because you are part of this party and contribute to its success in your own way!

We want you!

All this is a dream of the future, as long as the European elections are still ahead of us. After I was elected to be the front runner, I called on all those who wanted to help in the election campaign to write to me. The campaign team needs your ideas and support. We are the party of participation and I would like to inspire you to engage. Everyone should have the opportunity to participate in the election campaign with ideas and actions. The election campaign organizers will review your proposals and use them to develop concepts. There will be a member survey on the final campaign concept.

This is what you can do

In Germany, we are a small party that is hardly perceptible via the mass media. In the election campaign it is therefore up to all of us to pull together – and of course also to mix up the political business with unconventional means.

That’s why I’m asking for your help:

One might think that our ambitious goals as freedom fighters and political hackers are actually unattainable in view of the superiority of the political-industrial complex. But as Walt Disney said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

In this spirit I look forward to a pirate-like election campaign with you – let’s cast off!

Patrick


PS: Greetings from @Terrorstofftier. It is appalled that it isn’t more famous than I am. And that’s why it asked me to send you its birthday video, here you have it: https://vimeo.com/274039601