Signing of the Common Programme for the EU Elections in Luxembourg

Dearest Pirates and readers,

The Board of the European Pirate Party is happy to announce that on 9th February will the Pirate parties accross Europe meet in Luxembourg to sign the Common European Election Programme (CEEP) and officially begin the campaign for the elections to the European Parliament (EP).

The EP elections will take place on 24th-26th May 2019 and Pirates all over Europe participated in the past several months on the creation of a new CEEP. They already run with a joint programme in the EP elections in 2014. The weekend will be also filled with events the Luxembourg Pirates prepared, including speech from current Pirate member of the European Parliament, Julia Reda, or workshop for the campaign and media strategy. You are all welcome to come and join us – please just register yourself via the link below.

Date: 9th-10th February, 2019

Place: Centre Culturel ‘Schéiss’
142, Val-Sainte-Croix
L-1370 Luxembourg

Registration form: https://goo.gl/forms/jpq9BmXFR9y7q5Lv1

We are looking forward to meet with everyone. Let’s make the European Parliament our sea together!

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.

 


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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

The Czech Pirates did it again!

The Czech Pirates did it again: getting stronger each election

Last weekend, on 6th October, the Czech Pirates gained another victory, after their great success last year in their national elections, when they got 22 seats in the Parliament and became third strongest party in the country. This time in their municipal elections they gained 358 municipal mandates, on a national average reached seven percent and in all bigger cities grew, with the greatest success in Prague, where they were able to establish themselves as the second largest party with 17 % and are now negotiating for the office of a mayor.

A third of the Senate (second chamber of the Czech Parliament) is also being re-elected and they have a good chance to win in the second round this weekend two Pirate seats out of the 27 senators.

“We are immensely happy. Of course, the negotiations nearly everywhere are still ongoing and the hard work to show people, that we are a relevant and competent force that strives for an open, participatory and transparent politics is still awaiting us, but it is a good sign after the national elections that people are satisfied with what the Pirates are doing and what we represent and we’ll do our best to meet their expectations,” says Markéta Gregorová, the head of the international department of the Czech Pirate Party, vice-chairperson to the European Pirate Party and also newly elected representative in Brno.

In the election campaign, the Czech Pirates focused mainly on topics such as transparency of the city councils, digitization and reflection of modern technologies, democracy and participation of the citizens.

“I’m happy for this result, because it’s confirming us that we are going in the right direction,” adds Mikuláš Peksa, Pirate Member of the Parliament and leader of the team focused on European affairs, international relations and defense. “It also strengthens our position and chances for the elections to the European Parliament next May, which we consider immensely important. We feel like Europeans and want to stay and act like that.”

The Czech Pirates continue to share their know-how and are in contact with other international coordinators to help other Pirate parties, as they are a part of the global Pirate movement. Part of this is also participation within the international structures, and they look forward to meet personally again with everyone on the annual PPI meeting in November and upcoming general assembly of 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.