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Where do I start?

Hmm, where to start.

I joined the Pirate Party when it was first established in the UK.  I am a strong believer in freedom of speech and the free sharing of knowledge.  Add into that I believe that the power, influence and enforcement of the current copyright system is damaging those prime belief and also stifles creativity and you basically have the reasons why I joined.

I'm not a politician and probably never will be.  I'm a freelance IT consultant and have nearly 40 years of experience of computing.  I have seen the freedom of the BBS system and its morphing into the Internet.  I remember the nostalgic days of attending computer clubs and sharing ROM's of software with fellow members.  Something has seriously wrong with a political system when content providers can encrypt media then get government backing to pass laws that make the decrypting of that media illegal.  This, in itself, counters this Government's claim to support fair use.  How can you have fair use, when the media you are trying to use fairly cannot be decrypted because of legal sanction?

201* (Retired, Not Out)

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Having spent a couple of days reflecting on the result, on Loz's resignation as leader (https://pirateparty.org.uk/blogs/loz-kaye/moving) and Andy's comments (https://pirateparty.org.uk/blogs/andy-halsall/fight-your-rights-and-party) about stepping back further I offer the following for the party as a whole. Thoughts and suggestions on three areas where I think that the next leadership would do well to focus on:

Internal Communications

Peter Sunde Arrest

Monday, 2 June, 2014 - 23:45

On the 31st of May, Pirate Bay co-founder and ex-spokesperson Peter Sunde, was arrested in Sweden. Peter has been involved in many internet based projects such as micro-donation provider Flattr, secure messaging client Heml.is, and VPN service IPredator.

In 2003 Peter Sunde became The Pirate Party spokesman, he left this position in 2009. He ran for the European Parliament for the Finnish Pirate Party in May.

On the campaign trail

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It has been a busy election season for me, and even though we've been going as a party for nearly 5 years the first time operating at more than one level at the same time. A typical week saw me talking to voters in the tower blocks of East Manchester, doing a press call for the North West Euro region and going down to London to help out with Lambeth leafleting.

Once again, I stood in the council elections for Manchester in the Ancoats and Clayton ward. Really untypically this is the 3rd time we have fought this ward within 9 months! The end of 2013 saw 2 by-elections as well as the regular election this May.

A lot of the issues we deal with play out on the big stage – net neutrality in the European Parliament, mass surveillance taking in the whole globe. But there is nothing like council politics to see why transparency and democratic engagement are vital.

UK Government not so neutral on Net Neutrality

Monday, 19 May, 2014 - 13:30

In April, the European Parliament adopted draft legislation as part of a move to regulate the European Telecommunications market. This included the formal adoption of Net Neutrality. Net Neutrality is a principle which states that internet service providers must treat all traffic equally regardless of source, and cannot charge for the preferential treatment of their subscribers or a particular service.

Ancoats and Clayton Casework Update Blog 17th April

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Piccadilly Basin AKA The Grassy Knoll

Plans to build on one of the few remaining pleasant open spaces in the Northern Quarter raised alarm amongst residents. Proposals are being drawn up to put flats on the green space on Tariff Street behind Jacksons Warehouse. It's not just about us losing a really nice place to be, concerns have also been raised about how the architecture would fit in context.

Worse still, I was alerted by residents that a massive part of the grass was dug up and mashed down without warning.

Here is the state of play as I have found out.

Leaders Update - A New Year, Looking Backward and Forward

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I hope all of you have had a good break over the festive season. A new year's a good time to look back over the one just past and new challenges up ahead. 

In 2013 more than ever, our kind of politics dominated the news- surveillance, technology, democracy, privacy, whistleblowing, freedom of speech and the social media were constantly in focus.

In many ways 2013 was the year of “we told you so”. For some time now we've been warning about the state's constant calls for invading people's privacy. But even I was shocked by the true extent of mass surveillance revealed by the brave decision of Edward Snowden to blow the whistle. More than anything it has revealed that as far as GCHQ are concerned anything we say or do is fair game. In our country suspicion is now our way of life. 

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