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Join us in August for the first international Pirate Summer camp
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Ahoi Pirates, 
We are happy to announce the first Pirate Summer event to be held this year at the beginning of august in Piotrowice Nyskie, Poland. It is the opportunity for individual pirates to spend some vacations together, to get know each other better and to foster international cooperation. 
Everybody is welcome to contribute their content to the Pirate Summer - be it a workshop, a session, a lecture, a hackathon, a music jam or anything else that could be relevant to pirates, or is just fun (how about offering a hike along the Czech-Polish border, or a tournament of MtG?)
The location we have found is truly unique - an old palace from the sixteen century, that was bought six years ago by a family that is restoring it to its former shape since then. Overall there are 5 hectare grounds with multiple buildings, barns, a big number of large rooms for meetings, a pond (what is left from the medieval moat), farm animals, dogs, cats - in total 250 pirates can fit in. There are rooms in the palace for 25 people, the rest have to either to camp in a tent, or share dormitory rooms in the former storage buildings.
We will offer full catering and also child care (if enough families with children will join us), so that we can have a vacation together and you should bring your family with you.
What: "Pirate Summer" vacation
When: July 31st - August 9th 2015
Where: Piotrowice Nyskie, Poland
You can see the photos of this place on its facebook page:
and on official site:  
Here are the costs for the tickets:
A room in the palace: 35 Euro per day including full-board catering (315 Euro for the whole 9 days)
Tent / dormitory: 18 Euro per day including full-board catering (162 Euro for the whole 9 days)
under 3 years old: free
under 12 years old: EUR 9,- per day
between 12 and 18: EUR 12,- per day

Please register at

If there will be more then 10 children registered for the event, we will organize a care person / kids animation for no additional charge, so that the adults would have more time to hang out busy with "adult stuff" or be kids again unobserved. 
If more then 50/100/200 persons will register in total, we will drop the prices for everyone.
It is alright to come to only for a part of the summer camp, but the rooms in the palace are given with the preference to the people who are coming for the whole time. You can pay in cash when you arrive at the pirate summer camp.

Q: Is there any fears of zombie attack?
A: Quite possibly. As this event takes place in August and the future is uncertain, we will have specifically designated shelter areas and also runners. You will be randomly paired with someone who you should hope is a slower runner than you are.
Q: Is there Internet?
A: Is this a kind of a philosophical question? There is WiFi in parts of the main building. One of our projects will be to install a meshed wifi infrastructure (aka Freifunk) to distribute the internet to all other buildings.
Q: Is there an official facebook event? What is the hashtag?
A: here is the link to the Facebook event:
If you want to talk about this event, please use the #ppips15 hashtag 

Q: Who is organizing / how to contact?
A: This event is brought to you by Pirate Parties International. The person in charge is Gregory Engels, you can contact him by emailing to Gregory dot Engels at pp-international dot net, or call him at +49 / 172 853 44 91
Q: I would like to offer a workshop / seminar / yoga / body painting / grouphugs /…
A: Please do. If you like, you can email us ahead about your idea.

Q: How do one get to Piotrowice Nyskie, Poland?
A: By plane with Ryanair or Wizzair to Wroclaw, then a 1 hour drive. Or Katowice (2 hours), Krakow (3 hours), Poznan (3 hours), Prague (3 hours), Berlin (4 hours), Vienna or Bratislava (5 hours).
By bus or Train to Nysa, then Otmuchow, or taxi from Nysa to Piotrowice Nyskie
By car: the A4 motorway, take the Nysa exit. Nysa, then Otmuchow, then Sliwice, then bear right towards Piotrowice Nyskie (5 km south of Otmuchow)
Pirate Summer 2015
Fri, July 31, 2015, 2:00 PM GMT+2
Piotrowice Nyskie Palace

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Day 2 Part 1 of the ThinkTwice2 Conference 2014 at Istanbul Commerce University 30-31 August 2014

Speaker: Julia Reda
Julia is the MEP, European Parliament for Pirate Party Germany. Her office is also taking care of day to day tasks for the European Pirate Party.

Title: Copyright Reform

There has never been a bigger discrepancy between the technical
feasibility to share information and knowledge across all physical borders and the legal restrictions to actually do so. On the bright side, there is also a growing consensus among the public, creators and the affected industries on the need for a fundamental change. Over the next years, we are going to experience the greatest opportunity for the reform of copyright in a far too long time span.

The reward of participating in this conversation will be the promise of reconciliation. Reconciliation for those who dedicate their lives to facilitate communication and the transfer of data, those who want to express their thoughts and ideas and build upon those ideas that came before them and those who want to create the spaces and tools for others to experience the cultural wealth of this world. And this is how we are going to achieve it.
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The ThinkTwice2 Conference 2014 at Istanbul Commerce University 30-31 August 2014
Speakers: Josef Ohlsson Collentine and Smári McCarthy

Speaker: Josef Ohlsson Collentine
International Coordinator Piratpartiet, PP-SE
Organisational Leader Pirate Times

Title: A More Direct and Participatory Support for Creators

Artists and creators often need funding to continue their work. Traditionally, providing prepayment for future creation has been the responsibility for publishers, managers or institutions.

Today people and creators are often enabled to interact more directly. With a digital presence and interaction through social media the creator can find direct communication with their fans. A possibility to remove the traditional middlemen in favor of direct support from fans.

Microdonations is a way to give money for content you appreciate. Through this you encourage the creator to produce more. With the help of "many small streams that form a large river" the creator is able to be more independent than in the past.

I will present different approaches to microdonation (Flattr, Gittip, Patreon etc) and discuss advantages of each. I will also present a few of the factors (transparency and participation) that successful projects (Tim Pritlove, Taz-zahl-ich etc.) have in common.

Speaker: Smári McCarthy
Co-founder, Pirate Party Iceland.
Board, International Modern Media Institute.
Privacy and Security Lead, Mailpile.

Title: Some Conditions for Electronic Voting

The critique of electronic voting tends to stem from two primary factors:
Technical concerns about the security of electronic voting, and the level of technical understanding voters must be presumed to have in order to trust electronic voting methods. I will show that the issue of security regards guaranteeing two features: unlinkability and verifiability. I will address some of the conditions required to guarantee unlinkability and verifiability, show why they have never coexisted in any voting system, electronic or otherwise; and propose conditions which, if met, should guarantee simultaneous unlinkability and verifiability. I will then give a theoretical example of such a system.
Finally I will try to address how a system implemented in such a way need not be technically incomprehensible to a reasonable voter.
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Just as the PPI board are preparing the final stages of the ThinkTwice2 Conference 2014 in Istanbul 30th and 31st August we get this good news from Russia...

Edward Snowden has received a residence permit in Russia, which is valid for three years, starting on August 1, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told reporters.

He added that Snowden had not asked for political asylum.

“He will be able to travel freely within the country and go abroad. He’ll be able to stay abroad for not longer than three months,” Kucherena said.

Press conference in Russia as soon as it will be possible.

The former NSA contractor will be able to apply for the Russian citizenship in five years.
Edward Snowden has received a residence permit in Russia, which is valid for three years, starting on August 1, the former NSA contractor’s lawyer announced.
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It's different for everyone Miles. What you would do may not make sense to others when it' makes perfect sense to you.
So far All the negative shit I find on Ed is all the usual propagandist. or someone that stands to lose their ass ets  if what he has goes public.
I would like to see him release every bit of evidence to an open form and let nature take it's course.   
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Call for Submissions for topics within the scope of the ThinkTwice2 Conference

After the success of our first ThinkTwice conference in Frankfurt in February 2014 we are happy to announce the preparations for our second international ThinkTwice Conference 2014 in İstanbul Turkey.
Thanks to İstanbul Commerce University and Asst. Prof. Dr. Arif Yıldırım we are now ready for our first international conference in cooperation with a well known and respected university.

The aim of the conference is to bridge between the worlds of the Pirate Parties, Academia and NGOs to foster a mutual exchange of ideas and experiences that are worth spreading.

Main topics include:
- Creativity
- Human Rights
- Activism
- ...and more

Get ready for ThinkTwice2 in #istanbul   #turkey  
30-31 August 2014

#ppint   #tt214   #thinktwice #thinktwice2   
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Meet our two new Co-Chairpersons

Plan: To steer PPI towards a transparent and true international course

The two persons elected as co-chairpersons were +Maša Čorak, Croatia, and +Koen De Voegt, Belgium.
Many of the delegates have big hopes for these two and they were even called a dream-team by some. Here is a short interview to let you know who will be leading PPI over the next year.

#ppint   #pirates   #piraten   #pirata   #pirati  

Thanks to +Pirate Times 
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Day 2 Part 1 of the ThinkTwice2 Conference 2014 at Istanbul Commerce University 30-31 August 2014

Speaker: Smári McCarthy
Co-founder, Pirate Party Iceland. Board, International Modern Media Institute. Privacy and Security Lead, Mailpile.

Title: Political Holism and The Failure of Issues

The Pirate Parties were founded around a narrow set of issues of importance to a relatively narrow segment of society. Much like Green Parties and other “single-issue” movements before them they have failed to attract broad political appeal. In this talk I will address the failure of issue-based politics and argue for the creation of a holistic political doctrine centred around Pirate politics. I will use Pirate politics as a basis to explore policy areas such as agriculture, industry, state finances, education, healthcare, and natural resource management. Finally I'll expand on this to suggest that the emergence of Pirate politics are indicative of a “third dichotomy” of the modern era, following the royalist-republican dichotomy and the individualist-socialist dichotomy; and that this new dichotomy can only be brought about through holistic politics.


Speaker: Oana Olariu
„Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Iași, România

Title: The quixotic efficiency: The proneness for transcendental change of shared economy based communities.

The following research dives into the area of a newly articulated motive of self which gains social momentum through the use of decentralized connected communities. The quixotic motive implies an universalist schemata and a transcendent attitude towards change (Salgado & Oceja, 2011). Even if the literature on altruism and gift is wide developed, neither the quixotic motive for action, nor the digital enabled gift economic systems received a fair attention (Harvey, Golightly, & Smith, 2013). It is hypothesized that shared economy based communities are conducive for the centrality of the quixotic motive. The growth curves of egotism, communitarianism and quixotism are investigated through a longitudinal analysis on two shared economy based communities over an one year period. Implications are discussed, as the new-new social movements (Feixa, Pereira,& Juris, 2009) enhance the preference for self-transcendent knowledge (Scharmer, 2011) and the social role of flux (Csikszentmihalyi, 1996) is, thereto, weighted.


Speakers: Ufuk Eriş, Halil Polat
Title: Thus it work: Perception of Young Turks on Activism on the Net


Speaker: Yoav Lifshitz Founding member, Israeli Pirate Party

Title: Occupy WiFi: The Wireless Re-Territorialization of the Political Act

The central democratic battlefield of the 21st century will resolve around The
Internet. The egalitarian premise of the Web is now being threatened, thus
politicized, as the fight for digital sovereignty begins.

The Israeli Pirate Party, an unregistered but quasi-official political party, a collective of writers, programmers, artists, designers and other creatives, perceives this struggle as positing a simple but effective question: What is the Internet?

Occupy WiFi, the project we develop, is a public performance piece and hacktivism tool for the post-Snowden era. While government and corporate powers aspire to annihilate our public spaces, tracking, measuring and isolating us, the WiFi sphere is becoming our last free autonomous zone.

During our presentation, we will examine the many aspects of such protest, resistance and occupation: from conceptual and theoretical influences, to technological inspirations and political practices. Actual results, media attention, DIY guides, and future possibilities and developments will be discussed.
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Day 2 Part 1 of the ThinkTwice2 Conference 2014 at Istanbul Commerce University 30-31 August 2014

Speaker: Birgitta Jónsóttir
Party group leader in the Pirate Party Parliamentary group,
co-founder of the Pirate Party in Iceland. Chairman of the International Modern
Media Institute.

Title: What Role Should Pirate Parties Play in Digital Area Democracy?

One of the reasons the system that have been built around the core idea of
democracies are broken is because democracy does not work without an addon, the addon is citizens engagement, the addon is that the demo/people in democracy claim the power to participate in co-creation and ruling of their societies. The greatest challenge Pirates need to solve in order to have a meaningful role in the (r)Evolution of current system is figuring out and testing a new hardware with active voting systems such as liquid democracy that will result in total replacement of the false democracy model currently in place.

In order for these tests to work, it is necessary to do research into the
strengths and weaknesses of such a system, implementation and functionality to handle complex tasks in order to make the core value and responsibilities of democracy fully functional as a platform of citizens engagement and citizens co-creation of their societies. This model could pave way for self sustainable communities that would interlock with others creating a large model sometimes referred to as countries to joint policy on issues that impacts everyone in that zone.

There are four main pillars to build this hardware on and need to be the code of the software to be the first install: Information, Privacy, Expression, Access.

The Internet opened channels of communications and engagement and is a perfect tool to connect people, ideas and projects, share knowledge and experience. It however should not be used as an excuse to not apply the knowledge offline. It is a useful as a tool but not as a reality replacement. With easy access to the Internet, just about anybody can now technically engage in policy making and political debates. Is it possible to make those interconnections meaningful by moving them from the digital space into real social engagement in the physical realm?

There are already existing various direct democracy initiatives being played out on local and governmental levels through out the world, there are various co-operative communities working through out the world, there are various accountability projects and 100s of NGO´s working on usable solutions that can be used to map out successes and failures, and then launch a test pilot through the various networks of Pirates around the world. Liquid feedback needs to be developed further so that it is attractive to non geeks for daily influence and finally in order for power to be in the hands of the demo in democracy constitutions or any highest binding laws need to have encoded and embedded the right to have direct influence and the four pillars of shared power. So the constitution can still be considered the hardware for the demo in democracy, the pubic in the republic. This should be priority number one for those that want to make a real difference in politics for representatives should only be a role desired to make that role redundant in the long run.

Pirates can be a leading advocacy power in regard to advice in regard to those four legal and human rights pillars in our 21^st century legal framework, the end goal is not power but influence at various levels, achieving political influence should also be done via academia, ngo´s and media.


Speakers: Ass. prof. Altuğ Akın, ass. prof. Burak Doğu (Both Izmir University of Economics), graduate student Oral Gerek (Aegean University, Izmir),

Title: Topography of Media-related NGOs in Turkey: Causes, Sources and Cooperation

Turkey hosts a great number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in regards with the broadly defined field of media. From professional associations such as/The Press Council/to media monitoring organizations such as/Hrant Dink Foundation;/from academic research oriented associations such as/Communication Research Association/, to think-tanks such as/The Journalists and Authors’ Foundation/there are various organizations, associations, and platforms.

This research proposal, for the first time, seeks to outline the topography of the field of media-related NGOs based on a research designed within several parameters. The primary focus of the descriptive research will be on the causes of the NGOs along with the motivations guiding their strategies, operations and achievements as well as failures. Second part of this research will focus on their financial and organizational sources. Finally, relations of these NGOs with other initiatives will be investigated including their international cooperation.

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Day 1 Part 1 of the ThinkTwice2 Conference 2014 at Istanbul Commerce University 30-31 August 2014

Introduction by:
Asst. prof. Dr Arif Yıldırım


Speaker: Rico Brouwer
Bassplayer, guitarist, pirate. VCI. Works in ICT at office hours 
and beyond. Principal contact for editorial correspondence. Pirate Party Netherlands

Title: Commercial Threats to Financial Independence – and what to do with them

Financial institutions (banks) exert an ever increasing threat to 
personal freedom:- (Student) loans;- Mortgages;-       
State debt;- bail-out and bail-in measures.Work towards financial slavery of individuals.Credit crisis measures have accelerated this by not including bank reform. This paper argues principal steps by addressing a root cause.


Speaker: Richard Vickers, University of Lincoln, School of Media, Principal contact for editorial correspondence.

Title: The Educator’s New Clothes: Towards A Collaborative and Open Vision for Education In The 21st Century

Richard is currently Acting Deputy Head of the School of Media at 
the University of Lincoln. He became interested in the possibilities of interactive media back in 1994 and gained industry practice as a digital media producer. He worked on a broad range of web and interactive projects for commercial and arts organisations, before entering academia in 2000.

In 2013 the authors participated in a collaborative European teaching and learning project Media Culture 2020, with four European partner universities. 
The first object of the Media Culture 2020 project was to demonstrate what 21st century converged and interactive European Media Culture could be in comparison to the broadcasting based one-way 20th century European Media Culture. The second objective of this project was to break classroom and campus walls by creating open virtual learning environments where students from different countries and fields could explore and learn together. This project was also about developing flexible curricula that can quickly respond to a rapidly changing world. The ability of lifelong learning and working in multidisciplinary teams were the keys to professionalism we hoped to enhance with this project.

A video of the second phase of the project is available online:
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ThinkTwice2 2014 and Internet Governance Forum in one week from 30th August to 5th September 2014.
Why not come? If you want to excite us with a submission at the ThinkTwice2 2014, please do so here

Submission of papers here

Don't miss this opportunity to get two of the most important conferences this fall in one week in Istanbul.

ThinkTwice2 2014 is a cooperation between Pirate Parties International and Istanbul Commerce University

Thank you to +Pirate Times 

+Julia Reda is coming. Are you?
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Landslide win for the Pirate Party in Czech school elections

Very good news from +European Pirate Party, +Česká pirátská strana  and +Pirate Times 

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Landslide win for the Pirate Party in Czech school elections

Czech Pirates win EU elections for school students

School EU elections took place for students (over 15 years) in 254 secondary schools and colleges in Czech republic. In the elections the Pirates came out in first place with 19.19% of the votes.

In total more than 25.000 students older than 15 years laid their votes in the EU trial election. The election was enacted to mimic the real ones with ballot papers, screens and urns. The school election was arranged in 254 secondary schools and colleges over the country. The purpose of the student trial election is to increase young people’s interest in politics and, in the future, increase the number of first-time voters.

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We are rising. Expect us. We will not disappear. We will change the world to a better better place for all.
We are ready and prepared to represent you in the +European Parliament and even in the +European Commission. The latter with Amelia Andersdotter, Sweden, and Peter Sunde, Finland, nominated for the presidency.

See the posts on how they were obstructed from participating in the first European Commission debate, censored by +Euranet Plus - Official 

#borderless   #eudebate2014   #EUelections2014   #votepirate  

#pirateparty   #piraten   #pirata   #pirate  

From +Pirate Times 
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"The digital economy is one of our best hopes for boosting the global economy."

+World Economic Forum 

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"The digital economy is one of our best hopes for boosting the global economy." At an annual growth rate of about 10%, it is doing far better than the overall economy in developed countries.

What will it take to unleash its potential?
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PPI - Pirate Parties International
Pirate Parties International is a worldwide organization of Pirate Parties.

Pirate Parties International is a worldwide organization of Pirate Parties. Originally started in 2006 to coordinate the efforts of European Pirate Parties in running in elections for the European Parliament, it has grown to an international organization bringing together 40 Pirate Parties from 4 continents. The formal founding of the "PPI" took place in April 2010 at the international pirate conference in Brussels. It's aim is to to help establish, to support and promote, and to maintain communication and co-operation between pirate parties around the world.
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