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Pirate Party to stand in local elections

TT/The Local · 13 Aug 2009, 08:25

Published: 13 Aug 2009 08:25 GMT+02:00

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A decision to run in both local and national elections was taken by the party and announced by party leader Rick Falkvinge in an opinion article in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper on Thursday.

"The Pirate Party aims to change legislation on a global scale to encourage the growth of the information society, a society which is characterized by diversity and openness," he writes.

"The Pirate Party is needed to protect citizens' integrity and private lives against surveillance-minded and information-gathering populist authorities, even on a local political level," he continues, citing public transport registration of passenger movements and libraries requiring identification to search for information, as examples.

The party wants, among other initiatives, to introduce open source software in schools and authorities to improve national security, and expand the public right of access to information.

Falkvinge underlined that only the sharpest minds will be selected to represent the party in local government elections.

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The party leadership plans to put pressure on local organisations to ensure that only quality candidates are allowed to run.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:35 August 13, 2009 by kaze
Surely with the pirate bay sell out they will have lost a lot of steam?
13:37 August 13, 2009 by eZee.se
They were never really "connected" to TPB but are needed more than ever if TPB shutters its doors.

A more open and just internet, better privacy (so i dont have to pay $5 a month on my internet bill for my VPN connection) and saner copyright laws (which should result in less corruption (TPB raid, TPB judge), unjust laws (ipred) etc).

They got at least 4 votes from me and my family.

13:44 August 13, 2009 by bob3000
So the mission statement gets subtly re-aligned;

"The party wants, among other initiatives...authorities to improve national security...", how things change, rebels become part of the establishment.

and so it begins;

-Pirate® Party samarbete med EMI, Warners & Sony
17:25 August 13, 2009 by eZee.se
@Bob, you cant _real_ political change from the outside...
01:18 August 14, 2009 by bob3000

Totally agree. Also seems difficult to get it from inside as well.
04:27 August 14, 2009 by DavidtheNorseman
kaze, I think the PirateBayGate has politically activated a whole new generation who see the possibilities for abuse of the Internet more clearly than many of us Elders......

Funnily enough I don't think the greedy music execs had any idea they would become the flash point for the first genuinely 21st Century political movement......

More power to them if they can limit or stop the move to the Nightmarish future of Ayn Rand's "Anthem"........
22:23 June 14, 2012 by alecLoTh
In an information age, a party like this is not only prudent, it is detrimental so a livable co-existence of society and technology is achievable and controllable.

It would be nuts leaving politicians who have no clue to decide things for a populace who understand the technology better than they do.
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