With great power comes great accountability: The hearing of the new EU Commission

Next week, the European Parliament will be questioning the 26 nominees for the new European Commission – an important task, as the new Commission cannot take up its work before parliament has approved the new team of officials. But is one week of hearings enough to make up one’s mind about which direction the EU […]

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Invitation: 1st EU Liquid Democracy Meetup – Nov 29

Calling all architects of the democracy of the 21st century!

Liquid Democracy could be the next step in the evolution of democratic decision-making. Today’s technology for the first time allows us to empower all people by radically increasing their opportunities to participate – in a way that could work for everyone.

Liquid Democracy is the idea for […]

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Invitation: Cultural Heritage in a Digital Europe – Nov 11, 2014

Europe is proud of its rich cultural heritage, which is currently being celebrated during the European Heritage Days.

Institutions like museums, libraries and archives play critical and rightly well-respected roles in society. The digital revolution has brought new challenges to these institutions. Too often, they face technical and contractual barriers to the digitalization, access, use […]

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Not in our name: Creators for PirateBay’s Peter Sunde

PirateBay co-founder Peter Sunde may only be allowed to attend his father’s funeral in handcuffs. People from the film industry – directors, actors, screenwriters, authors, producers – produced a video today to send their heartfelt support and declare: This is not done to you in our name.

There are many of us in the global film […]

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EU Commission internet policy appointments are misguided

Commenting on the new EU commission presented today, Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament for the German Pirate Party, says:

«It is encouraging to see digital issues taking a prominent position in the new Commission. However, I cannot expect much from Commissioners Oettinger and Ansip, who will be in charge of internet policy. The […]

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RD002 – Back to School

Episode 2 of Reda’s Digest is out! The Podcast starts out in German, the English version follows after the chapter mark at minute 19. In this episode, I will introduce my team and report on what I did in the summer break.

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How special interests are gearing up to obstruct European copyright reform

Digital frontiers within the EU could be dismantled if copyright is unified across Europe – a proposal that thousands of Europeans recently voiced in an EU consultation. This prospect is raising alarms at rightsholders’ and distributors’ associations. They have begun to take steps to obstruct it.

Currently, European Commission President Juncker is in the process […]

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“Prison is a bit like copyright”, says jailed Pirate Bay founder

Västervik Norra prison

It’s a summer day in one of Sweden’s most popular holiday areas, but I’m not here to enjoy the sunshine. I’m about to go to jail.

Västervik Norra, a medium-security prison for 255 inmates on the Eastern shore of Sweden, is not a friendly place, rather at odds with its surroundings. The waiting room is […]

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Pirate Party MEP goes to jail to visit Pirate Bay founder Peter Sunde

Västervik, Sweden – Ahead of her visit with Peter Sunde, the co-founder of the file sharing site The Pirate Bay currently imprisoned in Västervik Norra prison later today, MEP Julia Reda (Pirate Party of Germany) states:

“The tactic of draconian deterrence against file sharing has failed!”

“I am visiting Peter Sunde in prison today to […]

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The EU was expecting a few hundred replies. Thousands flooded in. They reveal a deep divide.

Before making laws on complex matters, the European Commission may ask the public for input. Most such consultations get anywhere from dozens to a few hundred replies. They come mostly from the kinds of people who get paid for filling out forms: lobbyists, industry representatives, national governments, etc. But this time was different.

Late last […]

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