[pp.int.general] Pirate Parties and Democracy/Freedom of Speech

Gagis wildfinn at gmail.com
Sat Jul 4 12:34:11 CEST 2009

I agree. Democracy and free speech belong in the agenda of Pirate Parties.

On Sat, Jul 4, 2009 at 1:17 PM, Ilya Kravtsov <aeroclub.ep at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey guys, Aeroclub from Russia here.
> Here at Pirate Party Russia we are working on our platform right now. And
> following the advice of our more succesful colleagues abroad, we are trying
> to keep the list of issues we are working on at minimum: copyright, privacy
>  and patents, of course. However, we have a major discourse now about the
> proposal to add another "pillar" to these three, namely the demand of
> democracy and free speech. As you know, the situation with these is pretty
> bad in Russia, but the real question is whether they should be included in
> the issues of a Pirate Party.
> The question of censorship is pretty close to that of privacy, and the
> anti-democratic measures taken by the Russian government also affect us
> directly (for example, to register an political party officially, we need to
> have local cells in at least the half of Russian prefectures with a minimum
> number of members of 500 at each of them; that makes it totally impossible
> for us to be registered officially under these rules, since only in the
> major urban hubs people have access to the internet, and geographically most
> of country is villages were nobody has ever seen a computer)...But are these
> in the scope of the pirate movement and don't they affect the "Left-right
> neutrality" conception? What do you guys think?
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