Here is an interesting one as it seem the German arm of the International Pirate Party won a momentous victory in last week’s Berlin state elections, taking 15 seats the Internet activist group did in a regional parliament. Internet and politics, what a combination as the group was originally founded to promote privacy, free speech (an interesting dichotomy when placed together) , data protection and get this file sharing online! By walking away with 8.9 percent of the vote, they beat out chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partner the Free Democrats who were able to only capture a mere 2 percent. Wow what a message as with this win under their belts, the German Pirate Party will now have government funding behind them as well as a say in parliamentary matters. As this means that 15 of the 130 seats in Berlin’s parliament will be filled by “Pirates” and while still a minority, they are an interesting one at that.
As while the “Pirates” begun as a way to promote their agendas as well as fight for file sharing and data protection on the Internet, the party’s remit has now expanded to include education and citizens’ rights, along with ambitions to revamp patent and copyright rules. They even seem to have their sights set plans for expanding “free” (is there really such a thing?) wireless Internet.
This is clearly the biggest win for the “Pirates” to date since the European elections back in 2009, when their founding cousin organization, being the Swedish version of the party which was founded in 2006, to had won a seat in the European parliament. From there, it was only a year later that the global coalition of Pirate Parties International was then officially formed as an entity in Brussels.
However one of the interesting pieces worth noting is the message from Swedish party founder Rick Falkvinge who left a message for his German Pirate Party supporters in a blog post. As Falkvinge wrote, “we all stand shoulder to shoulder in fighting for the next generation—one of us succeeding is all of us succeeding.” Continuing on with, “Tomorrow, people will look to your success, and the movement will grow yet more. You are the source of inspiration for the next wave of civil liberties activists.”
As least we think as Americans this isn’t coming it is, as the bulk of the “Baby Boomers” either die off or become disabled (both physical and technologically) thus unable to vote there will be a new world order as the minority will over night become the majority. This new “order” is tech savvy and believes in the “literal” freedom of information meaning old economic models will die and fast, along with companies which haven’t found their way to new high ground….