Sensible Internet policy platform from the German Pirate Party


13 Responses to “Sensible Internet policy platform from the German Pirate Party”

  1. nowimnothing says:

    I am always amazed, considering how libertarian and individual-centered the U.S. is, that something like this just does not seem to resonate with the general population. Maybe it is just the age of most libertarians here. There does seem to be a new wave of libertarianism within Generation Y, so perhaps it will be a bit more technologically literate.

    • Dan Hibiki says:

       As far as I can tell, the only Politician that actually has libertarian ideals is Ron Paul, and he was laughed out of the running by fellow Republicans.

      the rest just say Libertarian sounding things to get elected and proceed to suppress personal freedoms and improve their own profits.

    • “Libertarianism” in the US is code for slavery. The Right has no sense of irony.

    • Simon Péter says:

      Though generally libertarian politicians with no known stance on IP laws could still approach the issue from the logic of “what is good for Disney is good for the country”, and from an “Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?” question.

    • nowimnothing says:

      To be clear I was referring to libertarian in the philosophical sense rather than the U.S. political one.

  2. Theo Grace says:

    I love the idea of free, open, safe and unbiased internet. But declaring that you are going in for “No online surveillance” sounds like a good way to ensure all your policies are ignored. Sometimes surveillance is necessary. Terrorism and child porn are used as an excuse, but they exist and must be accounted for, how about a policy of no surveillance without just cause, where just cause is the assumption that if you wouldn’t surveil a person in real life you wouldn’t surveil them online, but where evidence is present…

    But otherwise this sounds like a utopia, if only the UK government had a chance of ever having a decent stance on the internet.

    • ocker3 says:

       I wish I could trust my government (or in fact any large body) to not abuse, leak from, or mess up any large-scale online surveillance project

      • Theo Grace says:

        I wish I could trust my government (or in fact any large body) to ONLY abuse online surveillance, at least hen we’d know where governments are abusing our trust. I long for the day when MP’s understand their job description “The UK public elects Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.” Yes to represent the concerns of the governed, not decide what those concerns should be! I would sacrifice my internet freedoms for a government that did that, but I fear in today’s society the only way to be fairly represented is on the internet, that fair and free place where… oh.

  3. wysinwyg says:

    Dude, today’s BoingBoing is filling me with pure squee.  Are you guys trying to put the greasy peccadilloes behind you and get back to the wonderful things?

  4. Bradley Hall says:

    I’ll have to check this thing out.

  5. confu says:

    Here in Germany we (at least me and most of my friends) always have a controversial discussion wether the pirates are able to cope with the “bigger” political issues aka foreign affairs, finanial crisis in the EU etc., since they have no serious agenda for those problems.

    But even if they aren´t, I´m glad to have them in the German Parliament as an opposition party to keep an eye on the internet policies, the media / copyright lobbyists or the strange “general suspicion” behaviour of the collecting societies like GEMA or those copyright trolling lawyers.

    (Almost every second youtube video linked on BB is blocked in Germany because it “could POSSIBLY (not proven) contain music for which GEMA didn´t concede the music rights” … And I do not refer to videos named as “artist xy – song yz – official video” but rather homemade vids, like instructions or vids about kittens or squirrels with a barely hearable radio running in the background and stuff like that.)

    And reasonable internet policies are a “big” issue nowadays, but the bigger parties still have certain difficulties to adopt an unambiguous position.
    But that is a matter of time, I think.

    I´m glad they uncovered and made an issue out of ACTA, CETA, IPRED and their equivalents to keep them from passing without anyone ever noticing.

  6. paco229 says:

    Surveillance??? who said surveillance?

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