Fresko wrote:Hi all,
I live in Shropshire, and an IT Security Analyst. (OK, my real job is a penetration tester - no laughing at the back please ).
I have signed up to the party because I want to try to do more to advance Citizen's and Digital Rights, Online Free Speech, the Right to Privacy (online or otherwise) and to a lesser extent, Libel Reform. I would also be interested in revisiting the extradition treaty that we currently have with the US, and to this end have written a few times to various MPs in support of Gary McKinnon and Richard O'Dwyer, along with another on the subject of the Digital Economy Act. I also participate in 38 Degrees campaigns. I have a strong belief in the power of individuals to bring about real change. (This was confirmed when I saw the result of riotcleanup. I saw the hashtag appear on twitter the night of the London riots and set up riotcleanup.co.uk from Shropshire. It proved to me the affect that concerned folk can affect change in cities across the nation, without necessarily being 'on the ground'.). In addition to this, I had server capacity and bandwidth on standby to host the main Occupy site when it all blew up over there had there been any attempt at censorship in the US. I am also in the process of setting up a Tor exit node.
I do not agree with the current definition of 'Terrorism', and the laws that have grown up around to support that which effectively erode our right to privacy and if allowed to continue to their logical conclusion, will create a society that will be unpleasant to live in.
I seek a repeal of the snooping laws, particularly the digital monitoring, (BT and TalkTalk, to their credit, took this as far as they could - although I suspect this was a cost decision rather than being opposed to it for other reasons). This might prompt you to think that I support the killing of innocents and explosions. No. I believe the correct way to address 'Terrorism' is a decent (as in proper, or suitable) and mature Foreign Policy that addresses the root cause of Terrorism that doesn't provide otherwise normal people with a reason to hate the West, rather than simply trying to paper over the cracks by finding radicals via invading the entire society's privacy.
This aversion to the killing of innocents also extends to the wars that are promoted and carried out under our names in various parts of the world to under the guise of stabilising regimes. A ideal example of this is the British Establishment's behaviour in Bahrain - please see Adam Curtis' excellent blog for details.
I would like to see a national campaign to educate people and alert them to the fact that you ARE allowed to take photographs and film in public spaces. A quick glance at youtube will show you that there are any number of companies who think it's right and proper to send their employees out to hassle photographers on the street because, 'you are not allowed to take photographs of our building'.
I hope I haven't been too forward with my beliefs and that it will not come to bite me on the bottom in the future, and that your site is (somewhat) resistant to Black Hats
PhOG wrote:Hi my name is Tony, I'm from Glasgow and am 24.
PhOG wrote:What has prompted me to join this forum is the recent court ruling to attempt to "ban" the pirate bay. I'm sure everyone here agrees that DNS filtering is a joke and will pose no problem for anyone (as a relatively tech savvy linux user who has been using OpenDNS for ages already, the "ban" won't affect me at all), but I'm sure people here will also agree that it is a very ominous sign.
PhOG wrote:The amount of pressure coming from the copyright industry seems like it is just going to keep on pushing, keep chipping away at the policy makers, until we end up with no privacy, fully censored internet with deep packet inspection of every piece of information we send and receive.
I'm 47 years old and a long time supporter of both copyright/patent reform as well as the freedom of the internet and use of open source software across Government departments. I've recently engaged my MP in discussion regarding the use of OSS in government and was surprised to have been referred to the consultation document for comment.
Whilst I accept the need for protecting the IP of individuals and organisations, the relentless march of corporate copyright holders upon Government and legislation, under the pretence of protecting individuals rights whilst in reality only protecting their own antiquated business models and profits makes a travesty of the UK political system and it is high time that such influence and practices were ended.
I have a history in Trade Union activity, having served at a high level in one of the largest Trade Unions in Europe for 18 years until 2000 and hope to, someday, be able to make a worthwhile contribution to furthering the aims and policies of PPUK.
I'm Tom, 28 years old. Currently working in a finance job, but have recently started studying for an IT degree at the OU.
I'm getting fed up with politicians who are technologically unaware and plan broad sweeping, critically flawed, legislation infringing upon our privacy because an entertainment industry doesn't want to change its business model.
wookey wrote:Quick Intro.
Wookey, (yes that is my whole name). Long time interest in Free Software, digital rights. Heavily involved in the software patent fight in Europe in mid-2000s. Embedded/ARM linux developer since 1999, Debian Developer since 2000. Absolutely opposed to the idea that government monopolies on software concepts are handed out, overlong copyright terms, the idea that sharing and format-shifting are bad, and enforced ISP-filtering (I was shocked to find out that was even possible). Generally a huge fan of the power of enthused individuals, coupled by easily-accessible data to get things done, and of open standards.
Amusingly, although I work exclusively on free-software for a non-profit consortium (Linaro) I am paid by an 'IP company' (ARM) that makes a lot (some might say obscene) amount of money from their ability to sell designs rather than hardware. To be fair they have done a very good job of doing this largely without being wankers about it, and serve as a interesting example of a 'good' business model enabled by patents on intangibles as well as copyright. On the other hand they do have a few egregious patents which serve as shocking examples of things that really shouldn't be allowed. I think this gives me a reasonably balanced view of the issues of 'IP' in computing.
I'm also a member of the FSF-Europe's 'Freedom task force' group of mostly lawyers and some geeks, providing free software legal advice, and ORG.
We face an uphill struggle here in the UK, where the people in power are a lot more interested in making money than in society, and are largely clueless about the efficiencies of openness. At least we do have an example they can understand these days (the 'net), but it needs protecting from the natural desires of some people, especially businesses, to make bits proprietary, and add backdoors without reasonable scrutiny. In the long term, that's a very bad plan.
Rednic wrote:Hi...umm... I'm 23, I live down in Devon, am a long time internet user, and to be honest, the way things are going, I'm becoming a little scared by the degree to which the internet is being, in many ways, threatened. I am not very smart, I'm unemployed and on benefits, I used to do drama and failed a couple IT courses. I've not seen much of the Pirate Party down here, but the goal seems reasonable, and the current parties aren't likely to do much, so I guess if I'm going to fly anyone's flag, yours is the one I would want to. Sorry if this post seems ill-informed, but, well, as I said, I'm not very smart.
azrael wrote:Welcome Rednic! Yes, it is scary how under threat the internet (as it is now) and our freedom are. We are not as big as we like or need to be, which is why you have not seen much of us locally to you. Don't be so down on yourself, you are smarter than all of those who are burying their heads and ignoring these important issues. As said we are small, but with help from people like you we are growing. I hope we can rely on your help?
Rednic wrote:azrael wrote:Welcome Rednic! Yes, it is scary how under threat the internet (as it is now) and our freedom are. We are not as big as we like or need to be, which is why you have not seen much of us locally to you. Don't be so down on yourself, you are smarter than all of those who are burying their heads and ignoring these important issues. As said we are small, but with help from people like you we are growing. I hope we can rely on your help?
I don't know what help I can be, but if there ever is some way I can support you down here in Exeter, I certainly would like to. Thanks for the warm welcome.
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