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Tuesday, 28 July, 2015 - 15:45

Under draconian new powers intended to be implemented by Lambeth Council on 17th August, you could be fined up to £1000 for buying or using perfume, paint, incense sticks, or any other 'intoxicating' substance in any public space within Lambeth.

Lambeth Council are seeking to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in order to crack down on the growing use of nitrous oxide (a legal high) in the borough and the associated litter and anti-social behaviour.

However, the PSPO defines Legal Highs as "Intoxicating substances (excluding alcohol) with the capacity to...

Snooping Law Found Illegal

Friday, 17 July, 2015 - 12:00

Controversial surveillance legislation that was pushed through Parliament in days has been found to be unlawful by the High Court. It was found that the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014 (DRIPA) failed to provide clear and precise rules to protect data and that the access is not authorised by a court and independent body.

The Democracy Interface: Time to upgrade?

Cris Chesha, Pirate Party UK leader and an IT industry veteran, believes that reshaping the core of digital technology itself can provide democratic emancipation. He explains that there is huge opportunity for technology to help address old problems that have, ironically, been accelerated by new technology: transparency, privacy, unequal ownership (of information) and inequality of access. One such opportunity, he says, is in developing the block chain, the encryption technology that is the basis of Bitcoin, the open-source currency. “The block chain is a means of storing information that cannot be hacked or altered,” says Chesha, “and because the information is decentralised and dispersed over a network, rather than accessed through one server, it is more robust.”

Friday, 10 July, 2015 - 12:00

The True Cost of the Budget

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"A National Living Wage, starting at £7.20 and rising to £9 an hour by 2020, replaces the £6.50 minimum wage." -- BBC News

Obviously, any increase in the minimum wage is somewhat welcome news, no matter how small.

But as manipulation goes, you've got to hand it to George: this is a 10/10. Appropriating a term & redefining it for your own purposes is standard; but to rebrand "minimum wage" into "living wage" (without actually meeting the evidentially calculated Living Wage, obviously) is a spectacular power-play in 2015. It's already everywhere: "Living Wage of £7.20". "Osborne introduces the National Living Wage".

Burying the old definition in search results, instantly. As utterly, almost hilariously clueless as the Tories are on some tech issues, they sure know their way around others.

Cameron calls on web firms to drop encryption for spies' sake

Cameron wants security services to read your private chats on social media by getting tech firms to drop encryption. The former leader of the Pirate Party, Loz Kaye, thinks Cameron’s anti-encryption moves are ill-thought out, and could spell disaster.

Friday, 3 July, 2015 - 14:45

Pirate Newsletter - July

Hello Pirates!

This is hopefully the first of a semi-regular "newsletter" letting you know what Piratey things people have been doing, and highlighting ways in which you can get more involved with the party. Whilst I have tried to put some sort of structure to this initially - it is *your* newsletter, and is meant to aid communication so please do let us know what's helpful, what's not - or what else you want included.

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