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Everyone is part of the digital economy

Sunday, 23 August, 2015 - 12:15

Due to the continued secrecy around the Trans-Atlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) many around the UK do not yet understand how dangerous such a deal is and the ways in which it would impact them.

A day of action took place yesterday and representatives of the Pirate Party attended the 38 Degrees Anti-TTIP demonstration in Salford & Eccles to drag these negotiations into the light.

We already know that TTIP proposes to "harmonise" (aka deregulate) Europe to fit in with the USA. An every-day effect we would see is in our food. In Europe any substance placed into...

Pirate Newsletter - August

Hello Pirates!

It might be the height of summer, but there still seems to have been a fair amount happening in the Pirate Party - so do please read on to find out more.

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.

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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