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Monday, 22 May, 2017 - 14:30

Hot on the heels of news stories about how big money bought influence in the Brexit referendum and how money was channelled into "Psyops" to manipulate the result comes a breaking story about how the Tory Party is attempting to influence what news people see when they search or information about the...

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The Price of Justice

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The government tell us that 7 million people in this country share files. It's hard to find any precise data on how many individual files each one of those people are sharing, but 100 seems like a fairly conservative guess.

In the Digital Britain report, the government also tell us that they want to reduce file sharing by 70% within a year. Leaving aside the obvious question of why they don't commit to a 100% target if they really think that file sharers are doing something morally wrong, let's look at what would be involved in reaching their target.

Getting to Know You

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Imagine what happens when you take 500 strangers, throw them into a room, and get them to co-operate on performing a big task.  Well, there is no need to imagine, because that is exactly what is happening with this party (except we're not in a room, unless it's a chatroom).

We all understand that having lots of enthusiastic individuals is not the same as having an effective team.  In a good team, people restrain their personal instincts and do the best job they can for the team. 


Opinion: Pirate Party Claims of Using Common Sense Under Investigation by Parliamentary Standards Committee

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I am writing this to answer a question that has been raised on our forums and I would like to answer it publicly as there can be no doubt about what our goals and aims are and, more importantly in this case, aren't. 

Now, while the ideal of allowing all images to be legal may seem appealing in an idealistic sense, there has to be some use of moral sense. The Obscene Publications Act should not be hamstrung by introducing a contradictory and obviously flawed law.  A seemingly innocuous statement like "possession of images of any kind should not be illegal" implies that  we also want to legalise obscene images.  Not the easiest claim to refute if we go down that road.

Volunteers with Key Skills

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I recently saw the bio-pic 'Che' where Benicio Del Toro plays revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara. Putting military metaphors aside, what struck home was that any mass movement needs more than volunteers and enthusiasm to succeed. It also needs organization and resources. In fact, it needs the right organization and the right resources. In the film, Guevara is presented as more than just a passionate idealist. He is also a talented organizer. In one scene, Guevara berates a junior officer for not scheduling the relief for a watch, hence leaving two soldiers on guard all night long. In another scene, Guevara interviews a new recruit, and having judged how to use her talents, he gives her the important job of making collections from nearby farmers. Several times in the movie, we see Guevara talking to his troops about the importance of learning to read and write, so they have the skills they need to tell fact from fiction and can learn to do more than shooting guns and carrying equipment. We can be thankful we still live in a democratic society, and that our struggle will be fought with words and not bullets. Even so, we need the same approach of being disciplined and organized, because we face hostility and entrenched opposition to our goals.

Spotify: good for labels, bad for musicians

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Over at the Guardian, Helienne Lindvall writes that if Spotify is successful, the music industry stands to make lots of money, but musicians won't get much of it:

No wonder the majors speak so highly of Spotify – they receive 18% of shares in the online streaming service. It's just a pity that artists won't get to see any of this.