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Friday, 14 July, 2017 - 10:15

Board of Governors 2017 By-Election Summary

Samuel Mills, Noah Stride and Jeb Hedges are declared elected after counting 20 ballots using ERS97 STV. There were 5 candidates for 3 seats (including RON).

Detailed Results:

There were zero spoilt (aka empty) ballots cast and 20 valid ballots cast across the 5 candidates.

The bar charts below show the vote counts for each candidate in each round.

Yellow – Votes carried over from previous round
Green – Votes received in this round
Red – Votes transferred away in...

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David A Elston

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.

RMS talks to the Pirate Party UK

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For nearly everyone reading this post, rms will need no introduction, so I'll just say that if it wasn't for Richard M. Stallman we wouldn't have GNU, the Free Software Foundation or the GPL.

A while back, rms published an article about the implications of the Swedish Pirate Party's proposal for a 5 year copyright duration on the GPL, in which he proposed a system of source code escrow.

Homophobia will not be tolerated in this party

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One of the first things I read this morning was #comment-100001234" mce_href="http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technology/paulcarr/100003013/no-wonder-some-people-are-against-intellectual-property-protection-they-dont-have-any-intellect-to-protect/comment-page-1/#comment-100001234" target="_blank">this blog in the Telegraph. While the author is clearly interested in having the sort of rational, well thought out debate about issues that we as a party are trying to encourage, instead he makes this very serious point: "Glance through the comments on any post or news article about the issue and you’ll find a reference to the fact that Mandelson is gay, as if this somehow affects his ability to tell right from wrong."

I would like to point out that the Pirate Party UK's blogs are an exception, and I've never seen any evidence of homophobia by party members. I also want to say this very firmly: "We absolutely will not tolerate homophobic statements by any party member."

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The changes to the forum, a clarification of earlier.

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As our member numbers have grown over the last week or so the party has reached the point where we can provide the benefits of membership we promised. Previously policy discussion was publicly available to comment on but now detailed policy discussion will be restricted to the members of the party. Members can now take their role in help shape the party as we go forward.

Non-members aren't going to be left out of the loop, you're the people we're trying to convince to vote for us! Regular summaries etc will become public as policy is finalised.

Luckily it isn't hard to become a Pirate Party UK member so you can easily join in on the debate.

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