Rebecca is a member of the Press Team, and has been involved in Pirate politics since 2014.
She first became interested in issues of copyright, information sharing, remix culture and online freedoms after supporting the documentary TPB AFK on Kickstarter in 2010 and researching the ideas behind it. She discovered the existence of the newly-founded Pirate Party UK, but didn't get involved until she moved to London in 2014 and was encouraged on Twitter to join up with the London branch meet-ups.
In January 2015, Rebecca wrote an article for the inaugural issue of the revived, digital-first London Student entitled 'Should the Pirate Party be the party of the digital generation?', which was cross-posted to the Pirate Party London blog. She also covered the PPUK's crowdsourced manifesto from a student perspective for LS15, a regular feature focused on young people's thoughts on politics in the run-up to the 2015 General Election.
During the 2015 General Election, Rebecca got involved by delivering leaflets around the South London area and helping to run the PPUK stall at a hustings in Vauxhall. In 2017, she decided to become more active in the party again and volunteered to join the Press Team.
Rebecca has a Masters in Interactive Journalism from City University London and a degree in Chinese Studies from Cambridge University. By day, she is a journalist and copywriter; by night, she volunteers as a member of the Organization for Transformative Works and blogs about digital journalism and new media.
Before becoming involved with the Pirate Party, Rebecca supported left-leaning political parties such as the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats. She ultimately chose to join the Pirate Party because its core values of copyright reform, safeguarding digital and civil liberties, opposing surveillance and fighting for a free and open internet aligned with the issues closest to her heart. She also enjoys being part of a smaller, more closely-knit community where it's easier to get involved with party activities and help shape the party's direction in a tangible way. Not to mention the opportunity for Pirate puns.