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New channel intro for the Pirate Party UK on youtube.

Pirate Party Elects New Leader

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At 10am this morning, Sunday 26th September, voting closed in the election for the new party leader after Andrew Robinson, our first leader, declared his intent to stand down.

The election initially had 4 candidates - Peter Brett, Loz Kaye, Graeme Lambert, and Eric Priezkalns, however Erc and Graeme withdrew before the end of the nominations period, meaning voting was between Peter Brett, Loz Kaye, and the Re-Open Nominations option.

The Pirate Party UK, One Year On

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Andrew Robinson writes:

Looking back on the last year, we've achieved some amazing things. We've turned a small web forum into a fully functioning political party. We've successfully contested a general election, and we've seen a swing of 0.3% in our favour, despite having an election budget that wouldn't cover a single poster site. Almost as importantly, we've steadily increased our membership numbers, and we've gained a lot of respect from both the media and our political rivals. We've resisted the temptation to shout a lot and wear eye-patches, and instead we've made sensible political arguments, even when this approach might gain us less publicity. We are well placed to put in a good performance in next year's elections, particularly in Scotland, where the proportional system will help us have a bigger impact.

The True Effects of the Digital Economy Bill

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Yet more data has come to light supporting the Pirate Party's opposition of the Digital Economy Bill (DEB). Not only will it fail to reduce piracy, but it will drive pirates to even more sophisticated and harder-to-monitor technologies.

The most recent nail in the coffin of this misguided legislation has been supplied by UK ISP TalkTalk.A survey of their customers revealed that 80% of 18-34 year olds would simply seek out new - and as yet undetectable - ways to download, and felt that they would be more likely to commit online piracy if the Bill were to become law.

World Day Against Cyber Censorship

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Tomorrow (12th March) Reporters Without Borders will be celebrating World Day Against Cyber Censorship. While the UK is not on Reporters Without Borders' list of "Enemies of the Internet," we should not be complacent.

Internet censorship affects over 95% of UK Internet users with most of us unaware of it. Nearly all of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) filter all their web traffic using the Internet Watch Foundation's (IWF) blacklist without notification or consent. The IWF is a non-government, non-regulated body whose remit is to block access to sites allegedly containing child abuse images or racist material. Whilst this is a noble goal, it is far from a perfect system.

Robinson on the Digital Economy Bill

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 Pirate leader Andrew Robinson was interviewed by Russia Today about the Digital Economy Bill

Andrew Robinson interview

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Pirate leader Andrew Robinson has been interviewed on Simply Syndicated, where he discusses Mandelson's Digital Economy Bill.

Robinson on Radio 4's Click On

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Pirate Party leader Andrew Robinson was interviewed on the radio 4 programme Click On this Monday, discussing how the Pirate Party got started and where it's going. Until next Monday, you can listen to it on the BBC iPlayer; the segment begins at 6:15.