US legislators are urged to drop SOPA

Closer to home, Loz Kaye, the leader of the UK Pirate Party, warned that SOPA would not only affect the internet as Americans know it, but the internet as a whole.

"SOPA is an attack on the very heart of how the Internet functions. Such sweeping draconian legislation threatens any kind of share-content site on the web. It should give sponsors of the bill pause for thought that even such major companies as Google, Yahoo and Facebook have been vocal in their opposition," he said in a statement to the INQUIRER.

Monday, 21 November, 2011 (All day)

Pirates at the 8th Annual Parliament and Internet Conference

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Pirates at the 8th Annual Parliament and Internet Conference

2nd November 2013 17:06 | by Stephen Ogden

This week two delegates (Governors Harley faggetter and Stephen Ogden) from the Pirate Party UK attended the Eighth Annual Parliament and Internet Conference on 31st October. The event, held by the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum (PICTFOR) which is the leading all-party group in the technology sector in the Houses of Parliament, was attended by parliamentarians, regulators, delegates from technology industries, public interest groups and many more.

The Guardian: Pirate Bay's 10th birthday is a milestone for internet freedom

Loz Kaye writes in Comment is Free.

An internet milestone has just been reached: Pirate Bay has passed its 10th anniversary. The iconic/notorious site (pick your adjective)celebrated with a party just outside Stockholm. Who knows, perhaps entertainment bosses were simultaneously weeping into their champagne and plotting new action against their favourite enemy. The filesharing hub is arguably the most famous of all sites providing access to torrent files and magnet links to allow peer-to-peer sharing. If that means nothing to you, it's like being able to swap those tapes you made of Radio 1 chart shows with anyone in the world.

Monday, 12 August, 2013 - 11:00

Opinion: The Genie Is Out of the Bottle

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There are some people who will tell you that technology is "morally neutral"; they will tell you that it's only what we do with the technology which has a moral impact.

This is not necessarily true.

It is not only naive but verging on irresponsible to assume that all technology is a purely positive force - technology does not exist in a vacuum, it is not the result of spontaneous generation.  All technology is designed, and it is designed with the biases of those who design it.

Concerns over Royal Charter role in the Internet

Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 - 17:45

The proposed Royal Charter establishing a new press watchdog system has now been published. This follows the Leveson Inquiry in to the culture, practice and ethics of the press. Concerns have been raised about the Royal Charter's effect on the Internet and bloggers, and potential attempts to regulate reporting on the Internet.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Opinion: Rethinking the Internet

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There is a joke from where I come from: A man is out lost wandering on Dartmoor desperately trying to get home. Eventually he comes across a farm. He asks the farmer “how do you get to Plymouth from here?” The farmer replies “I wouldn't start from here if I were you.”

  I didn't say it was a good joke. But it is good advice for rethinking the Internet.   

Deep Web, Deep Privacy

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By Conrad Jaeger:

Tell someone that you know how to go off-radar on the Internet and, as a rule, they won’t believe you. They imagine shadowy intelligence agencies have state-of-the-art technology and can see everything you do. But they would be wrong.

No doubt they do have amazing technology, but it is perfectly possible to hide yourself on the Internet, to send and receive emails that nobody can intercept or read, to upload and download securely, to visit banned websites, blog anonymously, and do anything you want without being followed, profiled or analysed. Those that know how use the Deep Web.

A Politics for Open Networks

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Networks – Connections

The essence of a network is its connections and, indeed, the multiplicity of those connections. While there are many ways of networking (putting up a card in the newsagent’s window still works fine!) we can not avoid at this point of the 21st century that the network of networks is the Internet.

The joy of the world wide web is its very… webbyness.

Instead of straight lines many co-joining and splitting filaments, this is inherent in not only its architecture but also in the way we use it.

The Pirate Bay Proxy, an Open Internet and Censorship.

The Pirate Party UK has hosted a proxy (, allowing people to connect to the Pirate Bay via Pirate Party servers since the 19th of April 2012.  We provided the proxy as a tool for users on networks where the Pirate Bay is blocked through filtering, and in support of our sister party in the Netherlands.  It continues to be a legitimate route for those affected by court orders issued to some (but not all) UK ISP's requiring the site to be blocked. Whilst some providers continue to allow access to the web in an unfiltered manner, others are limiting access to specific parts of the internet.

To date our proxy has seen in excess of 10 million hits, with almost 2 million additional visitors making use of the proxy each day, more than 5 GigaBytes of data (but not content) has been transferred in the last 24 hours alone. 

Axe the Act

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The Pirate Party is constantly working hard to protect the rights of citizens across the country. From the outset we have been vocal critics of the Digital Economy Act. The Act was forced through in the dying days of a discredited parliament and survived a judicial review. It has seen popular opposition and objection from business, it has been rejected by those who it will have an impact on as well as those who must enforce it.

The Law now is still as bad as now as when it was first proposed.