Koen De Voegt

After Paris - First meeting of the PPI board.

I don't think I'm too far off the mark when I say that the Pirate Party here, and Pirates around the world are looking forward to seeing changes in the PPI. After years of division and problems I think many of us are unsure as to whether that change is even possible. We've been concerned about the direction of the PPI, its role, even its ability to manage itself, I've been worried about the people leading the organisation and those involved in shaping its direction. Well, it may be early days, but it feels like something may have changed.

How people work together is important, taking a look at that was part of the reason I attended today's board meeting. I won't claim it was perfect, or even that there might not be a few problems on the board, but at the same time it seems like PPI board has some solid new members who are keen and able.

Liam Dolman : Day two of the Pirate Parties International Conference

So after a long day of bureaucracy, voting the PPI conference is finally over.  

For the formal GA, it seemed that 22 parties were present in the room, or as remote delegates (growing to 23 later - but we'll come to that).  That list included the Pirate Parties of Australia, Belarus, Belgium,  Brazil, Catalonia, Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Khazakstan, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and United Kingdom. So whilst its a diverse group PPI continues to be overrepresented from the Parties in and around Europe.

The morning was occupied by discussions and votes intended to establish if the current General Assembly was legitimate and decide whether  it was announced within the correct time frame. Ultimately those present accepted Gregory Engles' explanations and his apology, not everyone was happy with the result, but it it allowed the conference to move on.

A bright point was two new parties, Norway and Costa Rica applying to become Ordinary Members, with an additional party applying for membership after the deadline. The room voted to admit the Pirate Party of Norway into PPI and deferred the applications of the Second Pirate Party of Greece and the Pirate Party of Costa Rica to the next Assembly because there was a feeling that the information provided was insufficient. So, halfway through the conference, the PPI family was a little larger than it had been at the beginning.

The meeting then proceeded to the Board reports to the membership. Gregory Engles, PPI Board Co-Chair, failed to produce a written report once again but gave a verbal report detailing a failed application to WIPO, the abandonment of an international press platform due to communication difficulties and the pinning of blame of PPIs financial situation onto the previous treasurer, but more on that later. Fortunately, It was not all doom and gloom as there has been some successes such as the think twice conference and Gregory committing himself to produce an official report in the coming weeks. A little preparation and planning would have been appreciated, it usually prevents... problems.