ANTIPRISM : Fight Mass Surveillance

We are appalled to learn of the unprecedented surveillance of Internet users worldwide through PRISM and similar programmes. Blanket surveillance capabilities such as these, especially when implemented without citizens' scrutiny, seriously threaten the human rights to free speech and privacy and with them the foundations of our democracies.

Reflections of a Former Nominating Officer

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It's that time of year where people traditionally reflect on the past 12 months. Having recently stood down from the NEC, I've been reflecting on my time so far with PPUK. It's been an interesting journey, from initially volunteering to spend the odd hour working on the IT systems to the last couple of years as an elected officer on the NEC. Along the way, there have been a mix of good and bad times (I've made a number of new friends, been threatened with legal action and frequently had to learn new skills for the tasks I've picked up).

Recent events, highlighted especially on Christmas day by Edward Snowden's alternative speech, show that my reasons for joining & becoming an active member of the party remain. We need to keep (and step up!) campaigning on our core issues, lest we completely lose our rights to Privacy, Free Speech and everything associated with them.

'They can't brush this under carpet': Pirate Party leader demands end to Big Brother spying at Manchester rally

MM had the opportunity to catch up with leader of Pirate Party, Loz Kaye, following Sunday’s protest.

The exposure of mass surveillance and the UK’S role in it is just one of the forces behind Pirate Party’s presence at the Tory Party Conference.

Mr Kaye, now three years into his role as leader, said: “We are still a country with net curtains.

“This march was about highlighting mass surveillance and how with the Snooper’s Charter rejected, we have had a debate on false premises. It was a democratic choice that we didn’t really have."

Thursday, 3 October, 2013 - 01:00

Leaders Update - A New Year, Looking Backward and Forward

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I hope all of you have had a good break over the festive season. A new year's a good time to look back over the one just past and new challenges up ahead. 

In 2013 more than ever, our kind of politics dominated the news- surveillance, technology, democracy, privacy, whistleblowing, freedom of speech and the social media were constantly in focus.

In many ways 2013 was the year of “we told you so”. For some time now we've been warning about the state's constant calls for invading people's privacy. But even I was shocked by the true extent of mass surveillance revealed by the brave decision of Edward Snowden to blow the whistle. More than anything it has revealed that as far as GCHQ are concerned anything we say or do is fair game. In our country suspicion is now our way of life. 

EU Resolution passed refusing US access to SWIFT Bank Data

Friday, 25 October, 2013 - 14:30

The European Union lawmakers in Brussels approved a non-binding resolution on Wednesday, 23rd October 2013, that calls for anti-terrorism investigators based in America to have access to banking database named "SWIFT" revoked, following revelations surrounding the country and a spying culture. Documents provided by the whistle-blower Edward Snowden suggested that America has been abusing its power to access the global banking database to snoop on individuals within the European Union. The resolution passed with 280 votes for, and 254 votes against, with 30 abstentions.

Spy Agencies Target Address Books

Tuesday, 15 October, 2013 - 23:45

The NSA is collecting and storing millions of address books from individuals across the world, according to senior intelligence officials and the top-secret NSA documents leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

MI5 Head Tries To Shut Down PRISM Debate

Wednesday, 9 October, 2013 - 22:00

In his first public speech since taking over as head of the Security Service MI5 in April, Andrew Parker has claimed that public discussion of the reach and limits of GCHQ intercept capabilities hands an advantage to terrorists. While not specifically naming Edward Snowden, it's clear that he was hitting out at stories on PRISM and TEMPORA in the Guardian over recent months.

Pirate Party Leader Loz Kaye said:

Party: What happened to June?

The last month nearly killed our most active volunteers..

We have been working flat out on lots of our core issues including surveillance - with Prism, Tempora, Snowden - local government transparency, filtering and regulation as well as the usual stream of local issues.  Its been hard, but it has also been a lot of fun and, I know we managed to have an impact.  People have been writing to their MPs about Prism using our template and we have had many positive responses there too, its a start, people noticed, but there is more to do.

It has been great that orepur core issues have been so prominent in the press, fantastic that there has been a wider discussion about whistleblowing and mass surveillance, but we need to keep working to show that there is a better way.

Snowden and Asylum #EuropeFail

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After some days with an increasing number of rebuffs, it is now reported that Edward Snowden is being offered asylum by Venezuela and Nicaragua. It appears that the bizarre incident with Evo Morales' plane may have in fact had precisely the opposite effect to what the US administration was hoping for by provoking Latin American nations.

As I pointed out on Russia Today a few days back, while Europe fails to act, there are no good options for Edward Snowden. I said that I am not a fan of Venezuela, that is because its human rights record and authoritarian tendencies are very far from what the Pirate Party view is. No doubt if Snowden goes there, this will be used to attack him and the whole basis of the NSA revelations. But wherever he ends up, this does not change the importance of the story.  If European nations are not willing to offer him the protection he needs, the fault is ours, not his.

NSA Whistleblower Steps Forward - Are We Willing To Trade Freedom For Comfort?

Sunday, 9 June, 2013 - 21:00

The identity of the whistleblower behind the largest intelligence leak in the NSA's history has been released together with a video interview credited to Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras. In the video, Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old Systems analyst explains his motivations, intentions and the risks he now faces.

Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said: