Social Media

Adrian Farrel : Why Responding to Terrorism with Curtailed Digital Freedom is Wrong

It is hard for anyone to continue the political debate in the aftermath of the events of Monday 22nd may in Manchester. Our thoughts are all occupied with concern for all those affected, and with love for our own children.

But one of the objectives behind this sort of attack is to disrupt our political system, to damage democracy, and cause us to change our way of life. The intention is to instil fear into us all, to cause us to hide and become hostile, to make us different from the open and culturally diverse nation that we are. It is important, as a way to mitigate this attack, that we strengthen the political debate and act to preserve our freedoms, rights, and civil liberties. We cannot bring back those who were killed, and we can only hope that the wounds, both physical and psychological, heal with time, but we can show the terrorists that we will not allow them to take our society down.

Several questions that are close to the centre of Pirate Party politics need to be addressed immediately. They are fundamental to the debate about freedom and yet appear to offer direct methods to reduce the likelihood of future attacks.

1. Information on how to make bombs is available online

It is true that all manner of very horrible things can be found on line. Some can be put to bad uses by people who want to do us harm. Some things are of their nature unacceptable.

In general, where illegal material is hosted on servers in the UK, the police already have powers to have that content removed. No new laws or powers are needed.

How to Buy Influence in the General Election Debate

Monday, 22 May, 2017 - 14:30

Hot on the heels of news stories about how big money bought influence in the Brexit referendum and how money was channelled into "Psyops" to manipulate the result comes a breaking story about how the Tory Party is attempting to influence what news people see when they search or information about the

Why UK politicians could learn a lot from the Pirate party

With just 22 days to go until the election starts, like many social media addicts I am wondering just how much more Official Political Tweeting I can take.

Politics with a small p is, of course, on fire. My social media feeds sizzle with the anger of people from across the globe: over the racism of cops in Ferguson, US, over the destruction of antiquities by Isis, over Jihadi John, over Netanyahu’s 26 standing ovations and, above all, over the alleged criminal behaviour of bankers.

Yet the average mainstream politician runs a Twitter feed sublimely indifferent to the issues that excite the world. “Glad to be on the doorstep in Acme-shire, where we had a good discussion about local nursery provision,” is typical MP’s tweet. It is often accompanied by a photograph of the said meeting, in which nobody at all looks glad, nor indeed involved in any kind of discussion. (Read Article on The Guardian.com...)

Sunday, 8 March, 2015 - 21:30

Pimpin' out your social media account - AKA promoting PPUK in EU elections

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Just two days to go until the EU elections and the excitement is mounting. You want to do something to show all your family and friends that you're a die-hard Pirate Party evangelist but need a little help. How can you show your dedication to this important cause? Well, I have some answers...

Firstly, in true Pirate style, give us all your money! If not all, then any sum, no matter how small will help. If we don't reach our £5,000 target we won't get any of the money!

Secondly you can show your support for us via social media by clicking on the twitter/facebook/tumblr support options on our ThunderClap campaign. This will let us, in true Pirate fashion (over using this yet? no? good!), hijack your account to send a single message of support. All our supporters will send the same (or similar) message at the same time creating a masive wave... a wave upon which we can ride to success!

Thirdly (yes, there's more!) you can add a Vote Pirate twibbon to your twitter/facebook account. If you don't want to do this via the twibbon website you can pimp out your own avatars using the attached transparent image and your favoured open source image editor.

What else can you do? We've made a plethora of campaign posters over the past few weeks, and these are all available (with source material). You can take these, mix, re-mix, use and re-use to your heart's content. You can also take to the twitterverse to proclaim your love of the Party and encourage others to vote for us. The hashtags we're using are: #VotePirate #EP2014 and for the pozible campaign #FundPirate

Make sure to like/follow/adore us at:

ORGZINE How the Government turned anti social media

Loz Kaye responds to David Cameron's potential idea of a social media block in 'emergencies'.

It is typical of this Government’s approach to set out an unfeasible course of action, then expect others to implement it - in this case “the police, the intelligence services and industry “. It turns the police into passive observers and reactors, rather active participants working in a proportionate manner with communities. It was this that restored calm to our streets - not squaddies, bullets, or water cannon - and certainly not censorship. We need to look at root causes, not blame channels of communication.

Monday, 15 August, 2011 - 22:00

Opinion: Cameron Wants to Forget The Right to be Forgotten

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Nicholas Foden Supporter Pirate Party Manchester   Online privacy is something I feel very strongly about, and when I heard about the current government's plans to opt out of new EU social media laws, I decided enough was enough and it was time to take bigger stand. I won’t get into the depths of my views in this post but here is a brief idea of the situation.   The EU is proposing laws which would give users the right to delete any information online entities held about them, in its entirety. These laws would have wide reaching implications for safety and privacy online and would act to safeguard against information being stored, shared and sold online by companies such as Facebook and Twitter. Companies whose revenue streams are based on analysing and selling personal information.   In a world when law enforcement agencies now uses social media data against people in court and employers try to vet candidates based on their social media profiles, users should have the right to remove embarrassing, unwanted or unnecessary pictures, posts, or data held about them.  

Positive steps on social media prosecutions

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013 - 10:45

Loz Kaye commented on the statement made on Monday by Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, regarding the chilling effect that prosecutions of users on social networks for their comments can have on free speech as well as the The Crown Prosecution Service's consultation on new guidelines over when it is appropriate to prosecute for messages placed on Twitter and other social media sites.

Pirate Party UK condemns kneejerk blocking of social media

Thursday, 11 August, 2011 - 14:45

The country is recovering from the scenes of arson, looting and violence that have shocked us all over the last few days. Thankfully, we have had a night of relative calm. This has been without the use of bullets, the army, water cannon or any of the extreme measures that many have called for recently. We have also seen the best side of the Internet, with communities rapidly organising clean ups through social media.

It is therefore all the more regretable that the Government is considering restrictions on Twitter and Facebook.

The Prime Minister stated: