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+ - The Pirate Party UK needs help. Big time.->

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Ajehals
Ajehals writes "The Pirate Party UK is facing legal action over the hosting of the tpb.pirateparty.org.uk proxy and it's fight against web blocking.

"We have now received a letter from the BPI telling us that we will be hearing from their solicitors in connection with the proxy.

We believe in freedom of expression, the right to share information and ideas without interference. Censorship is never the right answer. Censorship, in any form, interferes with crucial freedoms and rarely delivers on its aims. Censorship's only effect is to hide underlying problems or pretend they do not exist, rather than dealing with them directly. In the meantime, legitimate expression is curtailed.""

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Your Rights Online

+ - BPI Threatens to Sue The UK Pirate Party over Proxy->

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Techmeology
Techmeology writes "The BPI has threatened to sue the Pirate Party for allowing people access to The Pirate Bay through its proxy service. The leader of the Pirate Party UK, Loz Kaye said his party would go to court over the issue. Kaye said that he was determined to defend his party's principles even in the face of an expensive legal battle."
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United Kingdom

+ - Manchester Central by-election candidate takes to the internet for a Q&A->

Submitted by Ajehals
Ajehals (947354) writes "The Pirate Party's Loz Kaye is doing a Reddit AMA to answer questions about himself and the party in the run up to the Manchester Central by-election.

"Hi,

I'm Loz Kaye and I'm the Pirate Party candidate for the Manchester Central by-election. In the last couple of months I've been out in Manchester, knocked on the doors of about 5% of the city and with our local members, have been making the case for voting Pirate in Manchester.

So if anyone has any questions about the Manchester election, what we do in the UK or anything else ask away. I'll answer what I can for the next couple of hours and get back to this tomorrow morning in between campaigning.

Oh, and if you live or can vote in Manchester, please do cast a ballot on Thursday for whoever you want to see as your next MP, there are lots of options and I think it's important that people take part.""

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Privacy

+ - Deep Web, Deep Privacy ->

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Ajehals
Ajehals writes "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. Bkut 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...."

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Science

+ - First Evidence that Insects Rely on Photosynthesis->

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tedlistens (1697590) writes "The idea that aphids may use photosynthesis, as plants do, is based on the recent finding that the bugs are able to synthesize pigments called carotenoids. These pigments are common and necessary for many animals (for non-photosynthesis uses, like maintaining a healthy immune system), but the animal must consume them from outside sources. So far, only plants, algae, fungi, and bacteria are known to be able to synthesize carotenoids themselves, and, in all of those organisms, carotenoids are a key part of photosynthesis. While the co-author of the study, published in Nature's open-access journal Scientific Reports, cautions that more research is needed before we can determine if aphids are photosynthesizing like non-animals, it stil could be one of the more remarkable findings in biology in recent memory, and may hold promise for helping address humanity’s food crisis."
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Google

+ - Amazon to Eat Google's Lunch->

Submitted by wreakyhavoc
wreakyhavoc (1045750) writes "Nicholas Carlson at Business Insider maintains that Amazon's reviews and One-Click ordering will undercut Google's shopping ad revenue, and that Google is "terrified". How could Google fight this possible threat? Expose the astroturfing of Amazon reviews. Of course this would likely backfire as it would expose the astroturfing, link farming, and SEO games on Google.

From the article:

Google's real rival, and real competition to watch over the next few years is Amazon.

Google is a search company, but the searches that it actually makes money from are the searches people do before they are about to buy something online. These commercial searches make up about 20 percent of total Google searches. Those searches are where the ads are.

What Googlers worry about in private is a growing trend among consumers to skip Google altogether, and to just go ahead and search for the product they would like to buy on Amazon.com, or, on mobile in an Amazon app.

There's data to prove this trend is real. According to ComScore, Amazon search queries are up 73 percent in the last year."

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United Kingdom

+ - Pirate Party - Why Loz is standing in Manchester->

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Ajehals
Ajehals writes "Loz Kaye of the Pirate Party appeals to voters to overcome understandable cynicism and go for the opportunities on their own doorsteps:

During this year’s local elections, there was one thing I heard time and again from people I spoke to, whether on the doorstep, in their flats or on the street:

I don’t vote, because it doesn’t change anything.

It’s this sense of powerlessness over the forces that shape our lives and the space around us that is so worrying in Manchester and the UK today."

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Piracy

+ - Was Megaupload bad for the creative industries? ->

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Ajehals
Ajehals writes "Loz Kaye (Pirate Party Leader) and Frances Moore go head to head in the guardian over the impact of piracy on the creative industries.

"The industry is failing to deliver what customers want and in doing so turning people to other, easily accessible means to find what they do want. If the industry looked at pricing and made access to content easier it might well find that its revenues continue to grow and build a healthier relationship with consumers."

  "Today, the music industry is fighting back, and making the environment safe for creators and investors is more important than it ever was. We're licensing music widely to sites like iTunes, Spotify and Deezer. This growing digital music business is fantastic for artists and for consumers. Yet it can't survive in a market rigged by illegal piracy. Events such as the US Justice Department charging Megaupload are important developments – not just for the music industry, but for the whole creative economy.""

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Comment: And the Pirate Party says... (Score 4, Informative) 409

by Ajehals (#38687716) Attached to: US Government Seeks Extradition of UK Student For File-Sharing
Loz Kaye — Pirate Party UK Leader:

By supporting the baseless US extradition case against Richard O'Dwyer today at Westminster Magistrates Court the judge Judge Quentin Purdy has failed to inject the much needed shot of rationality into the insanity of the UK-US extradition arrangements we had all hoped for. The Sheffield student is accused of infringing copyright by setting up the popular UK-based website TV Shack.

TV shack provided a catalogue of links to other sites, with no illegal material available from it at any time. As the server was based in the UK, Richard's lawyer has pointed out that there is simply no valid reason to send a young British citizen to face a court in the US.

[...]

This outcome is a failure on the part of our British justice system to act in a sensible and reasonable way. This case is the perfect example of what enforcing copyright is; excessive, overblown and aimed at easy targets innocent or not whilst ignoring the human.

So, this is what protecting your copyright has come to mean. Accepting unacceptable human collateral like Richard O'Dwyer."
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United Kingdom

+ - UK - TvShack - O'Dwyer US extradition to go ahead->

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Ajehals
Ajehals writes "Loz Kaye — Pirate Party UK Leader:

By supporting the baseless US extradition case against Richard O'Dwyer today at Westminster Magistrates Court the judge Judge Quentin Purdy has failed to inject the much needed shot of rationality into the insanity of the UK-US extradition arrangements we had all hoped for. The Sheffield student is accused of infringing copyright by setting up the popular UK-based website TV Shack.

TV shack provided a catalogue of links to other sites, with no illegal material available from it at any time. As the server was based in the UK, Richard's lawyer has pointed out that there is simply no valid reason to send a young British citizen to face a court in the US.

This outcome is a failure on the part of our British justice system to act in a sensible and reasonable way. This case is the perfect example of what enforcing copyright is; excessive, overblown and aimed at easy targets innocent or not whilst ignoring the human.

So, this is what protecting your copyright has come to mean. Accepting unacceptable human collateral like Richard O'Dwyer."

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Education

+ - A Bright New Future for ICT Education in Schools?->

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Ajehals
Ajehals writes "Tim Dobson, the Pirate Party UK Education Spokesperson puts Michael Gove's planned changes to the ICT curriculum into a personal perspective:

As someone who now works in the technology sector but who suffered from poor ICT tuition at school, I hope that the government is able to deliver on these proposals; it is something that students in the UK deserve, that the economy of the UK will benefit from and something that has been ignored for too long. I have been campaigning for changes like these since 2009, they are very welcome and I am keen to see how they are implemented and developed.

With the launch of codeyear and the Guardian's campaign to address issues with digital literacy, it is good to see the government giving this part of the curriculum the attention it both needs and deserves. Indeed this initiative comes at a great time and with the Raspberry Pi — an affordable British learning computer for exciting young techies — becoming available soon."

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+ - 'Anonymous' hacktivists expose the intelligence ga->

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Ajehals
Ajehals writes ""As long as western governments fail to live up to their ideals, there will be those who are determined to embarrass them" — Loz Kaye of the Pirate Party UK gives some insight on what he believes might be a driver for some elements of 'Anonymous',

"[I]t is a mistake to talk of Anonymous's motives as if it were a cohesive whole. The group is a loose collection of people with different aims, involving themselves in different "operations" as they see fit. It is leaderless, it doesn't have a manifesto, it doesn't have a particular direction, nor does it go in only one direction at any one time""

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Comment: Re:UK is first past the post electoral system (Score 1) 116

by Ajehals (#38624928) Attached to: Pirate Party UK Looks Forward To 2012
People seem to expect parties, groups and movements to come out of nowhere and storm to the top, in the UK that simply isn't doable, it takes time and effort. In 2010 the best result in the national election was 0.6% in Gorton, Manchester (with a candidate who had a manifesto and people knocking on doors..), in the local elections in Bury the party managed 3.6% of the vote - obviously a smaller area and different issues, but again, with people out talking to residents and putting forward positions. It's a progression, it won't go on forever, it may fail but it's worth doing. As to political power, the party has very little, where it has any influence at all it is through those people that have managed to raise their own profiles and end up on TV and radio presenting the other side, the party position. That helps a bit, but it certainly isn't the end game. The party needs to raise awareness of the issues it thinks are important and either threaten other partys in marginal seats/wards or find other ways of having other partys take similar positions to them. At present there isn't another party in the UK with similar positions on copyright reform, in fact I can't think of one that is going in the same direction...

Comment: Re:In Sweden (Score 1) 116

by Ajehals (#38624796) Attached to: Pirate Party UK Looks Forward To 2012
>The bottom line is that the PP is not going anywhere as a political party until it has an opinion on day care. It is questionable whether it has it in itself of getting that, and if not it should stay out of election That is exactly that the party is doing now. The party has been through a number of elections and the people who involved themselves in those elections, the people from the party who were out on the ground either knew this already or learned rather quickly, it is also why the party is pushing on policy and anything it can do to have it's positions heard in one forum or another. As to vulgarizing the debate, I might have agreed a year ago (before I was a party member), indeed looking at some of the press stuff from the early days, the discussions etc.. it rings true to a certain degree, I would hope that this will change over the next few years as the party matures and learns, indeed that's what I am aiming for.

Comment: Re:Whats in a name? (Score 1) 116

by Ajehals (#38624730) Attached to: Pirate Party UK Looks Forward To 2012
The problem really is two edged. If the party doesn't approach other issues, the ones everyone feels is important, no-one would vote for the party. This is the largest criticism the party see's, 'how can we vote for you, even if we support your ideas on copyright, civil liberties etc.. if you don't have any policies on education/health/the economy'. So it's time to see if we can find policies that makes sense given the ideals and principles that inform our positions on copyright. Our candidates have theoretically had their own platforms in previous elections (with mixed success) but they haven't been well communicated or terribly well formed in all cases, broadening where there is consensus will help with this, more to the point, candidates can still do what they want to do in terms of policy, as long as they are clear to the party and the public, what they are standing on.

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