The shortest presentation of the Pirate Party, 60 seconds... Can it help?
The development of a accessible and straightforward political tool kit, enabling a clear and concise communication around the identity, the values, the vision and the programs of the Pirate Party.
A practical and concrete feedback session of the work conducted by the Swiss Pirate Party and its sections.
Guillaume Saouli / Revolution
Towards a Vision for Societal Evolution What Vision does the Pirateparty offer to Society
In this session we want to work on a visionary view of a world worth living in - capable to inspire our movement even more. In our times this can not be an exact picture of how it should be, but must be the vision of a framework that enables us to build this future together utilizing our full potential.
Why a vision is of upmost importance:
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said: “If you want to build a ship, don't … assign tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
Every human behaviour is driven by a (mostly unconsciouss) vison of how it shall become to be. There are two possibilities:
- It should be NOT like it is now (protest motivation) or
- an imagination HOW IT SHOULD BE instead (constructive motivation).
Both motivations are needed. In the struggle for a better society mostly the first, the 'how it should NOT be' is the initiator and driver of the movement. Without a beforehand comitted constructive vision - the revolution gorges its children. Often even before the revolution begins …
So what kind of world, what kind of behaviour in this world, what kind of structure to ensure freedom and a healthy society exactly do we want? If we ask people, we would get all kinds of different answers contentwise.
In this regard the vision work for future societies must come as 'meta-vision', i.e. it's not about specific contents but a structural concept. We need to develop framework conditions that allow every individual to be able to contribute and help to evolve a fair, free, creative and sustainable society.
Robert Stein-Holzheim / Revolution
The democratisation of the world: Do we need a global parliament?
The idea of a world parliament has already been suggested in the 1920s by the League of Nations, the predecessor of the United Nations (UN). Since the creation of the UN this idea has lived on under the name of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA). During the past several years, support for a UNPA appears to have grown notably, due to a strong campaign and possibly the increased awareness of the undemocratic nature of the UN and, probably even more, world governance in general.
Global problems cannot be solved by local governments. Therefore, democratisation is needed on a global scale, now more than ever. Policies important for the world citizens concern, for instance, human rights and climate change. These policies are now decided by multinational corporations (both through lobbying and more direct). This is no plea against global governance bodies. However, we must make certain that any supranational body deciding on global issues is democratic.
One approach to democratise globalisation is through a world parliament. Ideally, in such a system the parliament would represent the citizens and the representatives can be held accountable for their actions. However, a general critique to this theory is that no parliamentary democracy is truly democratic. In a parliamentary democracy people must generally turn over their vote to a party, loosing their control over what happens in politics and hence society. Other criticism includes that we want every world citizen to participate, but that would be difficult with undemocratic countries.
Whether the solution to the problem of an undemocratic world should be mediated by a world parliament, e.g. under the umbrella of the UN, is the discussion at hand. I will argue that we do need something like a UNPA, though it needs to be set up differently than our average parliament. By voting once every four years we effectively loose our vote. At any time we, the citizens of the world, must be able to withdraw our mandate and give it to someone else, or decide ourselves on the matter at hand. Here direct and liquid democracy, and sociocracy may be tools that can help us shape such a system. Whatever method we decide to use, we must make the people govern the world.
Marco van Hulten / Revolution
The ACTA week in Poland: An inspirational story.
This presentation covers events leading up to the rejection of the ACTA treaty in Poland, including country-wide street demonstrations.
Presented by Marcin Cieślak of Internet Society Poland, a first-hand witness of most of the events described.
I would like to share our passion we've had during that time and to inspire others to do similar things in the future.
Marcin Cieślak / Revolution
Your smartphone - a spy in the pocket?
An introduction to the dark side of our daily companions and how to keep calm. As GSM research has become feasible with the use of pure Free/Open Source Software, several new attack vectors attracted public attention during the last years. Furthermore, recent disclosures have shown that the NSA is interested in the personal data transmitted to advertising providers. An overview of the current situation, with insights to my own findings in the scope of my bachelor thesis on building a GSM network and performing malware analysis on GPRS.
Denis Simonet / Revolution
GlobaLeaks brings whistleblowing everywhere
GlobaLeaks is a secure and free whistleblowing platform. Since 2011 has been helping initiatives that want to Solicit Whistleblowers for public interests purposes. GlobaLeaks 2.0 has been released on May 2013 with more than 10 initiatives using it.
It focus on simplifying the deployment, being fully configurable via web, still maintaining high security standard in Tor darknet and fully encrypted flows.
GlobaLeaks is just the software inside a larger political and organization vision, involving transparency, editorial policies, security, advocacy, promotion, seeking the Truth and more.
During this talk, one of the GlobaLeaks coders, Claudio Agosti, want to give an overview of current functionalities, showcase of different uses of globaleaks and clarification on the steps required to setup an initiative involving anonymous whistleblowing.
Claudio Agosti / Revolution
anakata - More than a Hero!
Meelis will give an overview of the lessons he has learned from the Free Anakata campaign so far, and Robert will announce and describe ongoing preparations of a documentary movie about anakata's imprisonment and ongoing trials. The potentialities of file-sharing merging into cryptographic currency protocols will also be discussed. Main keywords: education, P2P, and hacktivism, as tools that the Pirate movement must put into use.
Meelis Kaldalu / Revolution
The common consumption tax system
Imagine that it is income, and all have it!
By a general income tax and social delivery to 50 % beneath the today´s EU VAT to 19% and reduced 7%, it is possible in Germany to provide needy sections of the population an existence-protecting basic income.By general taxing consumption instead of the present general collection of income tax and social security contributions unconditional payment of a basic income to the population in addition to a no-cost health care is possible. For Germany I have designed the common consumption tax system, which leaves the individual purchasing power and product prices at the same level and is introduceable any time.The financing of an unconditional basic income can be improved if the exemptions and reductions of the EU VAT system policy disappear, so that the economic cycles of each Member State or the whole EU are closed.
Verena Nedden / Revolution
Free of Cyberwar Internet
Cybersecurity issues become a key part of recent debates about the future of the Internet. Metaphors like a “digital Pearl Harbor”, a “cyber cold war”, and a “cyber bomb” are in common use. Not only “authoritarian”, but also more democratic states use these inflated threats to seize a national control of the Internet. The “nationalization” of the Internet becomes a vexed problem. It is necessary now to find a way how we can think about the Internet and protect its positive sides. The social systems theory of N. Luhmann can be purposeful to see new dimensions of the global Internet.
Maxim Simonenko / Human Rights
Legislative aspects of drones using and human rights
Legislative aspects of drones using and human rights
Konstantin Ostrovskii / Human Rights
Is a right to work up to date and achievable?
By far the largest part of the population depends directly or indirectly as a family member or pensioner on income from work. This work income is not only livelihood, but active participation in the economy and society.
The loss of a job is one of the central fears of the vast majority of people. If we do not take these fears and needs seriously, then we take these people in one of their central concerns seriously not.
In the presentation ideas are presented, how the article 23 right to work of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights could be implemented.
The planned presentation was already held in similar form on the EuWiKon 2013. See attached presentation.
The subject of right to work has been hotly debated in the AG Wirtschaft of the German Pirate Party.
Arne Pfeilsticker / Human Rights
What Pirate Parties can do that other parties can not ?
Exploring contributions from new ways of thinking (for instance Senge, Rheingold, Morin), I will argue that Pirate Parties are working out (and should continue to) a successful development design, based on both start up and multinational companies’ strategies. Some focus will occure concerning multilingualism’s importance to enhance creativity.
Didier Urschitz / Revolution
Stop our robotic overlords – no-drone zones in Europe
Current debate about drones/UAVs is mostly focused on the moral implications of drones killing or targeting people in Afghanistan or Pakistan. At the same time drones are introduced in border surveillance at EUROSUR/Frontex, some European police forces already use UAVs, they become increasingly popular for surveillance for example for the premises of Deutsche Bahn, and Amazon and DHL are experimenting with delivery prototypes. This all happens in Europe more or less without regulation.
My talk will focus on where regulation is necessary: if drones are used for policing, where is the intervention threshold? Is it OK to use Flying Eyes for traffic observations? Who protects neighbours of railway premises from collateral surveillance? Do we want large drones that can be hacked and are prone to crashes flying over inhabited areas? Are we fine with unmanned aerial and aquatic vehicles that can be armed to patrol European borders?
Martin Kliehm / Human Rights
Of Scholary Writing and Creative Writing (An Avant-Garde Approach)
Creative writing does not inform rather reveals. So it bears no reference. The present article is an outcome of creative writing meant for lay readers. As such free style is the methodology adopted so that pleasure of reading can be enjoyed by the common mass. In this paper the basic differences between scholar and creator are discussed. A scholar is honored everywhere but a creator gets hatred instead and thereby dies unfed, unwept, unsung and unknown as well. The paradox is that a Shakespearean scholar, doing research on the immortal creations of Shakespeare, is awarded a Doctoral Degree, but Shakespeare, the creator himself, had no formal education beyond school.
Dibakar Pal / Creativity