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Gregory Engels / Other


Disruptive technologies for a read/write society and the reverse engineering of objects

Society and government are read and write. We can view them complex systems or black boxes, make assumptions and models about how they work and then create our own APIs (application programming interfaces) and apps. Disassembly and repair teach engineering so changing the status quo can be as simple as ignoring the 'void warranty' sticker and taking things apart. People can now create their own API (application programming interface) to government and come up with novel ways to be civically engaged. People that want to start or engage in a dialogue can create civic apps or release a technologically disruptive invention. Depending on the problem, starting the process of 'achieving change' may be as simple as looking for a technical and symbolic intervention which fills a structural hole and empowers a group of people.

Samuel Carlisle (samthetechie) / Creativity

Transparency in nuclear disarmament

Increased transparency of nuclear weapons related information is an indispensable prerequisite for more progress in nuclear disarmament and its verification. For many years, and on various occasions, it has been demanded by the international community. Today, the world is not even informed about the status quo of nuclear disarmament: How many nuclear weapons are stationed in which countries? Which types of weapons? How many are being halt in reserve and how many are being dismantled? The numbers are not exactly known, the reports on weapon dismantlement remain vague. Only a few countries have published figures of their possessings of nuclear materials, the quantities of others are still shrouded in secrecy. The reasons for secrecy are many fold: An obvious one is the fact that some information might be useful in illegal nuclear weapon programs elsewhere. But other reasons are doubtful: They include strategic superiority but also conservative inertia, bureaucratic structures and democratic deficiences. This presentation will focus on information related to nuclear weapons with the following questions: Is transparency of the information useful for nuclear disarmament and arms control? Would transparency enhance the risk of nuclear proliferation? Would it pose other security risks, and which kind of security risks are they? Is the current secrecy of information adequate? Which reasons for secrecy may be assumed? The presentation concludes with several demands for more nuclear transparency that the International Pirates should endorse.

Annette Schaper / Human Rights



Practical experiances exercising human rights as an EU-official and whistleblower

This talk with discussion will provide an overview of the experiances of the speaker during and after his whistleblowing within the European Commission. This lead to more than 25 court cases at the EU-Courts in Luxembourg and a similar number of complaints at the European Ombudsman as well as to experiances with the practical usage of investigate and supervisory powers by OLAF, its supervisory committee, the European Court of Auditors, the Council, the European Parliament and other bodies and organistions. Main focus will be on the treatment of procedural and human rights at the EU Courts (e.g. in cases F-199/11P and F-198/11P) dealing with freedom of information rights, free speech rights and fair process rights. The speaker will also explain why EU-officials enjoy no external control of human rights standards. A short summary of the story is available at

Guido Strack / Human Rights

Financing Political Parties

Political parties need money to pursue their ideas. Lack of financial resources is a common problem of emerging parties. Income sources may, however, influence their political agenda. Some financing models might lead to effective exclusion of some ideologies from the political competition. Should political parties receive money from the state? Should they be allowed to accept donations from corporations? Should there be restrictions on how political parties spend their money? The talk will address these questions and describe internal financial regulations of the Czech Pirate Party, which were introduced in order to prevent corruption and decisions motivated by income increase.

Marcel Kolaja / Human Rights

Why separation of Church and State is an important issue for Pirates

Secularism, the separation of church/religion and state is an important principle of fairness, equality and transparency. No religious group should be privilegied by the state, thus no religious or a-religious group is discriminated against. Religion is a private matter, not a matter of state. In my talk I will outline why this matter is important for the pirate movement and what are good strategies to achieve something in this field.

Valentin Abgottspon / Human Rights

Make Ourselves a GNU Internet

The past year has been a rollercoaster for us, moving out of the fringe of the paranoids into the spotlight of the purveyors of reasonably secure solutions. #youbroketheinternet is an initiative to foster and form an architecture that implements a parallel private internet and cuts out the middle man. By addressing the most difficult of use cases being scalable social communications and data exchanges, we aim to foster a comprehensive solution for privacy, scalability and usability. The new Internet stack is supposed to provide actual intimacy when exchanging mail, messaging and telephony but also be confidential for conferencing and social networking. The Secrecy of Correspondence isn't just a fundamental right, it's an essential requirement for a fully functional democracy. Yet in the past twenty years, by slowly migrating our habits towards e-mail and SMS, humanity has corroded one of the foundations of liberty on a worldwide scale. #youbroketheinternet aims to bundle technologies that recreate this basic foundation of liberty. #youbroketheinternet organizes meetings and collaboration of software projects that implement these missing services and promote their large scale adoption. A substantial number of projects already exist that purport to fulfill these goals. We have placed them on a common architectural map. Each of them provides some pieces of the challenge, to deliver a complete solution with regards to privacy, scalability and usability. Therefore, #youbroketheinternet will not be yet another project to build the ideal system from scratch, but rather it will integrate, re-use, and motivate existing projects to work towards the common goal of providing an alternative Internet protocol stack. Yet, there is a difference to several similarly sounding projects: By requiring the protection of the social graph an absolute requirement, we find ourselves looking at technologies that implement obfuscated public-key based routing and end-to-end cryptography by default. I will go very deep into technical details.

carlo von lynX / Revolution

The missing links - distributed manufacturing of open source hardware

Over the last decades open source software has sprung from small projects by hobbyist to operating systems that run great numbers of servers and cell phones alike and to browsers that have succeeded in breaking a monopoly. Although adaptation of open source software has certainly not yet gathered a large market share in all segments of the software market. It has already been clearly shown that open source principles can create to a vibrant and competitive software market. These principles stimulate innovation by changing research from a zero sum game to a positive sum game. Thus they benefit society as a whole. Open source hardware however has not yet escaped the hobby and niche markets. In this presentation I will start with an analysis of the building blocks of the successful open source software ecosystem. And then identify the missing links in the open hardware environment. This section will focus on giving examples of the current state of the art in OS tools for the reaction of hardware. Then I will present an outline of what is needed to complete ecosystem. In the world of instantaneous copying and cost free global delivery that is the Internet some things are just a lot easier than in a world of import duties and production costs. However the manufacturing plants will not keep on eluding the impact the Internet has had on sectors that trade in digital goods. I will discuss how digital manufacturing can lead to a world where customized goods are the norm and industrial mass production becomes increasingly scarce. Some time will be spend on some on looking at the differences between open en proprietary business models. Some possible differences in value chain between the both models will also be examined. I will be referring to work of Neil Gershenfeld from the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT, Adrian Bowyer former senior lecturer the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Bath and Chris Anderson former editor in chief of WIRED magazine and author of „The Long Tail”.

Koen De Voegt / Creativity



To the ECI and beyond! Can Europeans take their destiny into their own hands?

On the first of April 2012 the European Citizens' Initiative was finally launched, after years of negotiations between the European institutions. For the first time, citizens could directly influence European decision-making, at least that was the idea. Unfortunately, the ECI had to deal with many hurdles - very high quora, many technical problems with the online signature software and some initiatives' registration were refused. Nearly two years after the launch, some of these problems have been solved, but many remain. In our presentation, we will go through the history of the ECI, describe the modifications civil society managed to force upon legislators to improve the ECI, future modifications necessary for a truly empowering instrument and other ways citizens can directly influence European decision-making.

Gilles Bordelais / Revolution

Free software for a free democracy is a free software project for liquid and direct democracy. It offers encryption and verification of the users. It is being used by the Spanish Pirates and several other parties and organizations. Recently the project reached an important milestone, one member of the Spanish parliament lent his seat to the citizens for the voting of the Spanish "Transparency Law" and later for the Electrical Reform Law ( New projects are on the pipeline. We will present the trajectory of the project and open a debate for ideas and problems around getting this new decision taking and voting systems to the people.

Luis Cuerdo / Revolution

Sustainability in music - How access to the Public Domain promotes creativity

Creativity is about creating something new, not reinventing the wheel. For this works must be accessible. It is our cultural heritage! This is especially true for old works which are seldom or on old media not in common use anymore. The public domain project is a independent community driven project to make historical audio and film records available to everybody. We are not like most of the traditional archives because a lot of them make the same two failures: They don't work with the records, they just store them and second they make it hard for you to listen to it or to use it We correct both, we digitize our records and we provide easy access to it! That's how we understand an archive should work nowadays. Why is this so important? Because it affects the sustainability of our culture. The creative cycle of “composition, interpretation, recording, storage and use” must be kept closed. In this session I would like to give some insights what the public domain project is, what we do, how the project is organized and what legal problems we face like why it is so hard to provide free access to public domain works. I will give also an overview to the legal term "public domain" and it's relation to copyright law in different countries. Free access means also that we use and promote open source software and open patent-free standards like the audio formats we use: FLAC and Ogg/Vorbis

Christoph Zimmermann / Creativity

Elections have no link with Democracy

If we want transparency from government we have to translate the “officialese” used by government and politicians (and some academics) into an honest and understandable language. - Political systems are only the tools to accomplish something (monarchy, theocracy, democracy, oligarchy, .. and within those systems we can use majority voting, super majority, consensus, liquid democracy, …) but they have to be used with as much knowledge as possible of their advantages and disadvantages. - “Electoral Representation” was never meant to be “democratic” when it was developed. Even when we accept the broad definition of “democracy” there is little or nothing left of a democratic element in Electoral Representation of today. - Defending “democracy” is not compatible with an extensive program that goes beyond the necessary elements for a democracy where the political powers are more in balance. An extensive program also needs enforcement of party discipline on the voting behavior of the elected representatives. Party discipline, in most cases not allowed by law, is part of Particracy, a system that clearly lost his reliability in the past decade, and is on the brink of collapse. - Possible solutions must avoid that while Particracy is loosing his grip, dictatorial systems get the opportunity to step in its place. We already observe the installation of, even not elected, technocrats on important political positions, not only in some countries but also in the EU administration (Catherine Ashton, ..) although it is at those places that electoral representation can play a justified role. Full paper available for download :

Paul Nollen / Human Rights

What you always wanted to know about Whistleblowing

Talk and discussion about Whistleblowing, focussing on practical, psychological and legal aspects and providing answers to questions like: Why is whistleblowing important? Which different forms there are? What does it need to take place and to be successfull? And explaining why technical anonymity - if at all possible - can not be the solution to the whole problem.

Guido Strack / Human Rights

Euro: Fundamental reforms instead of fix packs!

If we do not get the Euro crisis under control, then the current problems will only be the prelude to a chronic crisis. The euro, which should strengthen the integration of Europe could, might tear Europe apart. The envisaged and initiated measures to overcome the euro crisis are “fix packs”, and do not really tackle the real problems. In the talk, new aspects and ideas are presented, how through fundamental reforms a monetary system could be created, that serves the people and the real economy - and not primarily the financial markets. Remark: The German Pirate Party has a very active group, which deals with the monetary systems and financial policy. Wiki-link to details of the presentation: A subtitle of the talk could be : Stops the dismantling of democracy by the financial markets

Arne Pfeilsticker / Revolution



Just addicted or condemned to innovate ?

After a brief exploration of main ideas concerning creativity and innovation, I will explore the place and importance of open innovation in a knowledge based global society (economy), in order to formulate «the big question» : is innovation possible in politics ?

Didier Urschitz / Creativity

Representative Democracy is a Bitch – or could it be turned into a completely different animal after all?

Representative Democracy as it is practiced today is outdated and needs to be adapted to the modern age, if it should be more than just democratic theatre. The main issues that need to be addressed are to allow people to participate more than just making a cross every few years, taking all and not only corporate interests into account and being transparent about the whole law-making process. I want to present a model of representative democracy to address those needs which will, among others, feature liquid votes, votes for Parliamentarians by topic, different voting weights for Parliamentarians, expert decision-making committees, representation of many different groups in Parliament and its Committees, changing majorities instead of stable coalitions, completely transparent decision-making of Parliamentarians and direct elections and deselections of ministers and heads of state. Representative democracy needs to be supplemented by democratic processes which allow for the direct participation and decision-making of all people. This should work top-down as well as botton-up: Parliament will need the people to accept major reforms, especially if they concern constitutional matters. The people may initiate laws and push them through, if they gain enough support. I will present how exactly this new system could work, where the advantages and disadvantages lie and I am looking forward to your input to improve or reject my model on reforming democracy.

Martina Pöser / Revolution


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