Monday, September 19, 2011

Pirate Party Wins Seats in Berlin

Late breaking news from Germany!

According to exit polls, Social Democrats in Berlin have held on to power in the regional government, while the Free Democrats fail to gain representation at all. Instead, Berlin welcomes the Pirate Party to parliament.

What IS the Pirate Party?

The Pirate Party, which campaigns for copyright reform, free wireless Internet service for all and greater internet privacy, brought in 8.6 percent of the vote.

"This is all very new for us," said Andreas Baum, the party's top candidate, on German public televison after the election. "We will need to prepare, get into the swing of things, but you will be hearing from
us. You can be sure of that."

Very interesting!

Internet access and privacy (as well as security) are big issues that we talk about a great deal here. 

More information at: 

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,15397392,00.html


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