An introduction

This is a semi-public place to dump text too flimsy to even become a blog post. I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you have a lot of time to waste. You'd be better off at my livejournal. I also have another blog, and write most of the French journal summaries at the Eurozine Review.

Why do I clutter up the internet with this stuff at all? Mainly because I'm trying to get into the habit of displaying as much as possible of what I'm doing in public. Also, Blogger is a decent interface for a notebook

Friday, August 28, 2009

Digital rights and the German elections

It's good that Berlin's annual Freiheit statt Angst (freedom not fear) demonstration falls just a couple of weeks before the election; I can only hope it pushes digital rights onto the agenda. Here is a comparison of the various party positions on privacy &c. Unsurprisingly the pirate party comes out best, followed by Die Linke and Die GrĂ¼ne -- none of them likely to make it into any ruling coalition, alas.

It'd be nice if the Piratenpartei could manage an upset comparable to what the Swedes pulled off in the European elections. I can't imagine it happening although, as with the growth of environmentalism into a broad political philosophy, it's not inconceivable that the pirates could become a serious political force over the years.

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