FCC Takes First Action Toward Undoing Net Neutrality Protections

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The Federal Communications Commission today passed a proposal that begins the process of unraveling the regulations currently protecting net neutrality. The FCC voted 2-1 to advance a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, a necessary step for an independent federal agency like the FCC to change or implement a rule or regulation. The NPRM lays out a plan that would remove the Internet's current classification as a public utility and re-categorize it as "information service." Such a rule change would open the door for Internet Service Providers to dramatically overhaul how they offer Internet service to their customers.…
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Finland Pirate Party Wins Municipal Seats

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The Pirate Party of Finland is finally beginning to reap the fruits of its long-standing efforts to establish itself in the political arena, rejoices Tiina Malinen, a deputy chairperson of the party’s district organisation in Pirkanmaa. The Pirate Party won its first two seats in the municipal elections held on Sunday, after coming up empty-handed in the first three elections organised after its foundation in 2008. Read the whole article here.
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Iceland Pirate Party Want EU Talks Referendum

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The Pirate Party have put forth an EU referendum proposal to restart negotiations with the European Union, reports RÚV. The Pirate Party suggest a referendum for the spring of 2018, with the simple question: “Would you like the government to restart accession negotiations with the European Union for Iceland’s possible membership?” With two simple options, Yes or No. Read the whole article here.
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Australia Pirate Party Opposes Minister’s Action

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In an epic violation of trust, Minister for Human Services Alan Tudge has intentionally given out a Centrelink client's personal information to Fairfax media, as a part of a political campaign to discredit and silence Australians speaking out against the nightmare of Centrelink's debt recovery program... 'By releasing personal information to "correct the record", Centrelink and federal government MPs and officials have set a dangerous precedent when it comes to handling the information of Australians' said Pirate Party Deputy President, Michael Keating. 'This action shows the federal government's intent with…
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Julia Reda and the European Parliament

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Since her election to the European Parliament in 2014 as the only representative of the German Pirate Party, the 30-year-old MEP has made weakening copyright protections her single-issue crusade... Reda has accepted that the final version of the legislation winding its way through the Brussels will fall short of her ideals. But as a European Commission proposal moves through the European Parliament, she’s holding out hope of pushing through at least a few of her key changes... Already, she has helped push through important concessions in the proposed legislation, such as allowing scientists…
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Dutch Pirate Party Qualifies for March 15 Ballot

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"On March 15, The Netherlands will hold their Lower House elections.  With the deadline drawing closer, aspiring political parties are scrambling to ensure they make it on the voter’s ballots. To do so, they need enough support from the Dutch districts, as well as pay an 11,250 Euro security to the electoral council. The Dutch Pirate party, together with three other political parties, gained the necessary support and funds to ensure they are included on the March 15 ballots." Read the full article here.
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