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Liveblogging from Pirate Parties International

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The Pirate Parties International 2012 General Assembly is in progress. These are notes that I take as the meeting goes – just personal reflections.

(This page updates as new entries appear – no need to refresh.)

Apr 16 15:32 - Ok, live updates (refreshless) seem to work again. It was really a very simple error.

Apr 16 15:30 - (Yes, I’m still testing.)

Apr 16 15:30 - Except perhaps Game of Thrones.

Apr 16 15:29 - Indeed it was. And that concludes the postmortem of this session. Nothing more to see here.

Apr 16 15:28 - Testing again. Looks like it was a simple case of PEBKAC.

Apr 16 15:09 - Ok, liveblogging appears broken. Sorry about that (it does not auto-refresh). I will have to troubleshoot that later.

Apr 16 15:02 - Testing CloudFlare interference.

Apr 16 15:01 - Testing meteor.

Apr 16 14:52 - Ping meteor server.

Apr 16 14:52 - My server died right after the last note. I still have no idea why – a cold reboot (power cycling) was needed to bring it back online, the hardwire reset button was not enough. Sorry about that.

Apr 14 16:04 - Doctorow: “If all the Napster users in the US had voted for a particular president, that person would have been president.”

Apr 14 16:02 - Now: Cory Doctorow!

Apr 14 16:01 - I’m not sure if the live updates work on all browsers.

Apr 14 15:57 - Meeting with many of the people who were at the first 2007 meeting in Vienna. It’s kind of funny how we share this feeling of being veterans, and explaining how things were “back then” – meaning five years ago – to new pirates.

Apr 14 15:43 - Pulled back from the crowd for a few minutes just to breathe, hanging out in the openspace area where people are discussing various projects. Doctorow on soon.

Apr 14 15:35 - Met Fabio Reinhardt, one of the people elected into the Berlin Parliament. He’s giving a keynote tomorrow, shortly before I give the closing keynote. Another guy I’m looking forward to hearing. The purposely chaotic arrangement of this conference really shows its strengths, letting each and every participant get the most from it.

Apr 14 15:28 - The social parts of the PPI general assembly is starting to show its merits. Everybody is hanging out and getting to know one another, rather than necessarily listening to everything going on in the main session. People getting to know one another across country borders is what causes the organization to learn across those same country borders.

Apr 14 14:41 - Cory Doctorow has arrived, hanging out at the bar with a really large coffee. Apparently, he just flew in from the States.

Apr 14 14:40 - Several new pirate parties are being voted in as new members of the Pirate Parties International. Applause follows after every vote.

Apr 14 14:29 - Back after lunch. I could hardly get through the door before being grabbed by reporters and have done three more interviews. This liveblog is getting a very boring message, me doing what I do. One observation, though, is that the (MANY!) reporters here have definitely done their homework. They know about minute details of the movement and ask about plans, about trends, about leadership. Cory Doctorow is coming up for a keynote shortly – I’m really looking forward to that.

Apr 14 13:06 - Lunch break. My entire morning was spent before TV cameras, so I missed much of the in-session action, but on the other hand, I did things as well as I could in order to spread the ideas, the messages, and the message about the parties’ impact. Sessions resume… when people get back from lunch.

Apr 14 11:38 - Another five interviews later, I need some air. Currently outside, chatting to a couple of Slovenian reps that I last met in Ljubljana.

Apr 14 11:07 - Three TV interviews later. Interest remains high.

Apr 14 10:43 - The room is full and out of seats, as I can tell. People are standing in the back – I can’t tell if media or participants. We are still in the meeting opening formalities. One of the organizers just asked me to go to the press room, so small pause in liveblogging.

Apr 14 10:36 - What strikes me at the 2012 PPI meeting is how many new countries are here, and how successful they are already. Greece founded three months ago, and are already polling at 1%. Moldavia is here, as is Romania. I’ve met with reps from pretty much every country in Europe already. Oh, Portugal was another nice surprise.

Apr 14 10:34 - The meeting as such has just started. media is EVERYWHERE. Gefion_UK tweeted succinctly, “wherever there is @Falkvinge, there is Camera”. The PPCZ has arranged this beautifully, especially given the unexpetedly large interest at the last minute.

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About The Author: Rick Falkvinge

Rick is the founder of the first Pirate Party and is a political evangelist, traveling around Europe and the world to talk and write about ideas of a sensible information policy. He has a tech entrepreneur background and loves whisky.

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