Edinburgh Pirate Meeting, Wednesday 7 August

There will be an Edinburgh Pirate Party meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 7th August from 7pm at the Links Hotel.

Denis Simonet of Pirate Party Switzerland is visiting Edinburgh and will be there.

All are welcome. Details here.

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My predictions for 2013

Last year I didn’t make any detailed predictions for the year (though I did for the decade). For 2013 I will.

(1) Bashar al-Assad will no longer be president of Syria by the end of the year

The best-case scenario (from his point of view) is to be in exile with a few million dollars and a guarantee he won’t be prosecuted. While he deserves to be prosecuted, this option would save a lot of suffering and shorten the war.

The worst case scenario would be for him to be lynched by an angry mob like Gaddafi was.

Somewhere in the middle would be for him to be holed up in an Alawite rump state along the coast, with his government no longer recognised as Syria’s government by the international community.

(2) More computing devices will be shipped with Linux than Windows

This is particularly due to the rise of Android.

(3) The Pirate Party will get elected to the lower house of a national parliament

Germany is the most likely country here. In general, public awareness and support of Pirates will increase worldwide.

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Edinburgh Pirate Party: Christmas Drinks

Tuesday, December 11th from 7pm onwards, in the Links Hotel, Bruntsfield. Details here.

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Facebook wants its users to snitch on their friends

Originally posted on Paul Bernal's Blog:

A story about Facebook went around twitter last night that provoked quite a reaction in privacy advocates like me: Facebook, it seems, is experimenting with getting people to ‘snitch’ on any of their friends who don’t use their real names. Take a look at this:

Facebook has had a ‘real names’ policy for a while: this is what their ‘Help Center’ says on the subject:

People in my field have known about this for a long time – it’s been the cause of a few ‘high profile’ events such as when Salman Rushdie had his account suspended because they didn’t believe that he was who he said he was – but few people had taken it very seriously for anyone other than the famous. Everyone knows ‘fake’ names and ‘fake’ accounts – my sister’s dog has a Facebook account – so few believed that Facebook was going to bother enforcing…

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Is This You?

Tom Scott did a presentation on what privacy (or lack of it) will be like in 10 years time:

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Edinburgh Pirate Party meeting, Wed 5 September

Edinburgh Pirates will be having an informal meeting on 5 September starting at 7pm in the Regent Pub.

All Pirates are welcome, as is anyone interested in the Pirate Party or who just wants to talk with us.

Details are on the Edinburgh Pirates website.

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Some photos of Monday’s Edinburgh Pirates meetup

Originally posted on 3 Men In A Blog:

Scottish Pirate Party (http://edinburgh.pirateparty.org.uk/ ) activists met with fellow Pirates from Germany in Edinburgh this week.

Edinburgh spokesman Philip Hunt explained the meeting as a preliminary affair.

The German Party is the most successful electorally with politicians in the regional/States legislatures and is reaching out to other European Pirate Parties to develop international links. Activists Martina Poser from Bremen & Hauke Holtkamp from Munchen explained the Pirates recent electoral success.

In addition to opposing internet restrictions the Pirates, like the Greens, are seeking to establish minimum Social Income & Drugs Decriminalisation policies.

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