CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS
Pirate Assemblages: The Global Politics of Anonymous, the Pirate Parties and Radical P2P Communities
A book edited by
Marco Deseriis, Northeastern University
Carolin Wiedemann, University of Hamburg
Proposal Submission Deadline: August 31, 2012
In May 2006, the Swedish police raided and seized The Pirate Bay’s servers in Stockholm for copyright infringement. As a result, the newborn Swedish Pirate Party saw a membership surge, received 7% of the vote in the European Parliament election of 2009, and spearheaded the Pirate Parties International, a network of political parties that fight for copyright reform, open source governance, and the civil right to privacy in the information society. Recently, the German Pirate Party has dubbed the success of its Swedish counterpart in four different German state elections.
In October 2010, the hacktivist network Anonymous launched Operation Payback, a series of distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against anti-piracy organizations and government agencies that were held responsible for the outage of The Pirate Bay. In an open letter to Anonymous, the US and UK Pirate Parties invited the hacktivist movement to cease the attacks and “choose a more moderate and legal way” to pursue the struggle for copyright reform. Although Anonymous, the Pirate Parties, and other social movements for direct democracy may not always agree on their tactics they all consider the peer-to-peer exchange of information amongst all human beings as fundamental to the communal organization of a free and open society.