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With "Betatext," German Green Party Tries Out Open-Source Politics

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, November 27 2012

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As Germany gears up for its parliamentary elections in fall 2013, the parliamentary group of the German Green Party has released a tool called betatext to allow supporters to comment on position papers, motions or legislative drafts. "While others only talk about more participation and transparency in the political process -- we implement it," the parliamentary group states. Users of the tool can also see other people's comments and rate them. Read More

German Pirate Party Copies DNC's Romneytaxplan.com to Mock German Social Democrat

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, October 22 2012

When people talk about exporting American democracy, it's likely they don't mean the culture of endless parody and ad-hominem attacks that play out across single-serving microsites aimed at this or that candidate. But that aspect of American-style Internet politics has made its way to Germany. German Pirate Party members in the Berlin assembly took a page from the Democratic Party's playbook recently when they launched a site mocking former German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck, a Social-Democrat campaigning to become the country's next chancellor, for claiming the mantle of transparency while declining to release more information about his own personal finances. Read More

Twitter Indicates it Will Act Upon Requests to Censor Hate Speech

BY Lisa Goldman | Friday, October 19 2012

Over the past two days, Twitter has applied its censorship policy in two separate cases — one in France and one in Germany. Both were related to the promulgation of hate speech. Read More

Hamburg’s New Transparency Law – Lessons for Activists

BY David Eaves | Friday, June 29 2012

David Eaves: "Two weeks ago, the State Government of Hamburg passed a new law that required all government information not impacted by privacy issues to be posted online. The law is part of a next generation of access to information laws — like the one passed in Brazil — that requires government information to be disclosed and made available online in a machine readable format. As Christian Humborg, one of the key activists behind the law, said: “An Adobe PDF document is no longer sufficient.” I asked him what activists around the world could learn from victory for Hamburg's transparency advocates. What follows is a summary of our conversation." Read More

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How the German Pirate Party's "Liquid Democracy" Works

BY David Meyer | Monday, May 7 2012

In the midst of the political upheaval affecting Europe, a relatively new movement is making stunning progress, particularly in Germany. On Sunday, the Pirate Party entered its third German state parliament in eight months, demonstrating momentum that surprises even its core members. The party is now on track to pick up a double-digit percentage of the vote in next year's federal elections. And it's dealing with this explosive growth through the medium it knows best: technology. Read More

Momentum Builds in Europe Against Controversial Treaty on Copyright, Counterfeiting

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, February 13 2012

Anti-ACTA protest in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo:Stopped / Flickr

Last Saturday, thousands of people rallied all over Europe to protest against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a controversial treaty that would set new international standards for dealing with copyright infringement and other copyright claims. Read More

ACTA opponents welcome Germany's decision

BY Miranda Neubauer | Friday, February 10 2012

Opponents of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) welcomed the official decision by the German government today to wait for action from the European Parliament before signing the treaty, calling it a sign that the debate over the balance between copyright protection and Internet freedom has become more explicitly political. Read More

Germany Delays ACTA Ratification

BY TechPresident Staff | Friday, February 10 2012

It appears that the federal government in Germany will delay ratification of the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a sweeping international treaty that includes provisions about intellectual property and online copyright infringement along with stifling the flow of counterfeit goods and pharmaceuticals, according to reports in Der Spiegel and elsewhere. The German government will not act on ACTA until European Parliament makes a move on the treaty, according to reports. Read More

The Europe Roundup: More Protests and Halts to ACTA Ratifications

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, February 7 2012

Anti-ACTA protest, Slovenia. Photo: Šiško

In Europe, protests against the ratification of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement are not stopping, while some EU countries are instead halting the ratification of the treaty. In the UK, the Supreme Court is using Twitter to update on the Supreme Court's judgments in real time. Read More

In Germany, SOPA and ACTA Commentary Earns One Lawmaker the Internet's Ire

BY Miranda Neubauer | Monday, January 30 2012

A member of German Parliament from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU Party, who last week co-authored a press release stating that the U.S. SOPA/PIPA laws were going in the right direction, got a lot more than he bargained for today when he wrote a newspaper op-ed in which he sought to discredit the power of people on the Internet, only to become an immediate target of derision online and the victim of an apparent attack on his website. Read More