When we think of digital freedoms, few of us turn our thoughts toward the piratebay.com and yet it the Pirate Bay has become the most infamous, if not the most important, platform of freedom and digital rigths on the web. You might think me foolish for saying this because it’s true that they are associated with illegal pirating, but they are also offer their torrenting services for legit business reasons. Again and again The Pirate Bay has been shut down because of this association when they themselves do not host any sort of pirated material, only the links in which users share.
Despite this, the Pirate Bay has managed to spread its message of digital freedom and digital rights by forming their own political party. This party has done what it can in their home country to influence political policy in hopes that they’ll be able to continue spreading their message of personal rights and beliefs on both the web as well as here in the real physical world. Read the rest of this entry »