The existence of a Polish Pirate Party (or Partia PiratÃ³w) may seem to the uneducated as something of a joke. However, it is soon to join only Sweden, Germany, Austria, and Spain in having a full Pirate Party.
Poland is a former communist country where at least three of the political parties have the word ‘peasant’ in their name, so hardly seems the likely place for a party centered around technological policies. Now, with at least 11 of its 38 Million populace using the Internet, the Polish Pirate Party seems poised to explode across the nation. I managed to get a few minutes to talk to BÅ‚aÅ¼ej Kaczorowski, the founder of the party.
TorrentFreak: The polish party was founded when exactly?
Kaczorowski: The idea of creating PP in Poland appeared 27 July 2006
TorrentFreak: And you registered this week, in court, for official political party status?
Kaczorowski: Yes, on Monday we went to court to submit all papers needed for registration. Now will will have to wait for registration but from the moment of giving papers to court we will have pre-registration status.
TorrentFreak: how long until that status is confirmed?
Kaczorowski: Depends – if everything will be ok with papers – 2 weeks
TorrentFreak: The next (European) election is going to be held in September 2009, will you be putting up candidates?
Kaczorowski: Here in Poland we have elections on 27 October but it is way to soon for us too start. The elections for Europarlament in 2009 will be probably our first elections – if our parliament will not fall apart before that date.
TorrentFreak: How many members do you currently have?
Kaczorowski: 2,000 registered on web page, 30 people actually active – numbers are small becouse we weren’t advertising ourselves a lot – we are waiting for gathering people – we needed to register first, create a new web page and then we can look for more people
TorrentFreak: What has been your biggest activity, as a party, to date?
Kaczorowski: probably the appearing on Woodstock Stop music festival in Kostrzyn. Lots of fun, great music and talking to people about our issues.
TorrentFreak: What big events do you have planned for the near future?
Kaczorowski: The registration, first inside party elections and Pirate Party internationals upcoming meeting in Berlin
TorrentFreak: Recently, you expressed your distaste with Commissioner Franco Frattini’s proposal regarding anti-terrorism and the Internet, by comparing it to how Poland was run in the 1980s. How much has the country changed since then, and what does the Pirate Party aim to do to help accelerate the change from the soviet era?
Kaczorowski: Like 180 degrees. In 80s we has socialism here with all its worst totalitarian ambitions and a grate SolidarnoÅ›Ä‡ movement underground. Media control was normal but it didn’t worked out. You could listen to Free Europe radio beside communist trying to jam transmissions, You could read all underground printed newspapers even if for having one you could get in jail quickly – the same would be with internet now , if someone would try to control information people will go underground. Even if from first sight trying to not give terrorist info is good – controlling internet is much worse – it is a step back in creating free informational society.
TorrentFreak: DziÄ™kujÄ™ bardzo za wasz czas
Kaczorowski: No problem
For more information about the Polish Party, you can visit their website here.