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Pirate Party Turkey
Korsan Parti Türkiye
PresidentTan Siret Akıncı
Ekim Atay [1][2]
Secretary-GeneralMehmet Ali [3][2]
HeadquartersIstanbul
Youth wingKorsan Ocakları [4][better source needed]
IdeologyPirate politics
Neo-Piratism[5]
Anti-copyright
Big tent Libertarianism
Factions:
Green politics
Anarchism
Political positionSyncretic
International affiliationPirate Parties International
International Logic Party
Pirate Party Middle East
ColoursBlack/White
Party flag
#Korsanlıkİyidir Flag of Pirate Party Turkey
Website
korsanparti.net

The Pirate Party Turkey (Turkish: Korsan Parti Türkiye) is a political organization in Turkey based on the model of the Swedish Pirate Party.[6] It was firstly founded by Serdar Kuzuloğlu and İsmail Hakkı Polat in August 26, 2009. After getting dissolved in 2010 due to infighting and disagreements, it got refound in 2013 by Serhat Koç, Barış Büyükakyol and Şevket Uyanık. The organization is inactive since 2015 and a reorganization attempt in 2017 got unsuccessful. The organization got a third refoundation in January 21, 2021, which is still in process of reorganizing the old supporters while trying to appeal to the new generation.[7][better source needed]

History

First generation (2009–2010)

Serdar Kuzuloğlu started the Pirate Party of Turkey movement in August 26, 2009.[8][9][10] Over the call of Kuzuloğlu, İsmail H. Polat who was busy on a documentary about Pirate Party of Sweden joined the foundation process. After the positive feedback over the open call of the party, the two initiated the organizing process and contacted Pirate Party of Sweden for suggestions. After hearing their experience and gathering their suggestions, the party tried to synthesize the pirate ideology to local culture and finally started the movement on the net. The website and pages in various social media platforms are opened to appeal to the biggest audience possible. In addition to that, a Pirate Bulletin is opened over Google Groups. At the end of 2009, nearly 3.000 people interacted with Pirate Party of Turkey.[11]

After the infighting and overall difficulty of Turkish political party laws, the movement withered away by time.

Second generation (2010–2017)

Serhat Koç withdrew people who were members of the group by interacting with the Google group of the Pirate Party, which lost its activity after 2010.[12] Following Serhat's 2-year organizing process within the group, the party was introduced to the public under the leadership of Serhat Koç, Şevket Uyanık and Barış Büyükakyol in 2013,[13] and the first open meeting was held on Saturday, in August 10, 2013, at 14:00 for the establishment of the party.[14] As a result of the failure of the establishment of the party like the past Pirate Party period, the existence of the organization as an association and under the name of Pirate Party Movement was accepted by an overwhelming majority. The movement took part in the Open Coalition that prepared the Deputy Integrity Pledge signed by Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu in 2015.[15] During this period, it became clear that the Pirate Party would not compete in the current politics aimed at power, or would not go the traditional right-left distinction, but would direct the politics from outside in line with its principles, adopting a syncretic line when it comes to policies.

The movement was divided into two due to corruption incidents as of 2016, and many people, including Serhat Koç left the organization. Even though several people like Mehmet Şafak Sarı attempted to revive the divided movement during this period, no success was achieved.

Third generation (2021–present)

The reorganization of the movement came to the fore with the opening of a new Pirate Party Twitter account and website in early 2021.[16][17] Tan Siret Akıncı, with the support of some former Pirate Party founders, started a mass refoundation campaign of Pirate Party in Turkey by calling old pirates and new digital freedom movements. By participation of various people from different backgrounds, A Refoundation Committee responsible for administration of the party to operate until a proper constitution is formed. The organization is still in process of reorganizing the Pirate Party in Turkey and getting interest of the new generation by following the agenda and participating in youth movements.

Party platform

Social policies

Civil rights and liberties

Pirate Party of Turkey (PPTR) favors the civil right to information privacy and reforms of copyright, education, computer science and genetic patents as well as promotion of copyright and usage/development of free software. PPTR promotes in particular an enhanced transparency of government. PPTR is a community existed to defend the internet as a realm unrestricted and free of phishing. For global, free and open internet, The PPTR will keep on organizing and supporting protests against the mechanisms of censor, and mechanisms that help to control and trace online privacy.

Civil disobedience

Pirate Party Turkey members in Kadıköy participating in#HayatEveSığmıyor protests against the lockdown, which got organized on Twitter.
Pirate Party Turkey members in Kadıköy participating in#HayatEveSığmıyor protests against the lockdown, which got organized on Twitter.

According to PPTR, civil disobedience movements located on the Internet, tries to attract attention to the concerns and priorities about fundamental rights and freedoms. The PPTR supports freedom of expression with regard to basic ideas, arguments and intellectual viewpoints motivated by the concept of freedom of information. PPTR is impartial, independent and does not include any form of hierarchy and existed through the motive of “defending freedoms”.

Open Access

The party opposes the dismantlement of civil rights especially on the Internet and other means of communication. The Party also opposes Turkey’s view on Internet censorship and various measures of surveillance of citizens. The PPTR supports freedom of expression on Internet.

Infrastructure Monopoly

The PPTR's support for freedom of expression with regard to basic ideas, arguments and intellectual viewpoints is motivated by the concept of freedom of information. PPTR is impartial, independent and does not include any form of hierarchy and existed through the motive of “defending freedoms”. The censorship by government agencies will be rejected.

Decentralization

The party supports decentralised systems in both governmental and corporate levels for sustaining direct democracy.

Economic policies

Korsanpartibrosur
Korsanpartibrosur

Free and fast Internet

PPTR sees access to the Internet as a human right from which everyone should benefit, so it supports mass conversion to Fiber Internet technology in the entire nation in 10 years by funding ISP companies and making it accessible and free for everyone.

Cryptocurrencies

The party supports integration of Cryptocurrencies by removing high taxes on them and funding projects based on Blockchain technology.

Open source

PPTR urges the need of switching to open source software and operating systems in all public infrastructure, and funding open source entrepreneurships to spread them.

Cooperativism

The party promises to make credit to the cooperatives of all sectors to spread cooperativist business model.

Copyright and patent

The party supports copyright and patent reform to reduce their deadlines in order to boost accessibility.

Party representatives

Party General Secretaries

References

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  13. ^ ""Zaman Anonimlik Zamanı" - Elif Akgül - bianet".
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  16. ^ @korsanpartitr (29 January 2021). "Coming soon..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  17. ^ @korsanpartitr (20 April 2021). "Websitemiz açıldı! 🎉" (Tweet) – via Twitter.