The illegal sharing of information has been very important in our history as it disrupted the monopoly on information of the totalitarian regimes. To name just a few examples: Comenius published his works in exile, dissidents circulated illegal publications via samizdat and the Czech Radio was broadcasting illegally during the foreign occupations. The Freedom of information is even more important in the information society of the 21st century. Pirates represent the next generation that has to earn its freedom.
Freedom of information is the right of people to use publicly accessible information and to enjoy the benefits resulting from its use. Freedom of information includes:
- the freedom to study information and put knowledge gained to use
- the freedom to share information
- the freedom to process information and share the processed information
Censorship is inadmissible. We consider the restriction of the freedom of information to be legitimate only in situations similar to those where freedom of expression is restricted.
The key to a prosperous, democratic and transparent state lies in the freedom of information. Pirates push ahead for the mandatory publication of any significant information and the removal of obstacles preventing the spread of published information:
- Information in the public sector. The Pirate Party promotes a model called Transparent organization for the public sector. This model makes it mandatory for public institutions to automatically publish information on the Internet using free (as in freedom) formats. We will increase the enforceability of the right to the information in order to ensure the effective use of public funds.
- Abolition of information monopolies. Information monopolies prevent people from sharing and using information. The politicians have given in to a series of information monopolies that supposedly motivate creators, inventors and producers to be more active. In reality though, the only ones benefitting from the monopolies are huge corporations whereas the market as a whole is failing (bullying of the collective societies, patent wars, orphan works). Our goal is to create an environment where the motivation to create goes hand in hand with the freedom of information.
- Support of free creators. We will preserve the contemporary free licenses and deploy them in the public sector (educational materials, photographs, documents, etc.). We will initiate the migration of the public sector to free software which doesn't have security risks rising from the hidden code and does not bring the dependency on a specific supplier.
- Education. From a long term perspective, we see innovation as the key towards the sharing and development of our cultural and intellectual wealth. We support educating citizens and students in all types of educational facilities about their right to information and about free formats and software. Furthermore, we support the digitization and publication of documents stored in public libraries and archives.
The mandatory publication of information from public institutions was previously out of the question and only publishers were able to disseminate information using expensive printing machines. Nowadays, thanks to technology, everybody can create, publish and share information.
We are convinced that our system is freer and more democratic.