EP Elections 2014: Common Program
Following the intention of creating the common program for the EP elections in 2014, as stated in The Prague Declaration and in The position of the PP-CZ towards the PP-EU, the Czech Pirate Party introduces its draft of the program consisting of 6 components that would in our opinion reach a consensus.
1. Reform of copy monopoly laws
- 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 benefiting 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.
- Abolishment of software and life–forms patents
2. E-government (not electronic elections)
- Institutional independence on location. In the same way you can run all errands with one clerk in the bank, we propose the possibility of making all of your agenda at any office. Nowadays we have to visit several departments and offices.
- Communication on the Internet. We will make the administrative agenda accessible in a unified public administration internet portal. Eg. citizens will get the possibility to claim occupation of public space on an interactive map, without the need to visit several offices. A system of feedback will be created in the public administration portal for public objections to regulations.
- Digital identity. The fundamental prerequisite for the e-government is a working identity verification system for Internet communication with public administration. One of the available options will be an e-ID with e-signature made free of charge.
- Proactive authority. The public institutions should try to deal with problems of the citizens in highest possible measure even without their own initiative (eg. automatically issuing identification documents). After logging-in into the portal of the public administration, the citizen gets a complete overview of their requests, the progress of other official procedures and further important notices.
- Professional and standardized publishing of documents. Similarly to administration in Germany a unified professional look of documents will be a part of official templates. Thanks to unified templates and free formats complying with Open Data standard the decisions will be processed faster and automatically made public in compliance with the Free Information Access Act according to the model of transparent organisation.
3. Free Software in the state and local administration
- 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.
4. Protection of privacy
- Anonymity. We demand the right of anonymity. There must be guaranteed anonymity built into all apparatus used for watching people; following identifiable people should require their explicit voluntary agreement.
- Privacy. We may accept surveillance of citizens in a public space only in clearly defined cases and only at the necessary minimum level (goldsmith's, offices, car park etc.). People must be informed about the rules for using the collected personal information, maximum storage time and the deletion policy. We reject further exchange of the collected data, especially in automatic ways.
- Security. Centralized databases run by the state, e.g. health registry, are at risk of leaks and abuse of sensitive information. We demand that citizens must retain control of their personal information and that it must be properly secured.
- Safeguards against abuse. In addition, everyone who was specifically followed or had his/her data accessed by the state official(s) should be informed of these facts in due time.
- Prohibition of wide interception of communications. The European directive on storing data dictates watching and storing information about all telecommunications connections and also about movement of all cellphones. We, in cooperation with other European pirate parties, seek the abolishment of this directive.
- Prohibition of wide spying (cameras, communication, mobile phones etc.). Public spaces are full of cameras that allow watching movement, face identification, and connection with information about traffic without acceptable reasons for this kind of encroachment on privacy. In addition, studies show that the presence of cameras has minimum effect on criminality, or criminality simply moves to other places. This is why we support and prioritise police personnel moving from watching the cameras to walking the streets.
- Prohibition of electronic and biological spying. Routine checks must not unreasonably interfere with privacy, so we reject „stripping“ with help of electronic scanners, perusal of private data on electronic devices and other similar invasive procedures. We oppose wide biological material collection from innocent citizens and its storage in central databases.
5. Transparency in government, administration and political parties
- Transparent organization:
- publishes all the information about its activities on the Internet (that includes accounting, contracts, structure of property, authority decisions, agenda), except information that is excluded by the law.
- all the finance management should be done exclusively via a transparent bank account which is publicly provided by a relevant bank on the Internet
- carries out competitive tendering using two-stage model
- exercises effective internal mechanism for control and enforcement of transparency rules
6. Universal referendum (upon a citizens' initiative)
- Possibility of removal from office of directly elected representatives by petition with signatures of voters. As for the indirectly elected authorities, the citizens should have the right to declare snap elections by petition.
- Citizens' legislative initiative which gives citizens opportunities to present petitions with new law proposals. This can protect those citizens' interests that are ignored by political parties. The Parliament or local government has to address the petition proposal and if they don't meet its requirements within one year, the decision will be made in a referendum. Modifications of the Constitution will be possible only through citizens' initiative in order to eliminate special interest modifications repeatedly attempted by politicians.
- Binding referenda at state-level, regional-level and municipality-level to decide on citizens' initiatives or principal issues proposed by the Parliament (international agreements, memberships in international organizations, military bases etc.). The government will not be allowed to endorse any a priori positions.