KEYNOTE - On the Pirate Party

Falkvinge's Piratpartiet is poised to win its first seat in the European Parliamentary election exactly three days before the conference, on a platform of copyright and patent reform. The Pirate Party (Swedish: Piratpartiet) is a political party in Sweden. Its sudden popularity has given rise to parties with the same name and similar goals in Europe and worldwide. The Party strives to reform laws regarding copyright and patents. The agenda also includes support for a strengthening of the right to privacy, both on the Internet and in everyday life, and the transparency of state administration. -
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Rickard Falkvinge

Rickard "Rick" Falkvinge (IPA: /'falk'viŋe/), born Dick Augustsson on 21 January 1972 in Gothenburg, is a Swedish IT entrepreneur known as the leader and founder of the Swedish Pirate Party.

Falkvinge graduated from Göteborgs Högre Samskola where he studied natural science in 1991. During his studies he was active in the Moderate Youth League (Swedish: Moderata Ungdomsförbundet), the youth wing of the Swedish Moderate Party.

He started his first company in 1988 at the age of 16.

In 1993 he began studies for a degree in Engineering Physics at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. He dropped out 1995 to work as an entrepreneur.

Falkvinge has previously worked as a project leader at Microsoft. He was manager of development at a smaller software company but resigned to work with the Pirate Party on a full time basis. The Danish documentary Good Copy Bad Copy includes segments of an interview with Falkvinge explaining the emergence of the Pirate Party in response to the May 2006 police raid on The Pirate Bay.

He currently resides in Sollentuna north of Stockholm.