After months of planning and organisation, Iceland’s Pirate Party has been formally established.
Many will recall that MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir was among those who helped initiate the formation of the party last July, even as she was also working on the creation of the party Dögun, comprised of members of The Civic Movement, The Movement, and the Liberal Party. Birgitta told reporters at the time, “I’m often crossing paths with nerds, as I’m such a nerd myself. The Pirate Party doesn’t revolve around me. I’m just one of many who are creating the group.”
Since then, the founding members of the party have held regular meetings to hammer together a platform, focusing on freedom of expression and increased transparency. The party’s policies were built with the help of the input of the general public, who were invited to the meetings.
RÚV now reports that the party has been officially established, and ready to run in parliamentary elections next spring.
The formation of the party makes them a part of a network of similar parties, spanning about 60 different countries. Birgitta, calling it a “realistic anarchist party”, added that the main focus of the Pirate Party in Iceland would concern reviewing copyright and personal privacy law, while at the same time emphasising greater government transparency and increased freedom of expression.