The Swedish Pirate Party have decided that hosting The Pirate Bay on its own servers is not enough to defend people's "right to act politically" and have moved forward with a bigger and better plan. Two members of the political Piratpartiet are launching their very own ISP that will have the service coincide with the views and expressions of the party. Pirate ISP founders insist that the experience will be like no other - users will be responsible for maintaining the service and privacy will be one of their highest priorities.
Click the break to see what exactly this ISP is about.
We got a hold of an interview that Pirate ISP CEO and Pirate Party member Gustav Nipe had with TorrentFreak.
If you see something and you think it's broken you build a patch and fix it. With that as a reference point we are launching an ISP. This is one way to tackle the Big Brother society. The Pirate ISP is needed in different ways. One is to compete with other ISPs, let them fight more for our Internet. If they don't behave there will always be someone else taking their share.
ViaEuropa, the company that currently runs the Pirate Bay's anonymous VPN service, is joining forces with Pirate ISP to allow members to use the Internet anonymously. Nipe also made note to say that Pirate ISP will not allow the government to monitor its uses and that they refuse to keep logs. He went on to even take a shot at Sweden's Anti-Piracy Bureau by saying that "they can bring on whatever they have." The authorities have responded by saying that they are not intimidated by his scare tactics, and that Pirate ISP will be held to the same laws and policies as every other ISP when the police come knocking at their door. I guess they didn't consider there won't be anything to hand over if Pirate ISP doesn't keep any logs.
The service is already in beta testing in Lund and hopes to move to the rest of Sweden in a couple of months, so we'll see what happens and who will win this chess battle between the Pirates and the feds.