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Minutes of the PPI GA 2017 (Geneva 25./26.11.2017

Saturday, 25. November 2017

TOP 0 - Keynote & Opening of the General Assembly

  • 11:04 Meeting opened by Guillaume Saouli
30 People in attendance
  • Chair of the meeting: Guillaume Saouli, Vice Bailey Lamon
  • Secretary of the meeting: Thomas Gaul, Keith Goldstein
  • Ballot Counters: Raymond Johanson, Thomas Gaul
  • Approval of the minutes last GAs:
No objections
Minutes of the 2017 1st GA
http://wiki.pp-international.net/Minutes_of_Online_GA_2017-1
Minutes of the 2016 GA
http://wiki.pp-international.net/PPI_Conference_2016/Minutes
  • Keynote by: Bailey Lamon

Present and presenting themselves are:

Bailey Lamon, vice chair of ppi. Delegate to PWB.
Belgium, Koen De Voegt (not present, Koen is not listed as a delegate)
Brazil, Daniel Prazeres, general secretary of PPBr
Czech, Marketa Gregorova, head of the international department, vice chair of PPEU, they have 22 MPs from the last election.
France, Etienne Evellin, three participants in total.
Germany, Gregory Engels, Thomas Gaul, Sebastian Krone, coalition negotiations are failing and there is a possibility of new elections soon. They are preparing for this possibility.
Greece, Dimitrios Sapika, they are preparing for their own general assembly
Israel, Keith Goldstein, expecting elections in the spring, and organizing Think Twice also in the spring.
Italy, Aram Gurekian
Netherlands, Rico Brouwer, Jonathan van Dijken and David van Deijk, three total, municipal elections in March with referendum
New Zealand, not present, but delegated to Internet Party Suzie Dawson personally
Norway, Raymond Johanson, international coordinator, board member of PPI, activist
Portugal, Nuno Cardoso and André Rosa, preparing for elections in a month or so. Nuno has participated on the board and other functions with PPI in the past.
Russia, Nikolay Voronov, international coordinator, two in attendance, Vladimir Savelev, had municipal elections in Moscow, good experience but no success. Presidential elections are upcoming.
Switzerland, Guillaume Saouli, he is not the representative but we are waiting on the representatives who are working on a net censorship bill. They will be attending later. New law being presented on transparency of political parties.
Tunisia, cbj, Chemseddine Ben Jemaa : http://wiki.pp-international.net/User:ChemsOnline
Turkey, Mehmet Safak Sari activist campaings on digital security and trainer, there are three representatives present. Sevket Uyanik, activist campains on censorship and Arda Cetin IT Consultant
  • 17 Member Countries Present (16 discounting Switzerland)

Table of Parties present (Number presents the voting power)

  • Austria Pirate Party Austria 1 (since 13:30)
  • Belarus Pirate Party Belarus 0
  • Belgium Pirate Party Belgium 0
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 0
  • Brazil Partido Pirata do Brasil 1
  • Bulgaria Pirate Party Bulgaria 0
  • Catalonia Catalonia Pirates de Catalunya (1/2 vote) 0
  • Croatia Pirate Party Croatia 0
  • Czech Republic Pirate Party Czech Republic 1
  • Estonia Pirate Party Estonia 0
  • Finland 0
  • France Parti Pirate France 1
  • Germany Piratenpartei Deutschland 1
  • Greece Pirate Party Greece 1
  • Hungary 0
  • Israel Pirate Party Israel 1
  • Italy Partito Pirata Italiano 1
  • Japan Pirate Party Japan 0
  • Kazakhstan Pirate Party Kazakhstan 0
  • Latvia Pirātu Partija 0
  • Luxembourg Pirate Party Luxembourg 0
  • Morocco Pirate Party Morocco 0
  • Netherlands Pirate Party Netherlands 1
  • New Zealand Pirate Party of New Zealand 0
  • Norway Piratpartiet 1
  • Poland Pirate Party Poland 0
  • Portugal Partido Pirata Portugues 1
  • Romania Pirate Party Romania 0
  • Russia Pirate Party Russia 1
  • Slovakia Pirate Party Slovakia 0
  • Slovenia Pirate Party Slovenia 0
  • South Korea 0
  • Spain Pirate Party Spain (1/2 vote) 0
  • Switzerland Pirate Party Switzerland 0 (NOT COUNTED - delegates are not present)
  • Tunisia Pirate Party Tunisia 1
  • Turkey Pirate Party Turkey 1
  • Ukraine Pirate Party Ukraine 0

Sum 13

  • Quorum is established with 13 present votes out of 35 votes, 12 needed.

TOP 1 - Admittance of new PPI Members

  • Internet Party New Zealand (ordinary membership)
Suzie Dawson is the representative. The Internet Party is very similar to the Pirate Party, with similar core values. The party was founded by Kim Dotcom. He is currently not involved in the party directly or its financing. Suzie Dawson is the current chair. Suzie Dawson as an individual has been delegated the vote of New Zealand.
https://internet.org.nz/
their constitustion http://ipnz.github.io/Docs/ConstitutionAndRules/
Short break 11:46 -11:55h
  • Practice of polleverywhere system, experiment to see how it works. Change of plans that we will not use polleverywhere
  • Test question:
Is a hot dog a sandwich?
Yes: France, Israel, Netherlands, Turkey (4)
No: Brazil, Czech, Greece, Norway (4)
Abstain: Germany, Italy, Portugal, Russia (4)
  • We have a tie!
Do the delegates want to admit the Internet Party as a full member of Pirate Parties International
(Recommendation that they present themselves personally or that they request observer membership)
Portugal, France, Italy and Czech second the proposal by Norway to delay the vote until Suzie Dawson can present the application.
Vote is suspended until later today or tomorrow. We will advance it on the agenda.
Point that the application needs to be submitted in advance. Application was submitted according to the statutes with paper work.
Decision is postponed until the Internet Party can respresent themselves
FYI: https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmduyyNKM8FwsKfQHkB18NmZaHwmZSDaEvQxMiY6cRLAo1
Has the party been vetted to see if it preserves democratic principles? As to the knowledge of Thomas Gaul, yes. According to Ray Johanson, they are a democratic party and fulfill this.
https://internet.org.nz/ http://ipnz.github.io/Docs/ConstitutionAndRules/

TOP 2 - Issues of Statements

Are there any concerns or proposals?
Question by Bailey Lamon - What types of technical assistance can PPI provide?
Important goal of starting Pirate parties in countries where there is not yet a party.
After becoming a member, there are growing pains, and we can learn from each other. Helping countries grow their parties.
Connect pirates around the world. There are established parties in some countries and then individuals. There are common issues. Build a solid base.
The globalized world still has borders. Each country can have preferences. We should have a conception about what preferences should exist in other countries.
Discussion on the help with supporting the foundation of new pirate parties.
PP-NO: Dimitry Bogatov campaign, #freebogatov
Guillaume: Looking at how to finance and fund projects. Possibilities that UN observer memberships brings with it.
PP-FR: A common communication and decision making tool is necessary. In France they are using Discord, and Congressus and it works. Maybe this can work at the international level, and we can work together to establish a free tool that will allow organizations to synchronize their activities. https://discordapp.com/

Comment that Pirates are generally in favor of open source software, and so if there is an open source option that it will get further support.

PP-CZ: If PPI could create a starter pack about basic principles and basic templates for registration. Can we create materials to help parties start a movement?
PP-DE: PPI should create a database of political manifestos and election programs from Pirate Parties around the world. It should also include the collection of significant political motions brought up by pirates in parliaments. This database should be made available to general public, and the PPI Members should be given the possibility to autonomously update their own entries.
PP-IL: It would be great to have a physical location (Geneva? or better place) where pirate could go to and do things together.

TOP 3 - Statutes Amendments

  • Discussion only
There was a proposal to make the statutes more understandable
https://ppi.piratenpad.de/168
We prepared the statute amendments. We need to present them to our constituents with sufficient time to review, so we will not vote on them in this meeting. However, we do want to bring everyone's attention to the proposed revisions that are available at the above pad. Revisions were proposed in regards to grammar and syntax, as well as content. These revisions should be voted on separately.
  • Break until 14:45
  • Switzerland and Austria joined, so 14 Votes are given out of 25.
  • Procedural Motion:
There is a suggestion to alter the schedule and make decisions on the functioning of the board before deciding on the members of the board.
Any objections to the procedural motion?
  • Motion 1 concerning the work of the board:
In order to make the board more effective and benefit from the competencies of the designated alternate board members, the present motion is brought fourth.
The motion scope is to empower the alternate board members and make them fully operational position within the board rather then stand-by ones.
Upon acceptance of the present motion, the rules of procedure will be enhanced in the following way:
The alternate board members are available to replace any board member which is unavailable for a board meeting and can effectvely carry the vote of the absentee.
handled with below

TOP 4 - Reports

TOP 4.1 - Board

  • Guillaume Saouli:
Active Search for Think Twice Conference, academic process of preparing grant requests and journal registration
IT infrastructure, we are currently trying to salvage the old infrastructure and restore and rebuild the applications from scratch.
Mailing server. We cannot migrate it, because it is so old.
  • Bailey Lamon - Monthly membership meetings have happened. Meetings that happen about once a month for pirates to meet and let us know what is going on in their country. These meetings should happen more regularly.
  • Keith Goldstein. Statement of Treasurer:
All finances are updated to https://wiki.pp-international.net/finances
We have 2,157 CHF (1,845 EURO) in the Swiss Account.
We have 473 EUR in the Belgian Paypal.
We have debt of -2,277 € + server costs + costs of this GA+ other
In summary, our debts outweigh our deposits, but we have liquidity at the moment
  • Affiliation Fees
We have received affiliation fees or requests for deferment or cancellation of affiliation fees from the following countries:
Germany
Switzerland
Norway
France
Russia
Israel
Estonia
Finland
New Zealand
Poland
Tunisia
Italy
Austria
Question about changing the headquarters and closing the Belgian headquarters. We are in the process of closing the Belgian headquarters, but those plans are delayed. There are costs of incorporating in Switzerland, and we are able to delay those costs by keeping the Belgian headquarters open.
  • Projects of the treasurer
Statute revisions
Think Twice, https://think-twice.co/callforabstracts/
Videos (little progress)
ECOSOC (5 registered entrants)
Grant Applications (recommendations)
Records database
Finance pages, fees, invoices
Affiliation Fees
Research
Crowdfunding https://www.gofundme.com/piratepartiesinternational
Collaborating with Pirate Times and other affiliates
Membership database

TOP 4.2 - Court of Arbitration

  • Sebastian Krone:
The Court of Arbitration had been very lazy. No cases, no meetings no nothing. But we are still alive, hopefully. ;-)
My suggestion is that you would please respect this situation, because this is a good working atmospehre for the future.
It would be great if CoA could develop tools to identify problems earlier. The CoA needs to decide, and it is difficult for the CoA to propose solutions and decide problems. Perhaps the CoA can nominate someone to tackle the task of proposing solutions.

TOP 4.3 - Lay Auditors

not available. lay auditors cannot be reached.
does anyone have any information about the lay auditors, because we were unable to contact them all year? Several emails were sent.
technical break at 15:30 -15:39

TOP 5 Elections of PPI officers

TOP 5.1. Board

1 (one) Vice-Chairperson

  • Candidates:
Bailey Lamon (PPCA) - sponsor PPDE
List of candidates closed 16:25
Bailey Lamon, has been nominated again for vice chairperson for two years. She would like to reduce the bureacracy within PPI.
Election starts 16:26
  • Yes;tunisia, turkey, switzerland, russia, portugal, israel, greece, germany, france, czech, brazil, austria (14.5 Votes)
  • No: 0
  • Abstain: 0
Italy (not present),
  • Bailey had been elected unanimously.
Bailey accepted the election

2 (two) board members

  • Candidates:
Raymond Johanson (PPNO) - sponsor PPDE
Keith Goldstein (PPIL) - sponsor PPDE
Gregory Engels (PPDE) - sponsor PPDE
Daniel Dantas Prazeres (PPBR) - sponsor PPBR
Etienne Evellin (PPFR) - sponsor PPFR
  • Approval voting!
Raymond Johanson presents himself. Pirate activist from Norway.
Keith Goldstein presents himself, former Treasurer, very active in the past.
Gregory Engels presents himself, involved since 2010 in PPI in various positions. He withdraw his candidature for this moment and supports Raymond and Keith.
Daniel Dantas Prazeres withdraw his candidature for this moment. He is anxious to assist as a political scientist and activist who is active as a leader of PPBR
Etienne Evellin: A politician from PPFR. He wants to participate in the board, but he is also open to becoming an alternate member. He is a law student and can provide legal advice.
Question about digital human rights and autonomous war machines.
List of candidatures closed 16:55.
  • Short break until 17:05
  • Approval voting! Only Yes-Votes please!
  • Raymond: 13.5
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Catalonia (1/2 vote)
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Keith: 14.5
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Catalonia (1/2 vote)
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Etienne: 11.5
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Catalonia (1/2 vote)
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey
  • Keith Goldstein and Raymond Johanson are elected
Keith accepted the election.
Raymond accepted the election.

3 (three) Alternate board members

  • Annotation: The elected board members fill in the Rank 2-4. Rank 1 is held by Adam Wolff.
  • Candidates:
Gregory Engels (PPDE) - Sponsor PPDE
Etienne Evellin (PPFR) - Sponsor PPFR
Daniel Dantas Prazeres (PPBR) - Sponsor PPBR
Arda Cetin (PPTR) - Sponsor PPTR http://wiki.pp-international.net/User:Ardacetin
Chemseddine Ben Jemaa (PPTN)- Sponsor PPTN http://wiki.pp-international.net/User:ChemsOnline


Arda Cetin presents himself shortly.
Chemseddine Ben Jemaa: see my link.
List of candidatures closed 17:29
  • Short break until 17:40 due to cbj is offline.
  • Election starts at 17:49.
  • Approval voting! Only Yes-Votes!
Alternate board members
  • Gregory Engels: 12.5
Austria
Brazil
Catalonia (1/2 vote)
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Greece
Israel
Italy
Norway
Portugal
Russia
Turkey
  • Etienne Evellin: 13,5
Austria
Brazil
Catalonia (1/2 vote)
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Greece
Israel
Italy
Norway
Portugal
Russia
Switzerland
Turkey
  • Daniel Dantas Prazeres: 12.5
Brazil
Catalonia (1/2 vote)
Czech Republic
France
Germany
Greece
Israel
Italy
Norway
Portugal
Russia
Switzerland
Turkey
  • Arda Cetin: 8.5
Brazil
Catalonia (1/2 vote)
Germany
Israel
Italy
Russia
Switzerland
Turkey
  • Chemseddine Ben Jemaa: 5.5
Brazil
Catalonia (1/2 vote)
Israel
Italy
Norway
Russia
Turkey
Tie Approval (for succession order)
  • Gregory Engels: 8
Austria
Czech Republic
Germany
Greece
Italy
Portugal
Switzerland
Turkey
  • Daniel Dantas Prazeres 8,5
Brazil
Catalonia (1/2 vote)
France
Germany
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Switzerland
Tunisia
  • Etienne accepted the election.
  • Daniel accepted the election.
  • Gregory accepted the election.

TOP 5.2. - 3-7 members Court

  • Candidates:
  • Sebastian Krone (PPDE) - sponsor PPDE
  • In favour:
Austria Pirate Party Austria
Brazil Partido Pirata do Brasil
France Parti Pirate France
Germany Piratenpartei Deutschland
Greece Pirate Party Greece
Italy Partito Pirata Italiano
Norway Piratpartiet
Portugal Partido Pirata Portugues
Russia Pirate Party Russia
Switzerland Pirate Party Switzerland
Tunisia Pirate Party Tunisia
Turkey Pirate Party Turkey
  • 12.5 Votes
  • In favour:
Austria Pirate Party Austria
Brazil Partido Pirata do Brasil
France Parti Pirate France
Germany Piratenpartei Deutschland
Greece Pirate Party Greece
Italy Partito Pirata Italiano
Norway Piratpartiet
Portugal Partido Pirata Portugues
Russia Pirate Party Russia
Switzerland Pirate Party Switzerland
Tunisia Pirate Party Tunisia
Turkey Pirate Party Turkey
  • 12.5 Votes
  • Denis Simonet (PPCH) - Sponsor PPDE
  • In favour:
Austria Pirate Party Austria
Brazil Partido Pirata do Brasil
France Parti Pirate France
Germany Piratenpartei Deutschland
Greece Pirate Party Greece
Italy Partito Pirata Italiano
Norway Piratpartiet
Portugal Partido Pirata Portugues
Russia Pirate Party Russia
Switzerland Pirate Party Switzerland
Tunisia Pirate Party Tunisia
Turkey Pirate Party Turkey
  • 12.5 Votes
  • Sebastian accepted the election.
  • Chemseddine accepted the election.
  • Denis accepted the election via phone.

TOP 5.3. - Lay Auditors

  • Candidates:
It would be great to get some people who were willing to be competent with auditing, helping out with collecting affiliation fees, writing invoices, and other financial matters.
Lay auditors are not optional. We need them to fulfill obligations for registration and organization needs.
Svein Mork Dahl (PPNO) - sponsor PPDE
David van Deijk (PPNL) - sponsor PPDE
Roland Schneider (PPAT) - sponsor PPDE Sorry, can't accept the nomination.
  • Meeting postponed until Sunday (26.11.2017) morning, meeting will continue at 10 h CET (closed for today at 18:29h)

Sunday, 25. November 2017

  • Reopened: on 10.33 h CET
Chair: Guillaume Saouli
Secretary Thomas Gaul
  • Roll call
Austria- yes
Belarus- no
Belgium- no
Bosnia- no
Brazil- yes
Bulgaria- no
Catalonia-no
Croatia- no
Czech- no
Estonia- no
Finland- no
France- yes
Germany- yes
Greece- yes
Hungary- no
Israel- yes
Italy- yes
Japan- no
Kazakhstan- no
Latvia- no
Luxembourg- no
Morocco- no
Netherlands- yes
New Zealand- yes
Norway- yes
Poland- no
Portugal- yes
Romania- no
Russia- yes
Slovakia- no
Slovenia- no
South Korea- no
Spain- no
Switzerland- yes
Tunisia- no
Turkey- no
  • Quorum is established with 13 present votes out of 35 votes, 12 needed.
  • Continuence (TOP 1 - Admittance of new PPI Members) from Saturday
Internet Party New Zealand presents itself (Suzie Dawson). They are a distinct party from PPNZ. They are registered for elections in NZ while PPNZ is not. IPNZ is supported by key members of PPNZ, and they have already been delegated to vote on behalf of PPNZ in this GA.
  • PPTN added to the Quorum, so 14 Votes are available
  • Votes:
  • Yes: 12
  • Nay: 1
  • Abstain: 1
  • Austria: abstain
  • Brazil: yes
  • France: nay
  • Germany: yes
  • Greece: yes
  • Israel: yes
  • Italy: yes
  • Netherlands: yes
  • New Zealand : yes
  • Norway: yes
  • Portugal: yes
  • Russia: yes
  • Switzerland: yes
  • Tunisia: yes
  • Motion is passed. IPNZ is accepted to PPI.
  • Short break until 11:35

TOP 5.3. - Lay Auditors (continued)

  • Candidates:
It would be great to get some people who were willing to be competent with auditing, helping out with collecting affiliation fees, writing invoices, and other financial matters.
Lay auditors are not optional. We need them to fulfill obligations for registration and organization needs.
Svein Mork Dahl (PPNO) - sponsor PPDE
David van Deijk (PPNL) - sponsor PPDE Sorry, can't accept the nomination.
Roland Schneider (PPAT) - sponsor PPDE Sorry, can't accept the nomination.
Dimitrios Sapikas (PPGR) - sponsor PPGR
Kacem Marzouki (PPTN) - sponsor PPTN
  • Votes: (Appoval Voting, only Yes-Votes, more than 50% per candidate)
  • Svein Mork Dahl (12 votes)
  • In favour:
Brazil
France
Germany
Greece
Israel
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
Russia
Switzerland
  • Dimitrios Sapikas (12 votes)
  • In favour:
Brazil
France
Germany
Greece
Israel
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
Russia
Switzerland
  • Kacem Marzouki (13 votes)
  • In favour:
Brazil
France
Germany
Greece
Israel
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
Russia
Switzerland
Tunisia
  • Svein Mork Dahl, Dimitrios Sapikas and Kacem Marzouki accepted the election.
  • Lay auditors please send an email to treasurer@pp-international.net in order for us to establish contact.

TOP 6 Motions, Amendments

  • Motion 04 for the GA (from PPAT and others)
The board of PPI decides that a workgroup is assigned to always take care and evaluate the current possibilites of communication within PPI and with other PPs around the world. It is desired that the most comprehensible, technically maintainable, free and according to current standards safe communications software is being used, making sure that a low-level entrance as well as high practicability are met with current security standards. The workgroup monitors, maintains and makes proposals to the board.
  • Yes 13:
  • No: -
  • Abstain: 1
  • Austria: yes
  • Brazil: yes
  • France: yes
  • Germany. abstain
  • Greece: yes
  • Israel: yes
  • Italy: yes
  • Netherlands: yes
  • New Zealand (0.5): yes
  • Norway: yes
  • Portugal: yes
  • Russia: yes
  • Switzerland: yes
  • Tunisia: yes
  • IPNZ (0.5): yes
  • Motion passed.

Following decisions already made on Saturday:

  • Motion 01 concerning the work of the board:
In order to make the board more effective and benefit from the competencies of the designated alternate board members, the present motion is brought fourth.
The motion scope is to empower the alternate board members and make them fully operational position within the board rather then stand-by ones.
Upon acceptance of the present motion, the rules of procedure will be enhanced in the following way:
The alternate board members are available to replace any board member which is unavailable for a board meeting and can effectvely carry the vote of the absentee.
  • Votes:
Yes:Switzerland, Portugal, Russia, Norway, Netherlands, Turkey, Israel, Germany, Greece, France, Czech, Tunisia, Brazil, Austria,
Nay:
Abstain:
Italy (not present)
  • The motion was accepted unanimously with zero nays and zero abstains and 14 yays.
  • Motion xx concerning a temporary increase in board members, Title two more board members
Put by PPI-Board, PP-IS Sponsor
PP-IS Motion: Two more board members
  • Statutes regarding board:
(3) The Board is composed of:
a) one Chairperson,
b) one Vice-Chairperson, and
c) five additional Board Members
We request a one-time revision to the following statute to increase from five additional board members to seven. This temporary revision would become permanent if agreed upon at the following GA.
Rationale - We need volunteers from all over the world for various projects such as ECOSOC and social media. At the moment our board is stretched doing most of the volunteer work and needs help. We are hoping that an increase now of two additional board members will assist the organization. Applicants to be a board member should be willing to attend most of the meetings and commit to several additional hours of volunteer work. Assistance is greatly appreciated.
(Currently members have suggested that we cannot have a temporary revision to enable additional board members, because this will require a revision to the statutes. However, considering the temporary nature of the motion, the GA may consider whether to vote on it.)
  • This motion is not addmissable, as it would change the statutes, and cannot be handled at this GA session.
  • Motion 02 concerning the creation of workgroups
In the new dynamic that PPI has taken, and with the projectized approach required to deliver results, such as the ThinkTwice Conference, its journal, the Pirate Security Conference, and other intiatives, we need to make our structure evolve.
The scope of motion is the following one:
1- Retire the "Standing Committees" as their description fits non-delivery oriented activities, and internal policies development, which can be undertaken by any delegate within the GA structure, or online voting.
2- Introduce the "Working group" structure, which is formed to enable delivery of initiatives and projects, in an autonomous fashion, while maintaining a clear line of reporting toward the board and the rest of the organisation. Thus ensuring the continuity of information and apropriate handling of the projects.
  • Votes:
Yes: Austria, Catalonia (0.5), France, Greece, Norway, Switzerland, Tunisia
Nay: Germany, Israel,
Abstain: Brazil, , Czech, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Turkey
  • Motion passed with 6.5 yes votes, 2 no votes, and 7 abstains
(Comment made that these working groups and standing committees have existed in the past, but there was little accomplishment from either.)
(the old Motion Text regarding standing committees that is about to be abandoned: From the online GA 2015
http://wiki.pp-international.net/Online_GA_2015/Motions#MO-8_Standing_Committees
  • Short break until 12:30
  • Meeting is continued at 12:32h

TOP 6 Motions, Amendments continued

  • PPCZ joins and is added to the quorum.
The board would like to propose that PPI via the delegates setup an award recognition process in order to acknowledge exceptional contributions from individuals, organisations or any projects/initiatives.
  • Motion 05
The board is free to organize their own awards based on the following criterions:
Exceptional contributions to the operations of PPI
Exceptional contributions to the Pirate Movement
Exceptional contributions on behalf of the Pirate Movement or PPI
The GA Delegates would designate general PPI awards covering broader initiatives and actions either stemming from a national, regional or global initiative:
Exceptional contributions to the operations of a particular entity within the Pirate Movement,
Exceptional contributions to the Pirate Movement
Exceptional contributions on behalf of the Pirate Movement or PPI
  • Votes:
Yes: 8
Nay: 5
Abstain: 1
  • Austria: Nay
  • Brazil: Abstain
  • Czech Republic : Nay
  • France: Nay
  • Germany: Yes
  • Greece: Yes
  • Israel: Yes
  • Italy: Abstain
  • Netherlands : Nay
  • New Zealand (0.5): Yes
  • Norway: Yes
  • Portugal: Nay
  • Russia: Yes
  • Switzerland: Yes
  • Tunisia: Yes
  • IPNZ (0.5): Yes
  • Motion passed
  • Short break until 13:30
reopened: 13:35h
  • Motion 06
PPDE propose: The PPI GA decides to change the wording of the already passed Motion 04 to begin with "The General Assembly of PPI decides…" instead of the passed earlier "The board of PPI decides…"
  • Votes
Yes: 15
  • Austria
  • Brazil
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • IPNZ
Nay: 0
Abstain: 0
  • Motion passed unanimously
  • Recess until 15:00

TOP 7 Discussion about the results

Nice but busy location.
Summery made by Raymond Johanson
Good internet is mandatory.
  • We will be back 15:45 (break starts 15:28)
Feedback / criticism from austria:
I absolutely get that organising such a thing is a hassle and that it's never gonna be perfect. So thank you for going through all of that.
Things that could be improved:
The invitation system is complicated, public links should be issued or at least shared a lot more > Twitter, Newsletter to PPs etc., also please ask PP organs to share amongst their peers. Delegate to people directly.
The order of business needs to be prepared and in the pad before the GA starts so we can ask our parties / boards on their stance.
Motions should be sent to PPI at least a week before GA in order to appear on the timetable and put online.
New / adhoc motions will be processed at the end of meeting and only if there is time left.

Changes of process need to be changed in the pad immediately, so people can follow. This was extremely confusing.

The current line we are at, could be posted in the chat at times / shown on screen.
All official parts need to be recorded! This is a deal-breaker if there is no proper log / protocol.

One person should always keep eyes on the chat, ideally talking to the admin / helping solve problems. Voting / Videobroadcasting needs to be tested before the GA. Seeing it doesn't work during the GA will always make problems.

We need better administration of zoom or similar sofware. Feedback needs to be muted, speakers allowed to speak etc. Dunno if we really can trust on everybody doing this him- / herself the proper way.

People oughta be in a silent environment when joining. I couldn't understand about 20% of overall broadcasting time.

Starting / End times should be kept. Lots of waiting.
Absolutely less breaks. We had a break like every hour, breaks were prolonged and so on. This is very nerve-wrecking. Better make like 3 big pauses but intermediate keep going and maintain a flow.

On the other hand we had no time to discuss the motion to grant IPNZ full membership. This was inappropriate & will be point of further discussion. A decision of this magnitude should never be stressed & put to a vote prematurely. It's not OK that 2 people can cut speaking time for all the rest. Also questions need to be answered. This was foul play and will be reported.

When motions are clearly not understood in full or the broadcast was problematic, it needs to be reviewed / postponed and not put to a vote.
All in all I think the meeting could have easily be done in one day if we were used to the procedures. Speeding that up surely is possible and should be our main goal.
Again thanks for doing all that. I know how there is always problems and people not content with what and how it is done. So please accept this as criticism not complaints.
Feedback from Jens Stomber (PP-DE)

I followed the instructions on the PPI website https://pirate-parties.net/2017/11/update-final-preparations-for-ppi-general-assembly-tomorrow/ and registered for the zoom conference. I also installed the Zoom software and got it running. Nevertheless, I was not provided with the meeting ID and had to request it from Gregory Engels in a private chat so that I could join the meeting. I wonder why you did not just publish the meeting ID (https://zoom.us/j/245570218 ) on the PPI wiki?

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