It was the final night of the year, and I was wandering past upscale boutiques lining the streets of Mitte, a central district in what used to be East Berlin.
Recently, hackers have begun to involve themselves in real politics. The Pirate Party of Germany is a movement representative of this trend. The “Pirates,” who seek transparency in government and free access to government data, were established in 2006. The party currently has about 35,000 supporters, of which 1,500 are CCC members. In local assembly elections in 2011, the party seated 15 lawmakers in Berlin’s House of Representatives (Abgeordnetenhaus of Berlin). The leader of the Pirates, Bernd Schlömer, 41, who made an appearance at the CCC congress, said, “We have many highly educated young supporters who have a strong desire to participate in society’s decision-making process.”