Collective actions and collisions on the net.

How is linked on the Internet – a graph w IssueCrawler

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The trial is going on in Sweden against The Pirate Bay. It might be interesting to see how the official party wing – Piratpartiet – and its www site is connected on the net.

Graph 1: How pirate party www sites were connected in April, 2007.

Original 1200px img dl here (1,2mb png)

I made this SNA graph about in April, 2007 with IssueCrawler, a very recommendable and free SNA tool on the net invented by and its director dr Richard Rogers. I cover IC issues later more, but the basic idea of this tools is, that it crawls voluntarily made www links between the www sites. So this (human-made) www linking indicates, that people who make links, somehow appreciate the sites to they are linking. This means that you can make at least slight expectations which kind of people or movement is making these links.

The graph shows at least that is much more networked than to piracy issues only. There are heavy connections to issues like wikis, copyrights, open source etc. and that indicates that people in the party are more keen about the overall issues than just swapping commercial files for free.

The graph is a part of my article Pirates in politics – internet piracy as individualised politics (2008). It was published with deeper analysis about the Swedish piracy movement itself in Net working / Networking: Citizen Initiated Internet Politics (Tapio Häyhtiö and Jarmo Rinne eds., Tampere University Press 2008). Introduction about the anthology in facebook.

The anthology Net working / Networking itself is some kind of quite interesting update to the net activism issues nowadays handled previously in the dawn of hactivism in another anthology: McCaughey, Martha & Ayers, Michael D. (eds.) (2003). Cyberactivism. Online Activism in Theory and Practice. Routledge, New York.


Written by kariahintikka

March 6, 2009 at 10:23 pm

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  1. 1.2mb jpg is png 😉


    March 10, 2009 at 4:56 am

  2. Nice graph, though, Piratpartiet is not an “official party wing” of TPB.


    March 10, 2009 at 8:13 am

    • It depends 😉 In my actual article I put it so that TPB is “very proactive radical action section” [of the party]. Yes, they are independent entities but have looser or tighter connections, how one sees it.

      Personally, I like very much that originally a net movement has so traditional inner network like traditional parties have:

      “In Sweden, Piratpartiet is an officially registered party with a named board of directors, regional contact persons and almost 9000 members at May 2007. There are independent but loosely connected educational and cultural actors; Piratbyrån; very proactive radical action section (The Pirate Bay with its supporters); autonomous supportive and co-operative actors (like The Artliberated Network); The Nordic regional alliance (The Pro Piracy Lobby); loose international bodies (Pirate Parties International); eighteen affiliate parties more or less in the forms of registered associations or parties . Piratpartiet also tries to achieve its goals and exert its influence through democratic elections and both the party and its radical wing The Pirate Bay (TPB) usually give statements in the media publicy with their own names and faces as opposed to traditional anonymous hackers” (Net working / Networking: Citizen Initiated Internet Politics 2008)


      March 10, 2009 at 4:19 pm

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