The first Pirate Party was founded on January 1, 2006 by Rick Falkvinge in Sweden.
Six months later, similar parties started to spring up all over the world. All of these parties started off with the same singular goal of intellectual property reform. But, these disparate parties realized that the roots of the world’s problems ran deeper than even intellectual property reform could fix.
With time, these parties added many more items to their platform. These can be condensed into 3 topics — Government and Corporate Transparency and Accountability, Personal Privacy, and, of course, Intellectual Property reform.
If nothing else, 2011 will be seen as the year of the uprisings. The year began with the Arab Spring, in which the citizens of various Middle Eastern countries rose up and either overthrew their governments or caused massive changes in their governing structures. Later in the year — September — the Occupy Wall Street movement began and quickly spread across the United States and to every continent except Antarctica.