Mark Chapman

party: Pirate Party UK
constituency: Vauxhall

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To what degree should access to information on the internet be restricted by the state or private companies?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

As the Pirate Party Candidate for Vauxhall, and a member of the Open Rights Group I believe in a free and open Internet. I don't believe that either the state or private companies should filter content in any way, on any grounds. Such web-filtering tools are a form of censorship by the state (or the state by proxy) and as such I oppose them in principle on civil liberties grounds.

Furthermore, I believe that they are dangerous - the web-filtering tools currently in place block lots of 'sexual identity' charity websites and forums which are desperately needed by teenagers who are uncertain in their sexuality and who are wanting information and on-line support. By blocking such sites we are not giving our children access to the information that they need at the point when they need it most.

How would you reform surveillance law, oversight and practice to respect the rights of law-abiding people?

organisation: Open Rights Group (ORG)

The Pirate Party has been campaigning hard against this assault on our civil liberties for years now. As we know from the Snowden revelations the UK has rolled out a vast surveillance programme, with GCHQ being one of the worst global offenders. Recently UK-US electronic communications interception was found to be illegal.

I would fight for the following measures: Require an end to warrantless mass surveillance; Oppose the return of the Communications Data Bill (AKA “Snoopers' Charter”); Support a thorough overhaul of all intercept legislation to respect privacy; Push for proper oversight and that warrants aren't just rubber stamped; Have a parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee that is truly critical and on the side of citizens.

Personally, I think it is disgraceful how we have been misled as a public, we were told that the death of the Snoopers' Charter would curtail blanket interception, but from what we know now thanks to Snowden that simply isn't the case.

Far from keeping us safe, this massive intrusion is flooding too much information and potentially squandering £2.5 billion over a decade on communication that is simply useless in the fight against terrorism.

It is a very dangerous shift in the attitude of government to all of us- it turns us all from citizens in to suspects. I think it can have a chilling effect on democracy. After all, it's now possible for GCHQ to access the fact you have emailed a prominent anti-mass surveillance campaigner.

Labour started the ball rolling on the mass surveillance state, the Tories and LibDems have continued it.

I have the passion, and the knowledge to be your voice in Westminster to fight back, if you give me that chance on the 7th May.

Would you support the creation of a Royal Commission to review Britain’s drug laws?

organisation: CISTA

Yes. The Pirate Party has an underlying principle of Evidence Based Policy. As such it is very clear that Britain's current drug laws are not working and need to be reviewed. I would support a Royal Commission to undertake a comprehensive and evidence-based review. I would also suggest that the current Pirate Party policy of treating Drug Addiction as a Health issue rather than as a criminal issue should also be included in such a review.