Urban Sundström – The Pirate Herald
This guy has been following Green Pirate tweets and RTing just about every post like it was important. Who is he? He is Urban Sundström – The Pirate Herald. As you may have noticed, he is very enthusiastic about the Swedish Pirate Party (Piratpartiet) and all of his tweets are related to current events surrounding internet rights. On top of all this, his name seemed familiar so I got curious enough to do a google search where I found that this may be the most ebullient messenger supporting the Pirate Party and it’s related platforms of free speech, civilian privacy and copyright/patent reform.
But his roots go much deeper than that. Take a look at this flattr blog post (which, wouldn’t you know, was written by Marie Axelsson who is another noteworthy pirate supporter, friend and former co-blogger!) about him and you will see that he is a true veteran when it comes to supporting and spreading the word about the importance of free (libre) communications as far back as the days of ham radio.
As you can see in his picture, he drives a car with the PIRAT PARTIET logo boldy and proudly displayed on the sides with a license plate that simply reads “PIRAT”. If you aren’t following his twitter account already, I am sure you will never feel out of the loop once you do. He tends to post in Swedish, but many of the links he posts are to English sources, so don’t let that deter you.
It is sometimes easy to feel like you are helpless as an individual while reading bad news about those who want to take your rights and freedoms away. Fortunately we have people like Mr. Sundström to remind us that just passing on a simple message about what you believe in makes a difference and makes you a foghorn on a sometimes misty shore. Keep it up Urban! We all appreciate the encouragement!