On January 1st, Rick Falkvinge, the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party and its leader for the past five years, stepped down, and Anna Troberg took over the reins.
This is significant for a few reasons. The Swedish Pirate Party is clearly here to stay — having won seats (yes, that's plural, "seats") in the European Parliament, they are now concentrating on in-country elections. The leadership transition is a sign of stability: Falkvinge recognized that what the party needed now was an organization builder with new ideas, felt he'd done his best work in founding the Party and leading it to its first victories, and moved on. By all accounts Anna Troberg is exactly the right person for the job.
Rick Falkvinge will now be able to concentrate on political evangelism full time at his English-language site: Falkvinge on Infopolicy. In his words:
"...I feel there has been a language barrier from the Swedish discussion, which is several years ahead, to the rest of the world. I want to bridge that."
This is welcome news, because here in the U.S. we need more of what might be called the "Swedish School" of copyright reform.