Thursday, Mar. 29, 2012

Rick Falkvinge

Age: 40
Occupation: Political evangelist

Falkvinge turned a fringe political group dubbed the Pirate Party into an international movement with a presence in more than 25 countries. Its focus on Internet privacy, government transparency and copyright law helped it sweep into Berlin's state parliament last September with a stunning 9% of the vote. The group has certainly tapped into the zeitgeist. As the recent demonstrations over the Stop Online Piracy Act in the U.S. illustrate, the Pirate philosophy is moving toward the mainstream.