On 28 October 2016 the Icelandic Pirate Party more than tripled its number of seats in parliament, from three to ten.
The party aims to transform Iceland’s current ‘dysfunctional system’ by promoting direct democracy and complete government transparency. It sets policies through online polls and thinks that the government should do the same. Founded by Wikileaks activist and web developer Brigitta Jonsdottir, the party has accelerated to lead polls in its four years of existence, signalling a change in Iceland’s attitudes towards the establishment and its electoral system.
2016 has already been dubbed the year of ‘electoral impossibilities becoming reality’, with the examples of Donald Trump and Brexit. Many countries are experiencing a crisis of trust in their government and political structures, including Iceland. Following the 2008 economic crisis and the Panama Papers scandal, the resignation of the former Prime Minister Davido Gunnlaugsson has contributed to a backlash against political corruption.
The Pirate Party wishes to "hack the political systems of the Western World and give citizens a greater say in their democracy". Could this digitalised movement for anti-corruption and pro-transparency in politics have a ripple effect on the way other nations view their own democratic systems?