Dirk Poot

Dutch programmer and politician

Dirk Poot
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Lijsttrekker and spokesperson, Dutch Pirate Party
In office
Preceded bySamir Allioui
Succeeded byAncilla van de Leest
Personal details
Born1968 (age 53–54)
Utrecht,[1] Netherlands
Political partyPirate Party of the Netherlands
Residence(s)Breda, Netherlands
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Dirk Poot (born 1968) is a Dutch programmer and politician who is a former lijsttrekker and spokesperson for the board of the Pirate Party of the Netherlands. Poot was the lijsttrekker of the Dutch Pirate Party for the Dutch parliamentary elections in 2012[2][3][4] and fourth on the list for the Pirate Party in the 2010 Dutch parliamentary elections.[2]

Personal life

Poot studied business administration in Breukelen and medicine in Sint Eustatius.[3][5]

He currently resides close to Breda in the Netherlands.[2]

Professional work

Poot is a self-employed computer programmer, focusing on medical and education software.[2][3][5][6] He has previously worked as a physician.[3]

Political activities

When he was younger, Poot was a member of the Jongerenorganisatie Vrijheid en Democratie (JOVD), the youth organization of the main Dutch conservative party, the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD).[2]

He has been blogging about democracy, privacy, and medical issues since 2005.[2] He has written about collection and storage of sensitive information in government databases, in particular the Electronic Patient Record (EPR).[3]

Dutch Pirate Party

Poot has been active with the Pirate Party since late 2009. He joined the party after discovering it through IRC while blogging about Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.[2]

He was fourth on the list for the Pirate Party in the 2010 Dutch parliamentary elections.[2] Since 2011, he has been a member of the board of the Dutch Pirate Party, and the board's spokesperson since December 2011.[2][3][4] In the 2012 parliamentary elections in the Netherlands, he was the first candidate of the Dutch Pirate Party.[2][3][6]


  1. ^ Reinier Kist, We zijn te bekrompen en te angstig, NRC Handelsblad, 20 June 2002.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Poot, Dirk (21 September 2012). "Interview with Dirk Poot, candidate of the Dutch Pirate Party". PirateTimes (Interview). Interviewed by Schiffer, Patrick. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Dirk Poot". piratenpartij.nl (in Dutch). Piratenpartij. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b Darroch, Gordon (20 August 2012). "Pirate Party blunder leaks hundreds of members' email addresses". The Amsterdam Herald. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Dirk Poot Bio". joop.nl (in Dutch). Joop. Archived from the original on 11 June 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  6. ^ a b Ernesto (3 September 2012). "Dutch Pirate Party Ready To Enter National Parliament". TorrentFreak. Retrieved 28 March 2015.

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