Archive by month: December 2010

We haven't read the new FCC net neutrality rules, because you need a Freedom of Information Act request to see them, so we haven't decided our position on it, but here are a few perspectives: Dan Gilmore: But when it came to rules that might boost network neutrality -- the notion that end users (you and me) should decide what content and services we want without interference from the ISPs -- the FCC's order paid lip service to the concept while enshrining its eventual demise. In theory,...
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The Massachusetts Pirate Party is debating the term of copyright in order to form a policy on it. The "term" of copyright refers to the length of time for which a copyright is in effect. Currently it can get up as high as centuries, and is tending towards infinity. We think it is spiraling out of control, and we want to limit the term of copyright. But for exactly how long? One proposal is 14 years, and another is 5 years. A compromise proposal would split the difference between these two ...
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So, we're just getting all of this started, and as example taken from a couple of my favorite blogs, I figured I'd try and start a tradition using "open threads" for general forum blather and commenting. I think we should all try and hold each other accountable for supporting any blog entries or comments that we make with evidence from sources, as reliable as possible, via links. What say you all?


At our last general meeting, we decided to post a draft position a week to get feedback and refine the policies we want to implement once we are elected. Our first draft position is on the TSA, Travel Security and are the better alternatives to naked scanners or groping by TSA employees.  Please add your comments so we can improve it.  Thanks! Government should be about serving the people who have voted to create it, and to a limited extent this does happen. Unfortunately there are severa...
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With calls for the head of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, and's government prompted censorship of Wikileaks, after the release of the latest State Department cables, it is worth reviewing some of the things Wikileaks has revealed that the US media has not (thanks to Greg Greenwald of for the summary): "We viscerally saw the grotesque realities of our war in Iraq with the Apache attack video on innocent civilians and journalists in Baghdad -- and their small children -...
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