Archive by month: April 2012

Today, the House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) by a vote of 248 to 168. Unfortunately, which of the Massachusetts delegation voted for CISPA is unknown, though Congressmen Markey and Olver have come out against it.  UPDATE: The entire Massachusetts US House delegation voted against CISPA according to this final vote tally. TechDirt reports that the final bill is even worse than the one proposed. In addition to allowing the government to us...
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While we are a bit preoccupied with stopping the CISPA spy bill (more on that in the next blog post), we finalized the schedule for our May 12th Free Open Film Fest. Please spread the word about it. We will have posters you can put up and a page with links to the films soon. Start TimeFocusVideos Scheduled 3:00pmKids HourSneeze Me Away
Steamboat Willie
& other cartoons 4:00pmCopyright HourThe $8 billion iPod
Steal This Film
How I beat a patent troll ...
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The Massachusetts Pirate Party opposes the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) - H.R.3523 as a violation of our fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of speech. CISPA is would allow federal and state governments to request detailed records of what we send over the Internet from telecommunications companies. Since the bill is intended for: "the protection of a system or network from ... theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property...
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As we mentioned a few blog posts back, we started a discussion recently about how can we briefly describe what we are for. David Hardwick once suggested that we should be the party of open, and there is a certain ring to that. So after talking about it, we decided to adopt the wording that Eric Zoltan was using on our Youtube site: We are the Party of Open! We stand for open government, open culture and open innovation. We are the anti-monopoly and the pro-human party. Pro-Human means a hi...
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Michael Anderson's conference talk, Copyright Battle Tactics, is now up at our Youtube page. You can find the other talks we posted at our 2012 conference page.

 

Captain James O'Keefe will be speaking tomorrow at Together Boston's Patently Stupid panel.  Together Boston is a Electronic Music Festival in Cambridge and Boston that runs until Sunday, April 8th. The panel will be this Wednesday, April 4th at noon at the Together Center at 579a Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139. Also, on Saturday, April 7th, from 11am to 5pm, we will have a table at Together Boston's expo, The Get Together. We could use your help with tabling and the like. Pleas...
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