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Monthly archive: August 2012

Join us at Freedom Rally on the 15th

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We will have a table at the 23rd Freedom Rally on Saturday, September 15th. Freedom Rally will be on Boston Common and we hope you will join us. We need supporters to help from noon to 6pm as well as during setup and take down. We encourage you to dress in your favorite pirate gear, be loud and show your support for the Internet, civil liberties and Bradley Manning. Please, invite your friends and family and help us find more Pirates to join us! If you need to reach us on the day, then call/txt us at (617) 863-6277 (MAPP). The sign up form is embedded below, or you can click on this link. Thanks!

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Looking for Liquid Feedback Testers

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Our Liquid Feedback instance is up at We are still testing it, and are looking for alpha testers. If you want to help test, please email us at and we will send you an invite. Erik Zoltan put up the first in our series of videos on how to use with Liquid Feedback: Activate Liquid Feedback Liquid Feedback – Log In and Support an Issue

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Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Fails in Senate!

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Earlier today, the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 failed in the Senate!  A huge thank you to all of you who emailed and called the Senate. The bill failed to clear a cloture vote and will not advance to a general vote.  The cloture vote was 52 for, 46 against, and 2 not voting.  The vote was largely on partisan lines.  Neither Senators Brown or Kerry voted against the bill, unfortunately. While it is likely the bill will not come back for this session, it doesn’t make sense to keep our guard down since it will come back. Computer security & entertainment companies as well as the military and security services will keep up their wild claims that cyber crime costs the world economy $1 trillion.  A claim that lumps computer viruses, computer espionage and file sharing under the term cyber crime. Next time we need to be more ready to work not only to make sure a future cyber security bill protects our privacy on the internet, but also to challenge those in government to justify the need for such a bill in the first place.  We look forward to your help!

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Like your privacy? Time to say so

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TechDirt is reporting that the Senate will vote on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S.3414) by the end of this week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid seems to be trying to end debate on the bill and move to a vote.  However, there is a chance that the Senate may vote on the Franken-Paul amendment which would increase privacy protections. This bill isn’t a slam dunk and all it takes is 41 votes to stop it. If you value your privacy, then please tell both Senators to oppose S.3414, while also working to add pro-privacy amendments to it.   Please call the numbers listed below as the time for email messages is over. Senator Scott Brown (202) 224-4543 Senator John Kerry (202) 224-2742 The American Library Association has this easy form you can use to connect you to the office of one of your Senators at a time. Thanks!

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