Archive by month: November 2012

The next in-person meeting will be Sunday, Dec. 9th from 2-4pm.  It will be at 40 Moulton Park Rd., Framingham, MA 01702. If you would like to attend and need a ride, please email us and we will find someone to give you a ride. Erik has offered to pick people up at the commuter rail station in Framingham as well. We will be working on our plans for 2013 and finishing our end of the year mailing. The meeting agenda/minutes page at the wiki.

 

Recently the House GOP put forward a decent proposal to reform copyright laws.  It didn't go as far as we would, but it called out the zombie myths of the copyright cartel, noted how copyright is hindering innovation and offered some useful reforms such as reducing the terms of copyright, requiring registration of copyright, expanding fair use and significantly reducing the fines for copyright infringement.  Of course they yanked it in 24 hours after intense Hollywood lobbying. Since the repo...
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While in 2012 we got more accomplished than in 2011 what with our March conference, helping with the CryptoParty, being at Hope 9 in NYC and Together Boston, as well as our large turnouts at Freedom Rally and Boston Pride, there is so much more we can do.  On just the election front there are 2013 town & city elections as well as the 2014 town & Massachusetts legislature elections.  There are more events we should be at, local chapters to start, positions we need to take and friends &...
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At our last IRC meeting we endorsed the three statewide ballot questions.  Our statement for each question is below: Ballot Question 1 - Availability of Motor Vehicle Repair Information As automobiles increasingly become computers with wheels, manufacturers are trying to lock down those computers to limit what we can do with them, and prevent us from diagnosing and fixing our own property. Ballot Question 1 would require that starting in model year 2015 all automobile manufacturers must...
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The Boston CryptoParty was a success with over 50 people participating in it.  We recorded most of the talks, but haven't processed them all.  The following are done: Truecrypt/LUKS, OTR, Secure VoIP/SIP w/ Jitsi, Bitcoin & data liberation Counter surveillance by David House of the Bradley Manning Support Network & Andrew Lewman of the Tor Project Part 1 Part 2 Encrypt to Live talk by Andrew Lewman of the Tor Project Additionally, raw videos from a number of the talks are at t...
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