Archive by month: February 2013

Yesterday the Supreme Court killed our 4th Amendment right to privacy on-line. In a 5-4 vote, they ruled that the ACLU and other plaintiffs did not have standing to bring their case challenging the FISA Amendments Act that allowed warrantless wiretapping. Since they concluded that "a fear of surveillance does not give rise to standing" and such warrantless government surveillance is secret, no one can challenge the Constitutionality of such surveillance. This Catch-22 is a recipe for unchecked g...
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What: International Privacy Day and CryptoParty Why: To stand up for our right to privacy When: Saturday, Feb. 23rd Rally - 1pm-3pm Cryptoparty - 3pm-5pm Where: Rally - State House, assemble at 40 Beacon St. Cryptoparty - Encuentro 5, 9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2A, Boston, a quick walk from the State House and will last two hours. Space is limited to around 35 people. The current Cryptoparty schedule of how-to talks is: Why protect yourself (3-3:30pm) - Various Using T...
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Saturday, Feb. 23rd, we will be celebrating International Day of Privacy with a rally at the State House with other groups after noon. After the rally we will be holding a CryptoParty starting at 3pm.  It will focus on using various tools to protect your privacy on the Internet. The Cryptoparty will be at Encuentro 5, 9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2A, Boston, a quick walk from the State House and will last two hours.  Space is limited to around 35 people.  The current schedule of how-to talks is...
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Here is the video from my appearance on the Two Hot Heads show on Unregular Radio. Alex Marthews from the Campaign for Digital Fourth Amendment Rights joined me to discuss the No TSA on the MBTA march and rally as well as Mass. electronic wiretapping bill the AG submitted to the Mass. legislature. Alex posted a transcript some of the discussion. Thanks to Mike Cann and Heather Mack for having us on. The text of the AG's bill to expand electronic wiretapping is not available officially yet...
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With day two of the Blizzard of 2013 on us, we hope everyone is safe from the blizzard. While Governor Patrick's travel ban is excessive ($500 fine and/or a year in jail - don't we have enough folks in jail?), staying safe at home is good advice. Happy shoveling and may everyone have good friends for company, as well as heat, food and electricity to keep warm and comfortable.

 

The next Pirate Lunch will be this Wednesday, February 6th starting at noon.  It will be at Tavern in the Square, 730 Mass. Avenue, Central Sq., Cambridge, MA.  For more info see: map & directions; Google Calendar reminder.

 

For Saturday, Feb. 23rd, we are organizing a Cryptoparty as part of the International Day for Privacy #IDP13 Protest.  If you want to help with the protest or the cryptoparty, please contact us at info@masspirates.org.

 

The TSA out of the MBTA action kicks off soon. Hope you can make it. I'll be on The Two Hotheads show on Unregular Radio around 3pm to talk about the AG's attempts to increase surveillance by state government. The Aaron Swartz Memorial Hackathon at BUILDs at BU starts today and goes through 7pm Sunday.

 

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