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Monthly archive: May 2013

Join Us on Saturday for the March Against Monsanto

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On Sat., May 25th, we will participate in the March Against Monsanto. We will meet at Boston City Hall Plaza at 2pm. We will join this march because of Monsanto’s excessive control over our food supply and seeds, their support for gene patents, the tactics they have used against farmers. Also, on Saturday, June 8th, we will march in the Boston LBGT Pride Parade. It will be our 2nd year. We would love it if you marched with us at either event. Please fill out the form below to tell us if you are coming. Thanks!

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Vermorel for Parliament!

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Véronique Vermorel is a French Pirate running in a special election for the French National Assembly.  She also lives in the Boston-area and is finishing up her internship for her business school.  Her district includes the US, which is pretty cool when you think of it. She is running on a platform of increased government transparency, better support for startups, authors and artists as well as sharing culture.  We like her and think she is just what France needs.  If you have any French friends who are living in the US or Canada, please suggest that they check out her website or find her on Twitter.  The election is coming up soon, so please spread the word.

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Join us at Another World’s Fair, May 18th

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On Sat., May 18th, we will table at Another World’s Fair in Central Sq., Cambridge. The Another World’s Fair is part of Together Boston, and annual celebration of music, art and technology. If you can help us spread the Pirate message on the 18th, please fill out the form below. Also we will be participating in the March Against Monsanto on Sat., May 25th, and the Boston LBGT Pride Parade on Sat., June 8th. Fill out the form below if you want to march with us. Thanks!

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PirateCon 2013 set for June 29th

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PirateCon 2013, our 2nd annual conference, will be June 29th at the Community Church of Boston at 565 Boylston St in Boston. Registration Registration is $10 and is on-line. We are working on providing free wifi at the conference. Talk Details The following speakers have agreed to attend: Gregg Housh, Internet Activist associated with Anonymous; David House, digital rights activist and founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network; Alex Marthews of Campaign for Digital Fourth Amendment Rights; Rich Aucoin of the Massachusetts Branch of People against the NDAA; Crowdfunding panel: Peter Dilworth of Wobbleworks, Jordyn Bonds and others; Open Government panel: Representative of MuckRock, Shauna Gordon-McKeon organizer of the Open Government Boston group, Steve Buckley and others. We continue to look for other speakers, so please send your suggestions to us at Spread the Word Please spread the word about the conference by telling friends and family as well as putting up our poster and flyer.

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CISPA Still Threatens Civil Liberties

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Posted on behalf of fellow Pirate Kendra Moyer LATEST UPDATE While CISPA passed in the House of Representatives on April 18th, as of Thursday April 25, 2013, the CISPA bill was effectively stalled on the Senate floor after proving too controversial and overreaching for a privacy sensitive public. Michelle Richardson legislative counsel for the ACLU stated of  the bill that: “I think it’s dead for now. CISPA is too controversial, it’s too expansive, it’s just not the same sort of program contemplated by the Senate last year.” The bill passed in the House just the previous week after many of its corporate supporters made special trips to lobby in its favor.  While the bill will remain shelved for the near future, privacy advocates remain ever vigilant of the potential of losing more freedom to an ever growing surveillance state.  The on-line activist community had outdone itself in keeping the issue at the forefront of public attention and stopping the invasive legislation   Still, the struggle for basic freedom versus overzealous security will continue to dog privacy advocates at every level of society. CISPA Still Threatens Civil Liberties by Kendra Moyer CISPA, The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, was introduced on November 30, 2011 and was passed by the House of Representative on April 26, 2012.  The bill stalled in the Senate in February 2012 after wide spread opposition surfaced.   CISPA floundered in the spotlight and under the onslaught of on-line petitions.  The diligent advocacy of political activists and organizations dedicated to keeping cyber-space safe for free and open communication initially defeated the bill.  Free Internet activists forwarded reasonable speculations that like The Patriot Act, NDAA, SOPA, and PIPA, CISPA’s underlying goal was increased surveillance of all citizens which would jeopardize free speech on-line.  The bill does not specify nor offer limits as to … Read more

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