Archive by month: July 2013

Alex Marthews, President of Digital Fourth ( gives the PirateCon 2013 End Note Speech: How to Prevent the Coming Surveillance Dystopia. He kills it. (Though, I'm biased.) -Bluestreak  


Maurice Morales put up a few more videos of the talks from PirateCon 2013: Open Government, Part 1 - Michael Morisy, Shauna Gordon-McKeon, Steve Buckley and Barry Rafkind Open Government, Part 2 - Michael Morisy, Shauna Gordon-McKeon, Steve Buckley and Barry Rafkind Don’t Agonize, Organize! - Evan Greer, Véronique Vermorel, Gregg Housh Have any suggestions for future talks or events? Is there an issue you want to know more about? We would love to hear your suggestions! Tell ...
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Art Beat was a lot of fun last Saturday, even if it was far too hot. Here are a few more events we are running or thought Pirates should know about. This Sunday at 2pm we will have a general meeting to plan our upcoming projects. It will be at REDACTED. Social hour is 4-5pm. Just show up or tell us in advance via the FB event. On Saturday, August 3rd, we will hold a Pirate Picnic on George's Island. Kids are welcome. We will leave on the noon ferry which departs from Long Wharf in Boston n...
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(Image courtesy of the World Disaster Report) Each time I go into the city of Boston, I find myself playing a little game, something I call "spot the surveillance camera". Look around and you'll see them mounted next to traffic signals, on rooftops, on the sides of buildings, and so fourth. Surveillance cameras have become pervasive, to the point where it's surprising to find yourself in an area where there aren't at least a few cameras watching. I shouldn't pick on Boston though, sinc...
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(PHOTO: REUTERS/Jason Reed. A TSA agent dons rubber gloves at Washington Reagan National Airport. Courtesy of Boing boing.) On July 4th, there were several Restore the Fourth demonstrations in Boston, and we Pirates were proud to participate. They were good demonstrations, and it was encouraging to see how much the issue of mass surveillance resonated with people. After the day's events, I came across this tweet from @AnonInMass, regarding TSA bag searches on the MBTA. We've all he...
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On this July 4th, the Massachusetts Pirate Party joins with the Restore the 4th coalition to protest our government's continuing efforts to subvert the 4th Amendment of our constitution. We will not stand idly by while our right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures is trampled in the name of security. You can find out more about the July 4th protests in Boston at the Facebook event or consult the schedule. July 4th ‎#RESTORETHE4THMA SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 09:00 - 10:00: Gatheri...
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A huge thanks to everyone who made PirateCon 2013 a success! It would not have been possible without the work of Lucia, Steve, Kendra, Sevan, Joe, Maurice, Jason, John and James. Many thanks to our speakers David House, Michael Morisy, Shauna Gordon-McKeon, Steve Buckley, Barry Rafkind, Gregg Housh, Alex Marthews, Rich Aucoin, Peter Dilworth, Jordyn Bonds, Eli Feghali, Evan Greer, Véronique Vermorel and the many lighting talk speakers. Without the efforts of our speakers, the conference ...
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