Archive by year: 2013

Thanks to the efforts of the Election Modernization Coalition, the Massachusetts House has passed a bill that bring voting into the 21st century.  The two major improvements are  early voting and online voter registration. Early voting is a feature that other states have and will make it easier for busy citizens to vote.  As Pirates, it isn't hard to see that allowing citizens to register to vote online is a significant improvement. The bill still has to clear the Massachusetts Senate next...
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We hope you will join us in supporting the family of Army Spc. Denis Reynoso on  Thursday December 5th. For more information on the necessity of this rally, the Mass Pirates are pleased today to welcome a guest post from Alex Marthews of Digital Fourth: http://warrantless.org/ by Alex Marthews on November 13, 2013 We like to think that we’re safe in our homes, and that if we need the police, we can call on them to help protect us. That’s what we tell our children – I have two – and I’d lik...
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This Saturday, from 10am to 6pm, Lowell Makes, a new makerspace in Massachusetts, will be hosting an all-day cryptoparty. It is free though they request that you get a ticket. There is also a Facebook event you can sign up to. The current schedule is below. The first half is set, but the second half may change. 10am - Start 10:30am - What digital fingerprints do you leave? - James O'Keefe 11am - Free Software Software - Zak Rogoff, FSF noon - Web Surfing with Tor - Steve Revilak 1pm - ...
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Today is the first meeting to write our platform.  It starts at 2pm and goes until 4pm. We are holding it at the Pizzeria Regina at 353 Cambridge St, Allston in Boston near the MBTA and just off the Mass. Pike. There is a Facebook event.  A map is below. We encourage all Pirate supporters to attend.  If you cannot, please vote on the date for the December meeting.  We have also setup the draft platform at GitHub. You can get a copy from: https://github.com/masspirates/planks View ...
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Yesterday, Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to thirteen years for hacking corporate and government computers  as part of LulzSec including the Stratfor emails.  We planned to write a statement, but found journalist Alexa O'Brien's eloquent statement on Hammond's conviction.  We have her to thank for providing the only available transcripts of  Chelsea Manning's closed trial.  You can find more of her work as well as how to support her work at www.alexaobrien.com.   By Alexa O'Brien on N...
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Congress is waking up to the problems of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) treaty.  Already 22 House Republicans and 151 House Democrats have stated that they oppose allowing the Obama administration to fast track the TPP and other harmful trade treaties.  Granting fast track authority to the US Trade Representative (USTR) would force the Congress to vote for the TPP in a single up or down vote.  Doing so would ensure that treaties like the TPP are passed. The Congress has the consti...
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Yesterday, Wikileaks released the entire text of the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Intellectual Property Rights Chapter.  It has everything we feared: Criminalization of copyright infringement; Stronger DRM and “technological protection measure” regimes; ISPs to be made liable for copyright infringement on their networks; A “take it down first, argue later” DMCA-like process for notifying copyright infringements; Patentable plants and animals. Banning you from selling a product ...
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This Sunday is our first meeting to write our platform.  It starts at 2pm. We are holding it at the Pizzeria Regina at 353 Cambridge St, Allston in Boston near the MBTA and just off the Mass. Pike. There is a Facebook event.  A map is below. We encourage all Pirate supporters to attend.  If you cannot, please vote on the date for the December meeting.  If you want to help us setup a way for Pirates to collaborate on-line, email us. View Mass Pirates Places of Interest in a larger map

 

We invite you to join us this Thursday for a special IRC meeting. I plan to nominate (and the Captain plans to 2nd) Kendra Moyer for the position of Massachusetts Pirate Party Arbitrator. Kendra comes to the Pirate Party with plenty of prior activism experience with Occupy Boston, the Boston Occupier, Socialist Alternative, and Industrial Workers of the World. Her interpersonal and organizational skills and connections in the activist community have proven to be a big plus for the party. Her exp...
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First, a big thanks to everyone who participated in the Million Mask March especially the folks at @mass_ops for organizing it.  The turnout was great, the energy was high and the message loud and clear. Today, Captain James will speak at the LibrePlanet Boston Desktop GNU/Linux Users Group.  The meeting is from 6:30-8:30pm.  It will be at Akamai Technologies Inc, 8 Cambridge Center in Kendall Sq., Cambridge.  Hope you can make it. November is filled with events we hope you will attend: ...
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