Archive by month: January 2014

Congress is considering approving Fast Track Trade Authority.  If it passes, stopping secret trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is a give away to the copyright cartels, would be much more difficult. We are joining with Fight For The Future, the EFF, Sierra Club and the AFL-CIO to oppose this bill. On Friday we will march as part of the Inter-Continental Action Against TPP & Corporate Globalization. Many of us will meet in front of the State House in Boston at 1p...
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Data Privacy Day (28 January) inspired me to write a eulogy for privacy, given the fact that various US government agencies are monitoring and storing most of the interactions I have with electronic devices of all types. dearly beloved- i am writing these lines to remember privacy how as a child privacy let me leave my mistakes behind and learn better- false steps only a skin i shed how as a boy privacy let me leave those lurid obsessions in twisted imagination- future employers...
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Press release - Massachusetts Pirate Party - 1/23/2014 7:20 AM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PIRATE PARTY PROMPTS SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN FINANCE RULING FOR BITCOIN Boston, MA - January 23, 2014 - The Pirate Party is pleased that the Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) ruled that registered political committees can now accept donations in bitcoins. "The OCPF's ruling provides another tool for emerging political groups to raise needed funds. It is yet another sign that c...
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The Massachusetts Pirate Party submitted the following commentary for DPU Docket 12-76-A, "Investigation by the Department of Public Utilities on its own Motion into Modernization of the Electric Grid." January 17, 2014 Mark D. Marini, Secretary Department of Public Utilities One South Station, 5th Floor Boston, MA 02110 Re: Comments on DPU Docket 12-76-A: Electric Grid Modernization Please note: this comment submission is under the umbrella of the extension granted by Alison ...
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On Wednesday Jan 22nd, the Massachusetts Senate will hold a hearing on S.1664, An Act to regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles. S.1664 will: Prohibit Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ("UAVs", or more commonly called "drones") from being equipped with weapons; Make it unlawful for government officials to operate a UAV, except to execute a warrant, or in cases where there is an imminent threat to life or safety; Prohibit data collection without a warrant. Along these lines, UAVs could ...
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The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is seeking comments on the introduction of smart meters to Massachusetts.  Smart meters can send data on a customer's usage as well as potentially receive commands, such as to disconnect a user from the grid. The DPU expects to receive comments by 5pm Today, Friday, 1/17. We have multiple questions about smart meters that need to be addressed before they are introduced: Exactly how detailed will the data gathered be? Will it be simply kilowatt h...
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Thursday, the Massachusetts Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would bring voting into the 21st century.  The bill allows voters to cast their ballot between 10 and 2 days before an election as well as register to vote online and on Election Day.  The vote was 37 for and 1 against. The Senate bill would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister, and mark a voter as inactive if they have not voted in two consecutive federal elections, rather than if they have not filled out an annual cen...
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Back in November the Massachusetts House has passed a bill that would 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 is now before the Massachusetts Senate and will be voted on this Thursday.  Please use th...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: PIRATE PARTY CALLS FOR NETWORK NEUTRALITY IN RESPONSE TO COURT RULING New York, NY - January 14, 2014 - The Pirate Party deplores the decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to strike down the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality regulations on wireline broadband services. In its ruling against the FCC’s Open Internet Order (OIO), the court said "...consumers, of course, have options; they can go to another bro...
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Are you ready to get your geek on? Arisia is a multimedia (mostly sci-fi) convention, populated with people who have very Pirate point of view. Just check out some of these panel discussions: Friday 5:30pm - 3D Printing: What's Next? Friday 10pm - Cosplay vs. Copyright Saturday 8:30am - Art and Copyright Saturday 1:00pm - What Are Makerspaces? Saturday 2:30pm - Arduino For Beginners Saturday 5:30pm - On a (Circuit) Bender Sunday 4:00pm - Wearable Electronics: Beyond Google Gla...
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