Archive by month: April 2014

After the latest pick up from Somerville city hall, we know that Noelani has 168 valid signatures.  She easily crosses the 150 voter requirement and will be on the ballot in November. Now we have to make sure Joseph Guertin is on as well! A group of us, including Noelani, will be heading out Sunday to help Joseph's team gather signatures. If you have anytime between now and 2pm on Tuesday, April 29th, please contact Joseph Guertin or Lucia Fiero. If you need a ride from the Boston ar...
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A week or two ago, I attended an event at the Boston Conference and Exhibition Center (BCEC). The BCEC had a series of tables set up outside the entrance, and each table was staffed by a security guard, who was responsible for checking bags. The first time I went through bag check, I handed my backpack to the security officer, who began rifling through it with a wooden dowel. I smiled cheerfully and asked "So, what kind of contraband are we looking for today?". "Well," the security guard...
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There's a very important event happening this weekend: the Jobs Not Jails rally, which is taking place Saturday, April 26th, 1pm on Boston Common. Join us, and a list of participating organizations, to rally for an end to mass incarceration. The Massachusetts Pirate Party stands for Open Government, Open Innovation, Open Culture, and People First; ending mass incarceration and funding job creation are fundamental People First issues. (Quoting from The Patrick Administrat...
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Dear Pirates of US; I am a self-funded independent scientist and working as an Asst.Prof (holding a PhD in Informatics under Journalism) near Syrian Border of Turkey, also head of the departments of Journalism and Communication Informatics. I have two projects named as Pirates: Discovering The Planet and Flying Editor and supported by pirates whole over the world. This project was selected by for supporting at PPI Open Space Conference and General Assembly April 2014 and also there is a...
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Friday, May 9th we will celebrate the Massachusetts Pirate Party's fourth anniversary. You can register on-line. Noelani Kamelamela and Joseph Guertin, two Pirate Party candidates for State Representative, Captain James O'Keefe, First Officer Lucia Fiero and Quartermaster Steve Revilak will be there.  Joshua Chance Scafidi will MC.  Music will be by Mr. Precision. It will be at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138. The party starts at 7pm with...
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Joe Guertin and Noelani Kamelamela are running for State Representatives as Pirates. Joe is running for the 8th Worcester district which includes the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville, and Uxbridge.  Noelani is running for the 27th Middlesex district which contains most of Somerville. Each has to get 150 voters in their districts to sign their nomination papers.  April 29th is the last day for them to gather signatures to get on the ballot. Both are working very hard to get on ...
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We will be holding a cryptoparty, this Monday, April 21st.  It is sponsored with the Boston IWW chapter. It will be from 7-9pm and will be at Encuentro 5 which is at 9 Hamilton Pl, Suite 2a, Boston. Encuentro 5 is very close to the Park Street MBTA station, next to the Orpheum theater and across from the Suffolk University law school. We are also helping to organize an all day cryptoparty on May 18th as part of the Together Boston festival.  It is sponsored by General Assembly.


A few weeks ago, I wrote a short post about my experience making a FOIA request to the TSA. To summarize in a sentence: the TSA's website lists an address where FOIA requests should be sent; the post office won't deliver mail to this address. Or more specifically, letters to this address are returned as undeliverable. I used the TSA's Contact Page to let them know that the post office had returned my FOIA request as undeliverable, and to ask for the correct mailing address. Here's the resp...
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On March 25th, Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV) organized a panel discussion on the topic of Net Neutrality & Future of Internet Access.  It was hosted at Tufts University and was co-sponsored by Wicked Local Somerville, Arlington Community Media, Inc., Cambridge Community Television, Boston Neighborhood Network, and the Massachusetts Pirate Party. SCATV posted the video which is embedded below. Panelists included: Candace Clement, Advocacy & Organizing Manager, F...
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We are holding an informal cryptoparty at PAX East this Saturday, April 12th.  PAX East is the largest computer gaming convention on the Eastern seaboard.  72000 people are expected to attend. If you bring your laptop we will show you how to use various applications to communicate in private.  If all you have is your smart phone or tablet, we will help you as best we are able considering some of those devices limit what applications you can use. We will setup in the Level 1 SE Lobby by noo...
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