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Monthly archive: September 2014

‘Ello, Ello. Goodbye Facebook?

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Unlikely. Facebook isn’t going anywhere, because most everyone you know is on it. What makes all the hipsters want to flee it, is exactly why you need to stay on it: Visibility. For now, at least. But because many people are sick of all the ads and object to being told stage names are not allowed on Facebook, nor any other type of pseudonym (drag queens simply make easy targets), many artists, performers, and activists are staking their claim in a new territory, a new social network that welcomes “secret identities” and promises not to advertise or sell your information: Ello. It’s clean. It’s hip. It’s interface is simple. It takes the best of Facebook, the best of Twitter, and combines them with the Tumblr-ish-ness of gif support, even for your banner picture, which can be scrolled elegantly up or down like a roller window shade. Also hipper: Round profile pics. As an homage to the new look of social media I have been posting only round pictures to my ello page and crafting only round memes to share. (Follow me @bluelustreak) So is Ello the savior of our privacy? Probably not. But does it give people a chance to break the monopolistic triumvirate of Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr? Yes. Competition is excellent for innovation, and Pirates despise monopoly. Part of its current appeal may also be that it is invite only for now, and if you’ve requested an invite directly from Ello, you are probably still waiting. You have to *know* someone who is already in and willing to part with one of their 5 precious invitations for you. How precious? There’s a report of Ello invitations selling on Ebay. So we have struck our claim in this new territory, and if you have too, or do so in … Read more

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Private Spies Deserve More Scrutiny

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Original article at Huffington Post Tech Huffington Post Tech It turns out being the only imprisoned journalist in the United States doesn’t get you on CNN or MSNBC. If you’re Barrett Brown, a firebrand with an outlandish style, a penchant for insulting those very outlets and a history of working with hacktivist collectives, you can consider yourself lucky to get written up in Rolling Stone and the New York Times. The drama of Brown’s case and cancelled trial is all but over, but the media and the public has dropped the ball on what he was trying to expose. That’s the secretive world of private intelligence contractors — an estimated $56 billion-a-year industry consuming 70 percent of America’s intelligence budget. Edward Snowden’s leaks have shed a much-needed spotlight on the activities of the NSA and GCHQ — governmental surveillance, yet very little examination is now given to the corporations and companies who work closely with the state, while selling their capabilities on the open market. To them, dictatorships and authoritarian regimes are just another customer. The growing nexus of intelligence, defense contracting, and cybersecurity is massive. New enterprises appear every day in response to perceived threats and manufactured demand. What we’ve learned so far is disturbing and entails a virtual shopping mall for the technology needed to commit rights violations and neutralize dissent. Spyware created by Gamma International has been deployed against activists in Bahrain and Egypt. Leonie Industries, a defense contractor specializing in information operations, was caught in an online smear campaign against a journalist and editor from USA Today who had written an article that was critical of that same company. Stratfor was discovered surveilling Bhopal activists at the behest of Dow Chemical, and PETA on behalf of Coca-Cola, as well as monitoring the Occupy Wall Street protests. … Read more

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Software Freedom Day & Cryptoparty This Saturday

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This Saturday is the annual free Boston Software Freedom Day. It will be from 9am-5pm at Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk Street in Cambridge. LibrePlanet Boston is organizing it. There are a variety of talks and demonstrations focused on Free Software. From 10:30am to noon, various Pirates are holding a cryptoparty. The cryptoparty schedule is: 10:30-10:45am – Steve Revilak demonstrates packet sniffing to show how digital surveillance works; 10:45-11:15am – Kendra Moyer presents Jitsi, a Skype alternative; 11:15-11:45am – Noelani Kamelamela demonstrates how you can secure your e-mail with Mailvelope & GnuPG/PGP. The rest of the time will be devoted to questions and key signing.  Pirates will be around during the conference to answer any questions and help people get setup. It helps the organizers if you sign up to attend.  It is free.  Please spread the word about it. You can find how to get to Industry Lab via this Open Street Map or the embedded Google map below: View Mass Pirates Places of Interest in a larger map Update: Talk Slides Network Surveillance Securing your Email with PGP and Mailvelope Encrypted Voice Communications with Jitsi

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Last day to tell the FCC you want Net Neutrality

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Today is the last day to comment on the FCC’s rules on Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, i.e. protecting net neutrality and stopping ISPs from limiting or charging extra for certain types of traffic.  Support for net neutrality is overwhelming high (95+% at last count), but adding your support helps. The easiest way for the FCC to ensure that ISPs support net neutrality is to classify them as common carriers.  That is what we do with our telephone network and it makes sure telephone companies treat all phone calls the same. Here is a really easy way to tell the FCC you support net neutrality: Go to http://www.fcc.gov/comments Click on 14-28 Comment “I want internet service providers classified as common carriers.” Done Thanks to @andymatic for this succinct approach.

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Freedom Rally This Weekend

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We will be tabling at the 25th Freedom Rally this Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th. It will be on Boston Common and both days are currently scheduled from noon to 8pm. This is our fifth year at Freedom Rally and fourth year tabling at it. We need your help to make it a success. Please fill out the form below if you want to help out. You don’t have to table all day. An hour or two is great, though we would never turn you away if you want to help longer. Thanks! We are at space 18 near the Crafts Tent on the map below. It is right next to one of the entrances to the underground garage and on the path to Park Street. Or you can use this Google Map: View Mass Pirates Events in a larger map We encourage you to dress in your favorite pirate gear, be loud and show your support for the Internet, civil liberties and everyone’s privacy. Please, invite your friends and family and help us find more Pirates to join us! If you need to reach us on the day, then call/txt us at (617) 863-6277 (MAPP).

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Join the Internet Slowdown Today

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Today is the Internet Slowdown. We support it and urge you to do so as well. Cable companies want end net neutrality so they can slow down (and break!) your favorite sites until they fork over money to move into the fastlane. The cable companies want fatter profits for themselves. You will pay with worse service, higher prices and fewer choices. As the CEO of Etsy noted, smaller sites and companies will go out of business if net neutrality is eliminated. Competition will suffer. You can use the popup widget that appears today to call your Senators and House Rep. and tell them to support Net Neutrality. We are also providing their contact info below, so contact them using the method you prefer. Senator Elizabeth Warren – Facebook / @SenWarren / (202) 224-4543(617) 565-3170 / (413) 788-2690 Senator Ed Markey – Facebook / @MarkeyMemo / (202) 224-2742 / (617) 565-8519 1st CD Rep. Richard Neal – Facebook / @RepRichardNeal / (202) 225-5601 / (413) 785-0325 2nd CD Rep. James McGovern – Facebook / @RepMcGovern / (202) 225-6101 / (508) 831-7356 3rd CD Rep. Niki Tsongas – Facebook / @nikiinthehouse / (202) 225-3411 / (978) 459-0101 4th CD Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III – Facebook / @joekennedy / (202) 225-5931 / (617) 332-3333 5th CD Rep. Katherine Clark – Facebook / @KClarkCongress / (202) 225-2836 6th CD Rep. Jonathan Tierney – @RepTierney / (202) 225-8020 / (781) 595-7375 7th CD Rep. Michael Capuano – Facebook / @mikecapuano / (202) 225-5111 / (617) 621-6208 8th CD Rep. Stephen Lynch – Facebook / @RepStephenLynch / (202) 225-8273 / (617) 428-2000 9th CD Rep. William Keating – Facebook / @WilliamKeating / (202) 225-3111 / (617) 770-3700 Thanks!

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Candidate Standout Today!

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During today’s primary our state rep. candidates, Noelani and Joe, and their supporters will be standing out holding signs telling voters about their campaigns. They need your help, especially if you live near Somerville or Bellingham. The Noelani standout is in Davis Sq., Somerville from 5-7pm. The Guertin standout is in Bellingham. For more info you can contact their campaigns at: Noelani Kamelamela – 27th Middlesex votenoelani.org 1-617-447-0210 / 1-617-390-7206 votenoelani@gmail.com Joseph Guertin – 8th Worcester facebook.com/VoteGuertin joseph.guertin1@gmail.com lulzimapirate@gmail.com

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Support the Internet Slowdown

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We support the Internet Slowdown on September 10th, and urge you to do so as well. Cable companies want end net neutrality so they can slow down (and break!) your favorite sites until they fork over money to move into the fastlane. The cable companies want fatter profits for themselves. You will pay with worse service, higher prices and fewer choices. As the CEO of Etsy noted, smaller sites and companies will go out of business if net neutrality is eliminated. Competition will suffer. To fight back and draw more attention to this struggle, we need your help in covering the web with symbolic “loading” icons. We need to remind everyone what an Internet without net neutrality would look like, and drive record numbers of emails and calls to lawmakers. We need your help.

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Candidate Standout Tomorrow

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During the primary on Tuesday, September 9th, our state rep. candidates, Noelani and Joe, and their supporters will be standing out holding signs telling voters about their campaigns. They could use your help, especially if you live near Somerville or Bellingham. You can contact their campaigns at: Noelani Kamelamela – 27th Middlesex votenoelani.org 1-617-390-7206 votenoelani@gmail.com Joseph Guertin – 8th Worcester facebook.com/VoteGuertin joseph.guertin1@gmail.com lulzimapirate@gmail.com

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Pirate Organizers Wanted

Help organize a local Pirate chapter

IRC Meetings Tuesday Night

The Mass. Pirate Party weekly chat is every Tuesday at 9pm, Eastern time. To get on:

  1. Go to https://webchat.pirateirc.net/
  2. Fill out the web form with the Nickname of your choice and enter #masspirates in the Channel box next to it, then click the Connect button
  3. Start typing and reading

You can also connect via your IRC client at one of the servers listed at http://pirateirc.net/servers.

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