Archive by month: January 2015

We're planning not one, but two cryptoparties in February. Our first one will be held on Wed. Feb. 4th, 6:30 - 8:30pm, in conjunction with the Boston Desktop Linux Users Group. Steve Revilak and Al Willis will talk about packet sniffing and securing email (via PGP). This event is being held at Akamai's facilities, 8 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA. On Saturday, Feb 14th, we're holding our first cryptoparty in Western Massachusetts, and we're really excited about it! This event will held at th...
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We will have a planning meeting this Saturday, 1/24 at the Worcester Public Library. It will be in the Banx Room, which is near the entrance, and starts at 3:30pm. It will end at 5:30pm. We will review last year, including our campaigns, and brainstorm ideas for the rest of this year. The Worcester Public Library is located at 3 Salem Street, Worcester. There is a parking lot near by and buses are available. If you won't be able to make it, please suggest any brainstorming ideas or agen...
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We will be marching in the 4 Mile March today. The mission of the 4 Mile March is two-fold: to bring awareness to America's epidemic of racial profiling and police brutality, and to honor all those who have been injured or died as a result of police violence. We will meet at the site of the Boston Massacre at 1pm (Old State House, right near State St Station in Boston). The march route will be: Start at Old State House. Walk down Court St toward Tremont St. Left onto Tremont St. Right...
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We elected Noelani Kamelamela as our First Officer at last Thursday's IRC Meeting.  You can reach her at1stofficer@masspirates.org. We have additional open positions. If you are interested in throwing your hat in for any of them, please tell us.

 

Here are the slides from last Saturday's cryptoparty at the Somerville Public Library: Securing your Email with GnuPG Using Tor to Surf Anonymously Also, the Free Software Foundation's Email Self-Defense is a helpful tutorial to using GnuPG with your Email client.  It is available for Linux, MacOS & Windows.  This OpenPGP Best Practices document is also helpful. With Tor, be sure to never login to servers with an account that was created outside of Tor, it will reveal who you are...
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The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) bill is back. We were able to kill it in 2012, but the recent Sony hack has given it new life.  You can be sure that we will work hard to kill it this go around. The Pirate Times recently published the bill's text. They explain why we need to stop it: Under CISPA 2015 (HR 234), the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Attorney General, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Secretary of Defense would create the cyber threat inf...
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We endorsed and will be at the Aaron Swartz Vigil today.  It starts at 4pm and will be at Dewey Square in downtown Boston.  South Station on the Red Line is the closest MBTA stop.  Dewey Square is across the street from the tall silver Federal Reserve building. Aaron was an activist dedicated to the Internet, freedom and transparency.  Hounded by the government and living with depression, he committed suicide. He died far too young with so much left to accomplish. We urge you to join us.

 

A couple of months ago, I filed a FOIA request with the DEA, for their user manuals and training materials, relating to the NSA's ICREACH query system. DEA conducted a search, and concluded that the agency possessed no responsive documents. Afterwards, I did what any good FOIA requester would do -- I filed a FOIA request for the administrative records generated by my previous FOIA request. (Yes, one can do such a thing, and its a fairly common practice.) November 8, 2014 Freedom of In...
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I am sorry to announce that Lucia Fiero and Kendra Moyer have decided to step down from their positions as First Officer and Arbitrator respectively. I appreciate all of the help they have given to make the Pirate Party run and grow. I know we would not be where we are without their help, effort and wisdom. We haven't had an election for our Pirate Council in a while, so we will hold elections for them at Pirate Con 2015 in the Spring. If you are interested in throwing your hat in for any ...
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We voted to endorse the Aaron Swartz Vigil on Monday, January 12th. Aaron was an activist dedicated to the Internet, freedom and transparency.  Hounded by the government and living with depression, he committed suicide. He died far too young with so much left to accomplish. We will be there and urge you to join us.  It starts at 4pm.

 
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