Archive by month: February 2015

We announced that we are looking for people to be on the Pirate Council and that we will hold elections for the Pirate Council at Pirate Con over a month ago.  Since then we made a few changes to its composition. Previously the Pirate Council was composed of a Captain, Quartermaster, 1st Officer and several members without specific responsibilities. Now, it is composed of a Captain, Quartermaster, 1st Officer as well as a PR/Media Director, Activism Director, Swarmcare Director and a Web/I...
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With yesterday's FCC ruling, broadband providers are now classified as Title II common carriers. This is a Good Thing. To understand the importance of this ruling, it's helpful to look at another industry that was affected by common carriage laws, and compare the situation then with the situation now. I'm talking about the US rail industry in the 1800's. At that point in time, there were two ways of moving people and goods around: by boat and by train. Trains were the new-fangled technolog...
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Steve Revilak, long time activist as well as our quartermaster and champion FOIA submitter, will be running for Arlington town meeting on March 28th. He handed in his signatures at the beginning of February with plenty of time for the February 7th deadline. Four town meeting member positions are up for election in his precinct. At last count, he was one of four running and his chances of being the first Pirate elected in Massachusetts if not the US are pretty good. Most every m...
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We are very pleased that the FCC voted today to approve Net Neutrality and Community Broadband.   It was only due to the work of thousands of activists and millions of citizens like you.  While we are savoring this moment, we know a new administration could undo these important changes.  We will remain vigilant. The United States Pirate Party's press release is below. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE USPP applauds FCC rules on Net Neutrality and Community Broadband The United States Pirate Part...
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On Wed. March 4th, Pirate Will Fleurant will give a presentation on Meshnets to the Boston Desktop Linux Users Group. This event will take place at Akamai's Office, 8 Cambridge Center, Cambridge MA. You'll find more event details here: http://www.meetup.com/desktop-linux-users-group/events/220006461. What's a meshnet? It's a form of wireless networking where traffic flows from peer to peer, rather than through a central network provider. It's pretty neat stuff. See projectmeshnet.org for ...
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The FCC will finally vote on Net Neutrality Thursday. It looks like they will vote to treat ISPs as common carriers just like the phone companies, but it won't hurt to remind them that you support Net Neutrality: Chairman Tom Wheeler: Tom.Wheeler@fcc.gov Commissioner Mignon Clyburn: Mignon.Clyburn@fcc.gov Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel: Jessica.Rosenworcel@fcc.gov Commissioner Ajit Pai: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov Commissioner Michael O’Rielly: Mike.O'Rielly@fcc.gov

 

The March cryptoparty will be in Worcester on Sunday, March 22nd. It starts at 2pm in the Banx room of the Worcester Public Library at 3 Salem Street, Worcester, MA 01608.  It ends at 4pm.  Parking is available outside the library. We are working on a cryptoparty for May in the Cambridge/Boston area.  

 

On Sunday, March 15th, we will march in the Boston Peace Parade for the second year. We will assemble at 11am near D Street and West Broadway in South Boston. The parade starts at noon. Signup up if you plan to join us.

 

We set Saturday, April 25th as the date for PirateCon 2015.  It will be at the Community Church of Boston at 565 Boylston Street #2, Boston, MA 02116. It will be all day and we plan to end at 6pm and go out for dinner afterwards. Cost is $10 and we will hold elections for the Pirate Council. Based on the feedback we received, our current line up of talks/panels (in no particular order) is: Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Rethinking the City Net neutrality Income inequ...
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On Saturday, Feb 14th, we’re holding our first cryptoparty in Western Massachusetts, and we’re really excited about it! It will be at the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, 100 Bigelow St. Holyoke, MA 01040, from 11am – 3pm. We’ll be in the multi-purpose public meeting space, on the first floor of the facility. Planned topics include PGP, Off the Record Messaging (aka "OTR"), and Tor. If you want, there is a Facebook event you can share. Afterwards, we’ll head over to C...
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