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Monthly archive: April 2015

May will be busy

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May is going to be very busy. Besides helping the Free Software Foundation with International Day Against DRM, we are helping with three cryptoparties. Point to Point Camp, this Saturday This Saturday, May 2nd, we will be running the all-day Cryptoparty Corner at Point-to-Point Camp. It will be a very exciting unconference. Some of the confirmed speakers are: Julia Angwin, James Bamford, Malavika Jayaram, Bruce Schneier, Wendy Seltzer, Chris Soghoian, Trevor Timm and Marcy Wheeler It will be at the MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge. The closest public transit is the Kendall Sq. MBTA Red Line stop. You can register in advance or find out more at International Day Against DRM, Wednesday, May 6 The Free Software Foundation will bring attention to the problems of DRM (Digital Restrictions Management) as part of the International Day Against DRM on Wednesday, May 6th. They are distributing information about about DRM to customers in front of an Apple store packed with DRM-encumbered media. They will meet at 6:15pm in front of the Back Bay Apple Store at 815 Boylston Street, a few blocks from the Copley T Station. Afterwards they plan to go for food and drinks at a near by Middle Eastern/American restaurant called Jaffa and talk about further actions. Together Boston, Sunday, May 17 We are again running a cryptoparty for the Together Boston music festival on Sunday, May 17th. Danger!Awesome, a maker space, will be hosting it. It runs from noon to 4pm. Danger!Awesome is at 645 Massachusetts Avenue location in Central Sq., Cambridge. Be sure to check out Together Boston’s other events! Parts & Crafts, Somerville, May 21 Halley Murray, our new PR/Media Director, has been running cryptoparties at Parts & Crafts in Somerville for the last two months. She will run another on Thursday, May … Read more

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#PirateCon2015: Thanks and welcome new Pirate Council members!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in Pirate Con 2015 last Saturday!  It was great of Evan Greer of Fight for the Future to kick it off and Rick Falkvinge to end it on a high note. We had a great time and learned so much from our speakers.  We are processing the video we took and would love your help turning it into files we can upload to YouTube and torrent.  We will start posting slide decks soon.  You can find pictures of the conference here and here. We held elections for the Pirate Council and other positions.  Those elected were: Captain – James O’Keefe First Officer – Noelani Kamelamela Quartermaster – Steve Revilak PR/Media Director – Halley Murray Activism Director – Joseph Moore Swarmwise Director – Jamie Slate Web/Info Director – Benjamin Cook Arbitrators: Kendra Moyer, Olivia Pineyro and Eli Haber US Pirate Party Representative – Lucia Fiero A huge thanks for the folks who stepped forward, especially our new leaders: Halley, Joseph, Jamie, Benjamin, Olivia and Eli.  We will post everyone’s contact information soon.

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Stop CISA!

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Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted 307-116 to pass the Protecting Cyber Networks Act.  This bill is CISPA all over again, except that President Obama won’t veto it.  Four of nine Massachusetts Reps. voted for it: Neal, Kennedy, Moulton & Keating. The Senate equivalent, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), has already passed committee. It is important that we stop it in the Senate. Like the CISPA bill of years past, CISA would allow companies to disclose data to the government without warrant. Data that would be automatically shared with the NSA. Data shared without stripping out information that would identify a specific person. Tomorrow we will present our petition to Senators Warren & Markey urging them to oppose CISA.  Please sign it and urge others to sign it as well!

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Stop Fast Track in Congress!

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Already oppose Fast Track, TPP & TTIP? Help stop them! Thursday Congressional leaders put forward a bill to “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deals. If passed, TPP & TTIP would enshrine some of the worst proposals corporations and the entertainment industry have put forward. These treaties would criminalize copyright infringement and include: Stronger DRM and “technological protection measure” regimes; Make ISPs liable for copyright infringement on their networks; Implement a “take it down first, argue later” DMCA-like process for notifying copyright infringements; allow corporations to patent plants and animals; potentially ban you from selling a product you bought abroad. Both trade agreements would put in place or expand Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) that allow corporations to challenge our laws if they at all hinder their present or potential profits. It has already happened in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Guatemala. With TPP and TTIP, we will be next. These are massive trade agreements that will impact our laws covering copyright, patents and our ability to regulate corporations. So far, the agreement has been negotiated in secret, save for a small army of “corporate advisers”.  We only know about some of what is in it because of various leaks by Wikileaks and others. Fast track effectively means that Congress will pass the agreement as the executive branch has negotiated it, without debate, and without giving the public the opportunity to weigh in. Since the negotiations have been conducted in secret, there’s no way our legislators could possibly know what they’re agreeing to.  In fact, some of sections of the TPP are to be kept secret for four years after adoption. These treaties are not about about trade. Whether with copyright, patents, DRM or corporate rights, they are simply tools to increase the power and profits of … Read more

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PirateCon Posters Available

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We have some PirateCon 2015 posters you can print out and put up in your city, town or campus. Both are PDFs. Thanks to Kate & Kendra for putting them together. Please post widely! More information about the conference and how to register is at the PirateCon 2015 page.

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Rick Falkvinge will speak at PirateCon

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Rick Falkvinge, founder and first leader of the Swedish Pirate Party, will speak at our party conference on April 25th. Registration is open. The cost is $10. Youth under 18 are free. If you are under 18 or want to pay at the conference, please register with this form. You can find out the schedule and other info at the conference page. Picture by 2010 Jöran Maaswinkel (@JeeeM) Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0.

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Tell Senators Warren & Markey to Oppose CISA

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Yet again, Congress is trying to ram through a new network security bill that is long on surveillance and light on privacy protection. Like the CISPA bill of years past, CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (S.754), would allow companies to disclose data to the government without warrant. Data that would be automatically shared with the NSA. Data shared without stripping out information that would identify a specific person. It likely will go before the full Senate when they come back from recess after April 10th. Please sign our petition telling Senators Warren & Markey to oppose CISA. Also, please share the link: Thanks!

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“The Olympics and Civil Liberties” with Kade Crawford

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SUNDAY, April 5th at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St. (Copley Square) Boston, Kade Crawford will give a talk on “The Olympics and Civil Liberties”. The MPP endorses this event and hopes you will be able to attend. From the CCB site: “There’s been a lot of talk about the financial cost of hosting the 2024 Olympics in Boston, but very few people have discussed what might happen to our civil liberties if the international games come to town. Unfortunately, history and the projected budgeting for policing and surveillance suggest the civil liberties impact on the city and region would be substantial. What exactly might $2 billion in ‘security’ spending do to Boston, for the games and for the city’s future? Kade Crockford is the director of the Technology for Liberty project at the ACLU of Massachusetts. Her writing on surveillance and policing has featured in The Guardian, The Nation, The Boston Globe, and WBUR. Kade writes Privacy Matters, a blog about privacy and the security state, at Followed by a friendly luncheon, feel free to stay if you’d like. Music by Darol Anger and Emmy Phelps.”

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