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Monthly archive: June 2015

FastTrack defeated, but important vote to revive it today

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A huge thanks to the entire Massachusetts House delegation for voting against all parts of the Trade Act of 2015.  Because the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) portion of the bill failed to pass, the entire bill failed. However, the House leadership moved to reconsider the vote for TAA and it looks like the vote will be today. Please call your House Representative to thank them for voting against Fast Track and urge them to continue to oppose the motion to reconsider the Trade Adjustment Assistance bill. To find out who represents you in the House of Representatives, please visit Where Do I Vote MA and enter your address.  Be sure to tell your friends in other states to call their reps! 1st CD Representative Richard Neal – Facebook / @RepRichardNeal / (202) 225-5601 / (413) 785-0325 2nd CD Representative James McGovern – Facebook / @RepMcGovern / (202) 225-6101 / (508) 831-7356 3rd CD Representative Niki Tsongas – Facebook / @nikiinthehouse / (202) 225-3411 / (978) 459-0101 4th CD Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III – Facebook / @joekennedy / (202) 225-5931 / (617) 332-3333 5th CD Representative Katherine Clark – Facebook / @KClarkCongress / (202) 225-2836 / (781) 396-2900 & (508) 319-9757 6th CD Representative Seth Moulton – Facebook / @sethmoulton /  (202) 225-8020 / (978) 531-1669 7th CD Representative Michael Capuano – Facebook / @mikecapuano / (202) 225-5111 / (617) 621-6208 8th CD Representative Stephen Lynch – Facebook / @RepStephenLynch / (202) 225-8273 / (617) 428-2000 9th CD Representative William Keating – Facebook / @WilliamKeating / (202) 225-3111 / (617) 770-3700

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The PirateCon Podcasts: Part I

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It’s been a few weeks since Piratecon 2015, and we’re in the process of getting the audio footage edited and put up on the web. Today, we posted audio for the first two talks: How we Won Net Neutrality (Evan Greer, Fight for the Future), and Rethinking the City (Seth Zeren and Tim Devin) Over the course of the next few weeks, we hope to get the rest of the talks edited and posted.

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Why we Should Corner the Market on Zero Days

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I recently read about the US Navy’s interest in Zero Day exploits; they’d like to hire a contractor to research and develop zero days, which the Navy would (presumably) hold on to for offensive use. Every time I hear someone talk about hoarding zero days, my immediate reflex is to cover my face with my hands and shake my head. Once upon a time, this kind of thinking might have made sense (e.g., we need to build more battleships than our adversary has), but it’s an irrelevant and harmful strategy in the area of cybersecurity. A “zero day” is an computer exploit that’s unknown to the general public, and probably unknown to the vendor that produced the computer or computer software. They’re software defects; they allow someone to make a computer behave in unintended ways, or do unintended things. Zero days can be used to destroy data, exfiltrate data, steal secrets, or damage physical machinery the computer is hooked up to (think Stuxnet). The NSA’s Tailored Access Operations team has been working on zero days for some time, and now the Navy wants in on the action. The Navy sees potential for offensive weapons, but there’s a catch. Let’s step back for a moment and talk about a different kind of offensive weapon — the intercontinental ballistic missile (aka ICBM). Decades ago, the US made significant research and development investments in nuclear weapons. It’s the same idea as building a bigger battleship: you have this shiny new offensive weapon, your adversary doesn’t, and this gives you some kind of (real or perceived) advantage. Of course, your adversary is going to develop shiny new offensive weapons of their own, and you’ll want to stay one step ahead. We call this sort of thing an arms race. The US spent decades in … Read more

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Pride Parade Today!

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Today we will march in the Boston LBGTQ Pride Parade.  This is our fourth year marching in it and we want you to join us. Sixteen pirates marched last year, and we want to at least double that number. We are assembling in Section I, position 7, staging at 907 Boylston Street which should be in front of The Pour House.  We would appreciate it if marchers arrived by 11:30am. The parade starts at noon, though we never start marching at that time, and it should end around 3pm.  Be sure to wear good walking shoes, bring some water and wear light clothes since it will be 81 degrees and sunny out. See you soon!  

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Boston Pride Parade Tomorrow

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UPDATE: Saturday, we are assembling in Section I, position 7, staging at 907 Boylston Street which should be in front of The Pour House.  We would appreciate it if marchers arrived by 11:30am. Tomorrow, Saturday, June 13th, we will march in the Boston LBGTQ Pride Parade.  This is our fourth year marching in it. We want you to join us so our contingent is the largest we can make it.  Sixteen pirates marched last year, and we want to at least double that number. The parade starts at noon, though we never start marching at that time, and it should end around 3pm.  Be sure to wear good walking shoes. Register early and invite your family and friends. Also, tonight, we make signs to hold up as we march in the Boston LBGTQ Pride Parade. It will start at 6:30pm at 25 Moore St., Somerville a seven minute walk from the Davis Sq. MBTA stop.

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Fast Track Vote Friday, Call Congressman Moulton

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UPDATED EVENT INFO BELOW The House will vote on Fast Track Trade Authority (FTTA) Friday.  The Hill reported that only Congressman Moulton (6th CD district) has not committed to opposing this bill.  Please call him today at (202) 225-8020 and urge him to oppose Fast Track Trade Authority. Telling him to oppose this destructive bill on Facebook or on Twitter at @sethmoulton will also help. UPDATE: There is a rally to stop Fast Track at Congressman Moulton’s office today at 3:30pm sponsored by the AFL-CIO and the Greater Boston Labor Council.  The address is 17 Peabody Square, Peabody, MA 01960.   Show up and lend them a hand.  Also, an AFL-CIO/GBLC Rally to Stop Fast Track is scheduled for Friday, 5-6pm at Suffolk University, 73 Tremont Street, Boston. More leaks reveal that the TPP could be used by pharmaceutical companies to challenge the ability of governments to regulate the drug prices they pay leading to higher prices and more profits for big pharma.  We have already talked about TiSA and its ability to prevent governments from using Free Software as well as ISDS and all of the copyright monopoly giveaways. The European Parliament is starting to turn against TTIP & TiSA.  Without the FTTA, it will be harder to get these corporate welfare bills passed. Now is the time to tell Congressman Moulton that our rights should not be traded away in secret.  Pick up the phone and call him at (202) 225-8020.  Thanks!

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Stop FastTrack This Week!

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Already oppose Fast Track, TPP & TTIP? Help stop them! The House is likely to vote on Fast Track Trade Authority (FTTA) this week, possibly tomorrow.  We can stop this bill, but every vote counts! Wikileaks leaked seventeen documents for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).  It aims to deregulate service industries for the benefit of corporations.  One provision would prevent governments from using Free Software: “No Party may require the transfer of, or access to, source code of software owned by a person of another Party, as a condition of providing services related to such software in its territory.” If passed, agreements like TISA, 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. These 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 TiSA, TPP and TTIP, we will be next. Call your House Rep. and tell them to oppose Fast Track Now is the time to tell your Congressperson that they must oppose Fast Track. To find out who represents you in the House of Representatives, please visit Where Do I Vote MA and enter your address.  Be sure to tell your friends in other states to call their reps! 1st CD Representative Richard Neal – Facebook / @RepRichardNeal / (202) 225-5601 / (413) 785-0325 2nd CD Representative James McGovern – Facebook / @RepMcGovern / (202) … Read more

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Friday, Pride Parade Sign Making Party

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This Friday, we make signs to hold up as we march in the Boston LBGTQ Pride Parade.  It will start at 6:30pm at 25 Moore St., Somerville a seven minute walk from the Davis Sq. MBTA stop. The next day, on Saturday, June 13th, we will march in the Boston LBGTQ Pride Parade.  This is our fourth year marching in it. We want you to join us so our contingent is the largest we can make it.  Sixteen pirates marched last year, and we want to at least double that number. The parade starts at noon, though we never start marching at that time, and it should end around 3pm.  Be sure to wear good walking shoes. Register early and invite your family and friends.

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Never thought something expired would taste this good

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Yesterday, Section 215 of the Patriot Act expired.  For the moment, the NSA’s bulk collection of phone metadata program is no more.  A program that made our privacy vulnerable without actually finding a single terrorist has ended. Many thanks to all of you who advocated for allowing this and other provisions of the Patriot Act to sunset.  The 4th Amendment is that much stronger as a result of your efforts. Yet our fight is still not over.  The Senate is still taking up the USA Freedom Act and may vote on it today.  We know Senators Warren and Markey will vote for it as the House approved it. Now that these provisions are dead, it is important to remind Senators Warren and Markey that they don’t have to support the USA Freedom Act to split the difference.  The NSA’s mass surveillance program never worked and it left everyone’s privacy vulnerable.  Give them a call: Senator Elizabeth Warren – Facebook / @SenWarren / (202) 224-4543 / (617) 565-3170 & (413) 788-2690 Senator Ed Markey – Facebook / @SenMarkey / (202) 224-2742 / (617) 565-8519 Thanks!

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