Archive by month: July 2015

Today's Boston Globe was covered with the headline "GAME OVER". It's official, Boston 2024 is dead in the water. Financial backing was the straw that broke the Camel's back; the USOC wanted the city to cover cost overruns and revenue shortfalls, and Mayor Walsh did the right thing by walking away. There's been strong opposition to Boston 2024, ever since the Olympic bid became public knowledge. Potential costs to taxpayers, disruption, and a fundamental lack of transparency behind the plan...
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The annual Pirate Picnic will be Sunday, August 2nd, on Georges Island in Boston Harbor. It is our annual strategy social. It is a potluck and there are grills where we will be. Everyone is welcome to attend. The island is a great place to explore and fun for kids. If you plan to attend, please tell us at our PiratePad as well as what food/drink you plan to bring. We will leave on the noon ferry which departs from Long Wharf in Boston near the New England Aquarium. You can purchase tickets...
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Halley Murray, our PR/Media Director, will again run a cryptoparty in Somerville this Wednesday, July 22nd. It will be from 6-9pm at Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143. Come down and get some help setting up software to make your communications private. See you then!

 

Massachusetts took a step closer to improving its public records law when the Judiciary Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight reported favorably on H.3665 (An Act to improve public records). The bill next goes to the committee on House Ways and Means and we need your help in making sure it passes. Massachusetts' public records laws rank 39th and received an F in the Center for Public Integrity's rankings. As Common Cause notes, this bill would: Allow courts t...
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Thanks to everyone who participated in the MAAPL hackathon. It was great to see eleven people turn out to help restore dignity and control to people who have been illegally foreclosed on. We have more to do and there will likely be at least another hackathon in the near future, but we have gone far in challenging the theft of people's homes by the banksters. Thanks!

 

Event: The David and Goliath Hackathon: Fight against Predatory Lending For: MAAPL ,The Mass Alliance Against Predatory Lending Who: Anybody with Computer Word processing skills or programming skills (See details below) When: July 18th from 11am to 2pm Where: Stone Soup, 4 King St., Worcester, 01610 ( maps below) Details: Participants will help MAAPL build their website that will be used to defend Massachusetts'  families against illegal foreclosure. Part...
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Amazon recently announced a new business model for ebooks. Essentially, they're planning to sell books by the page. It's an interesting business model, and I suspect that there'll be much written about its effects on authors and author income. However, I'd like to spend some time thinking about their business model from the perspectives of systems design, privacy, and the general freedom to read and learn. This is more a reader-centric (or consumer-centric) point of view, but there are lots ...
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We will hold a tech hackathon/skillshare on Saturday, July 11th from 10am to 1pm. It will focus on teaching supporters to use CiviCRM, the masspirates.org blog and our other organizing tools as well as adding functionality to them. If you have skills with CiviCRM, web design or are just interested, join us. It will be at Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston near the Park Street MBTA station. Directions are available. We would appreciate if you register in advance, but it isn't required. ...
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To better accommodate the schedule of Pirate Council members we are moving the IRC meetings to Mondays, 9-10pm. We will not have a meeting tonight (Thursday), but will instead start the new schedule this Monday, July 6th. Have a great Independence Day!

 

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