Archive by month: November 2015

We started a petition to oppose the expansion of Massachusetts' film tax credits to video game companies.  Rhode Island lost $75 million backing video game developer 38 Studios. If a subsidy bill passes, Massachusetts tax payers could lose that amount every year and a half. Our own calculations indicate that Massachusetts could be giving away $50 million every year in tax payer money to video games companies. Over ten years, the cost could be at least half a billion dollars. What government...
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As Boston's Climate March turned left and headed up Beacon Hill, a woman to my left improvised a marching chant: "If we don't fix the climate, Beacon Hill will be an island". After a few rounds, she stopped to laugh, saying "hey, I'm trying to be creative". She succeeded. Beacon Hill is a large hill in Boston's downtown section, some blocks away from the harbor. If the sea level were to rise enough, the harbor would reach inward, surround Beacon Hill, and turn it into an island. The imagery was ...
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About a year ago, Der Spiegel posted excerpts of the NSA's ANT (Advanced Networking Technology) catalog. Essentially, it's a little catalog full of nifty spy gadgets and zero-day exploits, for use by NSA's Tailored Access Operations group. Jetplow was one of the catalog's little stocking stuffers; it's a persistent back-door exploit for Cisco ASA firewalls. Bruce Schneier's blog has a page dedicated to Jetplow, as does the nicely named website, IC Off the Record. Being a computer scientist...
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On Friday November 13th a group of armed fellows shot up, and attempted to blow up parts of Paris. In the process, they killed approximately 130 people. That's tragic. I'm sad that it happened, and I feel really bad for the people affected. But then again, I'm from the United States -- where mass shootings are quickly becoming a routine thing. Our mass shootings generally involve a smaller number of fatalities, but we definitely make up for it in volume. Shootingtracker.com tracks mass sho...
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The Somerville cryptoparty scheduled for tonight has been canceled due to illness. Keep an eye out here or at cryptoparty.in/boston for when the next one will be.  It shouldn't be any later than January. If you want to help out with other cryptoparties in New England, join our cryptoparty@masspirates.org email list. You can sign up at https://lists.mayfirst.org/mailman/listinfo/cryptoparty_masspirates.org/.  Anyone who wants to organize cryptoparties and share ideas for making them better, ev...
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The Massachusetts House and Senate passed S.2057/S.2015 which says it will clear titles to foreclosed properties, but is really an attempt by banksters to limit the rights of people who have been illegally foreclosed on to challenge their foreclosure.  S.2057 would sanction the theft of property.  Please contact Governor Baker today and tell him to veto this bill. From our friends at the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending (MAAPL): Unfortunately, the bad foreclosure bill (S.20...
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The next Somerville cryptoparty will be this Wednesday, November 25th. It will be from 6-9pm at Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143. Since it is the day before Thanksgiving, we will likely keep it low key.  It will have key signing and there will be people who are happy to answer your computer and networking security questions. We will also figure out when the next few Somerville cryptoparties will be there.  It is BYOB and there will be snacks.  Hope you can make it! ...
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Quartermaster Steve will also give a talk called "The surveillance state and what to do about it" at the Boston Anarchist Bookfair this Saturday.  It is from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 222. Presentation slides: The Surveillance State, and what to do about it Also, we will be tabling at the bookfair the whole weekend (Nov. 21 & 22) and want your help. The Bookfair will be at the Boston University George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave., in Boston. If you can help us table, even jus...
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Our second 2016 campaign meeting was Sunday.  We laid out a general strategy for the next two months and came up with some draft issues.   We have two more meetings planned: Sunday, Dec. 6th at Pizzeria Regina, 353 Cambridge St., Allston (Boston), just off the Pike. It starts at 3pm and ends at 5pm.  Tell us you are coming so we know how big to make the reservation. Saturday, Dec. 19th, and we will post a poll for the location soon. If you cannot make any of the meetings,  you can al...
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We will be tabling at the Boston Anarchist Bookfair, this weekend (Nov. 21 & 22), and want your help.  We will tell people about the Pirate Party and teach people how to encrypt their communications. Quartermaster Steve will also give a talk called "The surveillance state and what to do about it" from 1pm to 2:30pm in Room 222. The Bookfair will be at the Boston University George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave., in Boston. If you can help us table, even just for an hour, please si...
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