Archive by month: February 2016

UPDATE: If your poll worker is confused about whether you can vote (our code is X just so you know), then you can point them to this Massachusetts Elections Division tweet: Check your #SuperTuesday ballot at https://t.co/xH7U2oZXk8 before you go to vote. #mapoli pic.twitter.com/BDZoYoLl7r — Mass. Elections Div. (@MrVoterReg) February 29, 2016 It is hard to avoid talk of the presidential primaries, but at least in Massachusetts it will be over on Tuesday. Pirate voters can vote in any part...
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Tuesday's Rally in support of keeping our phones secure went well and got a lot of media attention.  Quartermaster & Arlington town meeting member Steve Revilak was mentioned in the Metro. First Officer & 2014 State Rep. candidate Noelani Kamelamela and Captain James O'Keefe were interviewed by NECN, WHDH, WCVB, the Weekly Dig and others.  Captain James also addressed the crowd.  Here are some pictures from it. Evan Greer of Fight for the Future and Kade Crockford of the Massachuse...
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Today we are joining with Fight for the Future and other groups to protest a judge's order to Apple to build a software "backdoor" to help them hack into the encrypted iPhone of Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters. We will meet at 5:30pm at the Apple Store, 815 Boylston Street in Boston.  If you cannot attend the Boston rally, you can find others at dontbreakourphones.org. Fight for the Future has computer/smart phone sign you can get and display and a flyer you can print out and bri...
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There is a Somerville Cryptoparty this Wednesday, February 24th. It will be from 6-9pm at Parts and Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143. It will have key signing and there will be people who are happy to answer your computer and networking security questions. It is BYOB. Hope you can make it! If you want to help out with this or other cryptoparties in New England, join our cryptoparty@masspirates.org email list. You can sign up at https://lists.mayfirst.org/mailman/listinfo/cr...
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Posting here and at jamesokeefe.org. The FBI got a judge to order Apple to create a custom iOS version so they can decrypt the work iPhone 5c of Syed Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters. They want Apple to push out a custom version that will disable the delays between wrong pin entries and the ten wrong pin tries and the phone gets wiped security feature. Apple is fighting it. This Tuesday the Pirate Party is joining with Fight for the Future to protest the judge’s order. We will meet...
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We are drafting a position statement for the public records bills before the Massachusetts legislature.  The Senate bill looks to be better than the House bill, but that may not be saying much.  The Bay State Examiner has a good take on our awful public records law and the proposed changes.  Quartermaster Steve also wrote up some observations on our public records laws. We will discuss what we want to say about these bills at our Monday IRC meeting from 9-10pm.  If you want to participate, vi...
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We need your help organizing Pirate chapters throughout Massachusetts.  We divided the state into twenty one regions and are looking for Pirates to call supporters in their region and possibly organize Pirate meet ups.  Sign up if you can help. The Pirates North and West of Boston have setup a regional meeting on Sunday February 28th from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at the Somerville Public Library Auditorium, 79 Highland Ave., Somerville. We will meet and talk with one another, select local contacts ...
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This Tuesday we are joining with Fight for the Future to protest a judge's order to Apple to build a software "backdoor" to help them hack into an iPhone.  We will meet at 5:30pm at the Apple Store, 815 Boylston Street in Boston. While the order is confined to just one phone, following this order gives the FBI a precedent for getting a backdoor in any phone, even newer ones.  Once that precedent is set, it won't be too long before the FBI will be using FISA warrants or potentially no warrants...
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Here is a summary one of the Somerville Cryptoparty organizers wrote about the January cryptoparty.  The next cryptoparty will be Wednesday, February 24th, 6-9pm at Parts & Crafts, 577 Somerville Ave., Somerville.  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 the...
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Today the Massachusetts' legislature's Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security will hold a hearing on S.1257 / H.2170, "An Act promoting the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement". A big thanks to Alex Marthews of Digital Fourth/Restore the Fourth, Jaimie McFarlin and others of the Harvard Black Law Students and everyone else who worked on this police body cameras bill. Below is our statement in support of these two bills. Thank you to Quartermaster Steve Revilak for draf...
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