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Monthly archive: February 2016

Pirates Can Vote in Tuesday’s Presidential Primary

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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 party primary without changing their voter registration and can choose from candidates from three parties. While we don’t endorse in the Presidential election, numerous candidates announced their support for the FBI’s attempt to force Apple to backdoor the iOS.  Some oppose net neutrality, while supporting mass surveillance and trade treaties that will place corporations over people. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday. You can find where to vote and, if you haven’t registered as a Pirate voter, you can do so on-line. We’re looking for many good Pirates Of course we would prefer to have a Pirate running for president, but we aren’t there yet.  Our focus is on the Massachusetts legislature which has a tendency to grant millions in tax breaks to Hollywood, GE and potentially video game companies. We are looking for Pirates to run for Massachusetts house and senate in 2016 or city and town offices in 2017.  Candidates for the legislature have to submit nomination signatures for validation by May 3rd, but candidates only need signatures from 150 voters in the district to get on the ballot.  Getting on the ballot takes some effort, but with 60% of legislators running unopposed in November, is worth it. If you are interested in running, be sure to change your voter registration to Pirate by … Read more

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Tuesday’s no phone backdoor rally was a success

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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 Massachusetts ACLU gave great speeches and we are thankful for Fight for the Future’s efforts to organize these events world wide.

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Today: Tell the FBI “No Backdoor in Our Phones”

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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 bring. The FBI botched recovering the data on the phone using existing user recovery methods (and with Apple’s help) and isn’t likely to find anything of value on the phone.  The FBI says that order is confined to just one phone, but others are eager to exploit a win by the FBI. Following this order gives the FBI a precedent for getting a backdoor in any phone.  Once that precedent is set, it won’t be too long before the FBI will be using FISA warrants or potentially no warrants to get into our phones.  And if the back door exists, then other countries that don’t have our SCOTUS-limited 4th Amendment will be using it to get into the phones of dissidents.  Whatever your feelings about Apple, this issue affects all encryption software, and thus potentially everyone’s privacy. If you cannot attend the Boston rally, you can find others at dontbreakourphones.org. You can even organize one at an Apple store near you, just email info@fightforthefuture.org so Fight for the Future knows about it. Mark Fiore has a funny cartoon on being “wiretap friendly” that applies just as well here. Lets make sure we can laugh about this and not fear for our privacy and security.

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Cryptoparty This Wednesday

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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/cryptoparty_masspirates.org/. Anyone who wants to organize cryptoparties and share ideas for making them better, even non-Pirates, is welcome to join. Please note that photography and video recording of participants is not allowed at cryptoparties without their permission.

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First they came for an iPhone 5c

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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 at 5:30pm at the Apple Store, 815 Boylston Street in Boston. Join us and stand up for your privacy and right to keep your data encrypted and secure. Considering that ISIS didn’t know about the attack, it is doubtful there is much on the phone that will help them get other leads. The FBI can already request the metadata (who was called, when, how long, from where) for Farook’s communications using the phone or any other service the shooters used. The mobile phone providers are always willing to provide that information, often for a fee. Whatever other info they need, the NSA has likely gathered it with their mass surveillance program. FBI could use the NSA’s data to identify what other information they need and then get a subpoena to get the data legally, though unconstitutionally. It isn’t as if the Federal government hasn’t used parallel construction in the past. The phone was owned by Farook’s employer, the San Bernardino Health Department, and someone there reset the phone in an attempt to gain access. Had they not, the FBI could have backed up the data to Apple’s iCloud service and gained access to it. It isn’t clear who made the decision to reset the password. Which is all good … Read more

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Public Records Bill Up For Consideration

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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, visit https://webchat.pirateirc.net/, enter your nickname, enter #masspirates for the channel and connect.  You can also connect via your IRC client.

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Help organize a local Pirate chapter

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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 and hopefully identify candidates for the 2016 election. Everyone is welcome to attend, but we especially would like to see supporters from Arlington, Belmont, Burlington, Cambridge, Everett, Lexington, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Winchester and Woburn.

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Protest Tuesday: No Backdoor in Our Phones

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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 to get into our phones.  Whatever your feelings about Apple, this issue affects all encryption software. If you cannot attend the Boston rally, you can find others at dontbreakourphones.org. You can even organize one at an Apple store near you, just email info@fightforthefuture.org so Fight for the Future knows about it.

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Jan. Cryptoparty Summary, Next One is 2/24

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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 them better is welcome to join. Awesome to see so many regulars and new faces at last week’s cryptoparty. Here’s what went down: 30,000 foot overview of asymmetrical public key cryptography We had a demo of booting with Tails and browsing with Tor. It included clear explanations of how these tools work and what they’re supposed to do. We talked a little about other tools, such as Keybase for browser-based encryption, Thunderbird as an e-mail client with the Enigmail extension, Signal for encrypted SMS. Reach out to this list host if you want Keybase invites! Lots of questions and answers and general shooting-of-the-sh*t We saw (but didn’t get to play with) a YubiKey in the wild. We saw (and marveled at) a Faraday bag in the wild. Here are some possible topics for the months ahead: LibrePlanet 2016 is March 19th and 20th. Keynote speaker is Edward Snowden. I’ll be leading a session on the 19th called “Community Technology for Solidarity Economies” and would love to get feedback of some of my presentation from y’all. There’s also been discussion on this listserv about setting up a booth / room for the event. All ears. A general overview of TLS and SSL. A general overview of VPNs and how to get them working. How to set up and maintain a private web server. How to torrent media safely. Checksums and data integrity. Encrypted communications with media. Encrypted communications with several recipients. … Read more

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Pirate Party Testimony in Support of S.1257 / H.2170

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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 drafting our statement. The Massachusetts Pirate Party is a political designation in Massachusetts. We pride ourselves on being advocates for transparency and open government; today, we are offering testimony in support of H.2170/S.1257: An Act promoting the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement. In August of 2015, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency published a report titled “Body-Worn Camera Feasibility Study Report”[1]. This report was the result of a year-long study from CBP’s Body-Worn Camera Working Group. The CBP report lists a number of likely benefits from the use of body-worn cameras, and a number of policy-related issues. The benefits CBP saw include: the evidentiary value of camera footage, a reduction in public complaints and lawsuits filed against CBP, and improved transparency through the proactive release of video footage. These are all good reasons for body camera deployment. Video footage provides evidentiary value for law enforcement; it also provides a level of transparency that can be used to build trust between law enforcement and the public. The policy issues involving body worn cameras are numerous: what should (and what should not) be recorded, what are the guidelines for data retention, redaction, and segregation of footage, what is the impact to individual privacy, and how should privacy issues be resolved, and what metrics can be used to judge the … Read more

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