Archive by month: March 2016

The cryptoparty scheduled for this Saturday at the South Coast Innovator Labs in Taunton was postponed.  We hope to have a new date soon. The next monthly Somerville cryptoparty will be Wednesday, March 30th.  It will be from 6-9pm, and will be at Parts & Crafts at 577 Somerville Ave., Somerville. We are working with other groups to bring cryptoparties to the Lowell area and Western Massachusetts.  If you want to help, sign up for the cryptoparty mailing list.

 

We are proud to support Fight for the Future's #SaveSecurity campaign and urge you to add your voice to this campaign. The FBI wants to force Apple to weaken the security measures that keep all of us safe. This is misguided, and dangerous. On Tuesday, March 22, when Apple goes to court, Fight for the Future will display thousands of statements from Internet users outside the courthouse.  They have 20,000+ comments.  Please add your name now. Thanks!

 

Today from 6:45pm to 7:30pm we will participate in a rally with the FSF, Defective by Design, and other anti-DRM groups to tell the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to not put DRM in future HTML standards. The anti-DRM movement has fought media and proprietary software companies who want to add Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) to the HTML standard that defines the Web.  Allowing DRM into HTML will lead to security backdoors as well as encouraging the corporate enclosure of our shared cult...
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H.2487 and H.2606, which would have extended the film tax credit to video game companies, is dead.  The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue voted to send the bills to study and not consider them this session.  A big thank you to everyone who signed our petition and spoke in opposition to these bills. No doubt these bills will be brought up in the next session and with the $170+ million GE subsidy this year, it is clear the legislature is still eager to use our tax dollars to line the poc...
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We put out a questionnaire to decide the date for PirateCon 2016 and its focus. Based on the results, we chose Saturday, June 25th for the date of PirateCon 2016.  The registration fee last year was $10, free for attendees under the age of 18.  We are working on streaming the conference and plan to offer childcare for toddlers and above. We are looking for a location in the Boston-area that, ideally, isn't expensive, has one large room that can seat 50-150 people, has a few classrooms, decent...
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H.R. 1599 (nicknamed the DARK Act because it would Deny Consumers the Right to Know) passed the U.S. House of Representatives last summer and is up for a cloture vote Wednesday. They will need sixty votes to prevail. The latest version of the “DARK Act” would preempt the states, codify voluntary labeling and give the USDA discretion to write our future. We must stop the Roberts’ bill and remain vigilant knowing that the real threat may be hidden behind closed doors where our rights could be c...
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The Public Safety Committee is still deciding whether to report out favorably two bills we support: H.2169 (municipal control of military equipment by local police) and H.2170 (Bodycams mandate). They will decide TODAY. If you haven't made calls yet, please call the Senate Chair of Public Safety Jim Timilty (617 722-1222) and the House Chair of Public Safety Hank Naughton (617-722-2230), and urge them to report these bills out favorably. It could make all the difference. Thanks!

 

The anti-DRM movement has fought media and proprietary software companies who want to add Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) to the HTML standard that defines the Web.  Allowing DRM into HTML will lead to security backdoors as well as encouraging the corporate enclosure of our shared culture. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) will convene March 20-22 and vote on whether to add DRM to the HTML standards. We cannot let them win! The FSF, Defective by Design, and other anti-DRM groups...
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From our friends at MA Right to Know GMOs: The Mass. GMO labeling bill was passed out of the Natural Resources/Ag. Committee recently. It's now one step closer to passage and we are all closer to regaining our right to know what we're eating. With Monsanto trying to bully Vermont and stop them from labeling GMOs this summer, NOW is the time to stand with them. The bill which was released has some good and bad in it and we need your help to ensure passage of the strongest possible version. ...
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Bills tend to be diffs of the existing law, which makes identifying exactly what the bill does more difficult than it should be. We put the changes that S.2127 does to Massachusetts' public records laws in the context of the existing law so that we can review those changes and decide whether we want to support them or not. We will decide at our March 14th IRC meeting. Since we paid for the data and documents that our government produces, we believe that the default should be that all document...
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