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Monthly archive: May 2016

June 11th, March with us at the Boston Pride Parade

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On Saturday, June 11th, we will march in the Boston LBGT Pride Parade. This is our fifth year marching in it. We want you to join us so our contingent is the largest we can make it. The parade starts at noon, though we never start marching at that time, and it should end around 3pm. Be sure to wear good walking shoes. If you know how to silk screen nylon flags, please contact us. Register early and invite your family and friends.

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Somerville Cryptoparty Tonight

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The next monthly Somerville cryptoparty will be tonight, Wednesday, May 25th.  It will be from 6-9pm, and will be at Parts & Crafts at 577 Somerville Ave., Somerville. If you want to help organize a cryptoparty in your area or just discuss protecting your privacy, sign up for the cryptoparty mailing list.

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Russian Hackers? You guessed it — classified

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In November 2015 the Center for Public Integrity published an article about two defense contractors who were subcontracting work to a group of Russian programmers. The Russian programmers cost 1/3 as much as their American counterparts; they also managed to infect the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) network with a number of viruses. So much for requirements that “only U.S. citizens with approved security clearances work on classified systems”. After reading this article, I filed a FOIA request with DISA: Defense Information Systems Agency ATTN: Headquarters FOIA Requester Service Center P.O. Box 549 Ft Meade, MD 20755-0549 Dear FOIA Public Liason, This is a request made under the Freedom of Information Act. I am seeing the following records: The whistleblower report(s) provided by John C. Kingsley, regarding the use of Russian programmers in the development of a Pentagon communications system. See http://www.publicintegrity.org/2015/11/04/18828/security-breach-russian-programmers-wrote-code-us-military-communications-systems. Executive summary documents, describing the system in question. I am making this request for personal, non-commercial use. Please advise me if processing costs will exceed $25.00. I prefer to receive responsive documents in electronic form. Responsive documents can be emailed to steve@… or mailed to the return address above. DISA responded four months later. Sadly, no documents for me. FOIA No: 16-07 Dear Mr. Revilak: This letter is in response to your Freedom of Information Act request for copy of the Whistleblower report provided by John C. Kingsley regarding the use of Russian programmers in the development of a Pentagon communications system and the executive summary documents describing the system in question. Please be informed that the above requested report and all records pertaining to it are currently a part of an ongoing and or pending investigation; therefore, we are denying all records pertaining the report pursuant to 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552 b(7)(A). Exemption 7 (A): Exempts information, … Read more

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James campaign hands in signatures this Wednesday

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The Aaron James for 27th Middlesex State Representative campaign has gathered more than the required number of verified voter signatures to qualify for the ballot.  We will meet at lunch time this Wednesday, May 25th, by the front steps of the State House to hand-in the signatures.  His campaign has setup a Facebook event. Come out to show support for his campaign and enjoy a fun lunchtime hang out with the Aaron before he hands in his papers.

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Tell us you want to speak at PirateCon by Wednesday

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PirateCon 2016 will be Saturday, June 25th at the Tent City Community Room, 130 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116. It will start at 10am and end at 6pm. We will have six hour long sessions and an hour for lightning talks. If you are interested in speaking at PirateCon in one of the longer sessions, please tell us by Wednesday. If you want to organize a panel discussion, please provide the contact information for other speakers who you want to speak with you or have agreed to speak with you.

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Together Boston Cryptoparty, Sunday, Cambridge

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Together Boston is holding a cryptoparty at Danger!Awesome this Sunday, May 22nd, from noon to 4pm. We are helping with it so come down and learn to protect your privacy. Danger!Awesome is at 10 Prospect St. in Cambridge. Be sure to check out the rest of the Together Boston festival events. If you want to help organize a cryptoparty in your area or just discuss protecting your privacy, sign up for the cryptoparty mailing list.

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Somerville Cryptoparty, Wed., May 25th

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The next monthly Somerville cryptoparty will be Wednesday, May 25th.  It will be from 6-9pm, and will be at Parts & Crafts at 577 Somerville Ave., Somerville. Don’t forget that there will be a Together Boston cryptoparty at Danger!Awesome this Sunday, May 22nd from noon to 4pm. We are helping with it so come down and learn to protect your privacy. Danger!Awesome is at 10 Prospect St. in Cambridge.  Be sure to check out the rest of the Together Boston festival events. If you want to help organize a cryptoparty in your area or just discuss protecting your privacy, sign up for the cryptoparty mailing list.

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TODAY: CALL Deleo and Rosenburg. GET BIG MONEY OUT! of our elections

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From our friends a Pass Mass. Amendment: Hey, we just got word that there still is a glimmer of hope on the PassMass Constitutional Convention Wednesday May 18…that we could really get a “vote to reconvene” to vote on PassMass this summer. If you want to see this happen TO HELP GET BIG MONEY OUT!…CALL ROSENBERG and DELEO!!! Let us know you did, pls… we have 24 hours. THEY are the ones holding us up. I know we can’t do much in 24 hours. But what if we can! Comment at the following post, to get updates. Their contact info is: Robert DeLeo (Speaker of the House, controls the agenda): Phone: 617-722-2500 Email: Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND TOWN Stan Rosenberg (Speaker of the Senate, controls the agenda) Phone: 617-722-1500 Email: Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND TOWN

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James campaign signature hand-in moved to May 25th

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The Aaron James campaign has gathered more than the required number of verified voter signatures to qualify for the ballot.  We will meet at lunch time on Wednesday, May 25th, instead of today, by the front steps of the State House to hand in their signatures. Come out to show support for his campaign and enjoy a fun lunchtime hang out with the Aaron before he hands in his papers. Thanks!  

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Together Boston Cryptoparty, Sunday, May 22nd, noon-4pm

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Together Boston is holding a cryptoparty at Danger!Awesome this Sunday, May 22nd, from noon to 4pm. We are helping with it so come down and learn to protect your privacy. Danger!Awesome is at 10 Prospect St. in Cambridge. Be sure to check out the rest of the Together Boston festival events. If you want to help organize a cryptoparty in your area or just discuss protecting your privacy, sign up for the cryptoparty mailing list.

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