Archive by month: July 2016

For months, our fair city of Somerville has had a "Black Lives Matter" hanging across the front of city hall. This week, the police union decided to hold a demonstration about it; the union wanted the banner taken down, and replaced with one that said "All lives matter". It's not the first time a police union has taken this kind of position, and it got me thinking about the differences between "Black Lives Matter" and "All Lives Matter". Let's start with "Black Lives Matter". This statemen...
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In this panel discussion Paul Paradise and Kendra Moyer talk about the dark web, Tor, gamergate, internet trolls, and the use of distributed denial of service attacks as a way to supress political speech. This panel was recorded during the 2016 convention of the Massachusetts Pirate Party. Listen below, or download your own copy from the Internet Archive.


This podcast was recorded during PirateCon 2016, on June 25th. James O'Keef, Noe Kamelamela, and Aaron James discuss the finer points of politics and organizing. The discussion covers petition gathering strategies, working with volunteers, third parties, building coalitions, marijuana legalization, and the one-party system in Massachusetts. Listen below, or download your own copy from the Internet Archive.


This weekend is the eleventh bi-annual Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference.  It will be at the Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue (15 Penn Plaza) in New York City. We are organizing a Pirate breakfast for Sunday morning at 9am at the Tick Tock Dinner. It is located at The New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001 and a five minute walk from the Hotel Pennsylvania.  If you plan to come, either fill out the Facebook event or email us at To get to Tick ...
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The annual Pirate Picnic will be Sunday, August 7th, on Georges Island in Boston Harbor. It is our Summer social. It is a potluck and there are grills where we will be. Everyone is welcome to attend. The island is a great place to explore and fun for kids. If you plan to attend, please tell us at our PiratePad as well as what food/drink you plan to bring. We will leave on the noon ferry which departs from Long Wharf in Boston near the New England Aquarium. You can purchase tickets on-line....
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The next monthly Parts & Crafts cryptoparty will be Wednesday, July 27th.  It will be from 6-9pm, and will be at 577 Somerville Ave., Somerville.  You are welcome to bring snacks and beverages. If you want to help organize a cryptoparty in your area or just discuss protecting your privacy, sign up for the cryptoparty mailing list.


It's been a rough two weeks. Alton Sterling was killed by a police officer in Baton Rouge, LA while hustling CDs outside a food mart. Philando Castile was killed by a police officer near St. Paul, MN during a traffic stop. Mass Action Against Police Brutality organized a speak out and march in Roxbury, where hundreds of people came out to show their respects. This was a sad, but moving event. When someone breaks down in front of a crowd, talking about how their brother or son was killed by p...
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Welcome to episode #2 of the Pirate Podcasts, which was recorded at PirateCon 2016. In this edition, Steve Revilak (Pirate Party Quartermaster and town meeting member in Arlington) talks about town meeting, and how you can make a difference by getting involved in local government. You can listen here, or download your own copy from the Internet Archive.


The Somerville Public Library will put on a cryptoparty on Saturday, July 16th from noon to 4:45pm.  It will be at the Somerville Public Library Main Branch at 79 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.  They will cover protecting your email, browsing the web securely with Tor, as well as chatting securely with OTR on your laptop or mobile phone. Slides: Mailvelope Also, the next monthly Parts & Crafts cryptoparty will be Wednesday, July 27th.  It will be from 6-9pm, and will be at...
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Our hearts go out to the people of Nice after the horrible attack there.  Whether it is Baghdad, Orlando, Dallas or Dhaka, single people and groups will use violence to achieve their aims or just act out in anger and hate.  In our frustration, it is natural to seek means to stop them. For over a decade, the US government has used mass surveillance of the world to try to identify and stop these attacks.  Having spent unknown tens of billions of dollars doing so, they haven't stopped a single a...
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