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Monthly archive: March 2017

Tell your Rep Today: Don’t let ISPs spy on you

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Last week the Senate voted 50 to 48 to roll back our online privacy protections.  As we expected, Senators Warren and Markey sided with us and people’s rights not to have their ISPs spy on them. Tomorrow morning the US House will take up their version of the bill, H.J. Res. 86.  If it passes, you can be sure that ISPs will start tracking where you browse and what you say. They will sell that data to whomever is willing to pay for it. Even though you pay them for Internet access, you will still be a product to them. There are two things are asking you to do: Call your House Rep. and tell them to oppose H.J. Res. 86 in the strongest words you can use.  If you aren’t sure who your Rep. is, find out Where Do I Vote MA. Find their phone number below and call them up; Tell your friends in other states, to call their House Rep. Fight for the Future has a page that helps them. If you want to reach out to them on social media, please do. But calls are the best thing right now. Thanks! District Name / Website DC Office District Office Email Facebook Twitter 1st Richard Neal (202) 225-5601 (413) 785-0325 Email Form Congressman-Richard-Neal @RepRichardNeal 2nd James McGovern (202) 225-6101 (508) 831-7356 Email Form RepJimMcGovern @RepMcGovern 3rd Niki Tsongas (202) 225-3411 (978) 459-0101 Email Form nikitsongas @NikiInTheHouse 4th Joseph P. Kennedy III (202) 225-5931 (617) 332-3333 Email Form Joseph-P-Kennedy-III @JoeKennedy 5th Katherine Clark (202) 225-2836 (781) 396-2900 / (508) 319-9757 Email Form KatherineClarkForCongress @KatherineClark 6th Seth Moulton (202) 225-8020 (978) 531-1669 Email Form SethMoultonForCongress @sethmoulton 7th Michael Capuano (202) 225-5111 (617) 621-6208 Email Form RepMichaelCapuano @MikeCapuano 8th Stephen Lynch (202) 225-8273 (617) 428-2000 Email Form repstephenlynch @RepStephenLynch 9th William Keating (202) … Read more

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Upcoming Cryptoparties

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Various cryptoparties are coming up: 3/29, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville 4/26, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville 5/21, noon-6pm, Together Boston Cryptoparty, Cambridge

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Cryptoparty crew will be at LibrePlanet this weekend

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The Free Software Foundation’s annual conference, LibrePlanet, is this weekend and a number of Pirates will be there. The privacy activists on our cryptoparty mailing list will be teaching people how to protect their privacy at the cryptoparty table. They will be there at least noon-3pm both days, so drop by and say hi. Additionally, some of our cryptoparty and party supporters and past event speakers will be speaking at it, including: A role for free software in movements, communities and platform cooperativism, Micky Metts, Sunday, 15:40 – 16:25 Technology for direct actions, Andrew Seeder, Saturday, 13:50 – 14:35 Move fast and break democracy, Shauna Gordon-McKeon, Saturday, 11:50-12:35 Beyond unfree: The software you can go to jail for talking about, Cory Doctorow, Sunday Keynote, 10:00 – 10:45 Here are some additional talks that may be of interest to Pirates attending LibrePlanet: Saturday Batten down the hatches – A non-technical security workshop for activists, Al Carter, 10:55-12:35 Patents, copyrights and trademarks: Won’t someone please think of the children?, Deb Nicholson, 13:50 – 14:35 Let’s encrypt office hours, Noah Swartz, 15:40 – 16:25 The free software movement in the age of Trump, Eben Moglen, 15:40 – 16:25 Pump.io – The federated, extensible social network, Alex Jordan, 15:40 – 16:25 Sunday The surreptitious assault on privacy, security, and freedom, Mike Gerwitz, 10:55 – 11:40 SecureDrop: Leaking safely to modern news organizations, Conor Schaefer, 13:50 – 14:35 Algorithmic bias: Where it comes from and what to do about it, Andrew Oram, Ifeoma Ajunwa, Geoff A. Cohen, Ben Green, 13:50 – 14:35 The post-truth Santa Claus and the concealed present, Alexandre Oliva, 14:45 – 15:30 Fixing trust on the Internet, Tom Marble, 15:40 – 16:25 Secret life of the bitcoin blockchain, Skye Elijah, 16:35 – 17:20 Will the FCC still ban your operating system? (Maybe.), Eric Schultz, 16:35 – 17:20 Securely backing up GPG private keys… to the cloud?, Joey Hess, 16:35 – 17:20

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Share at PirateCon 2017

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Do you have knowledge you want to share with your fellow Pirates? Is there some issue or project you think Pirates should know about? If so sign up to present at or organize a panel for PirateCon 2017. We have at least six hours available and an hour for lightning talks. Please sign up by this Sunday, March 26th. Any submissions after that date will be included as a lightning talk. PirateCon 2017 will be Saturday, April 29th at the Community Church of Boston. The Community Church is in Copley Square at 565 Boylston St #2, Boston. It will start at 10am and end at 6pm. Registration is $10. Youth under 18 are free. You can pay in advance or just tell us you will attend if you prefer to pay at the door or are under 18. Conference details and updates are at the 2017 PirateCon page. We will elect our Pirate Council and three Arbitrators. Submit your nomination by April 28th.

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This Friday: Learn how to annoy legislators for freedom

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The Massachusetts Legislature has thousands of bills to consider.  Quite a few are of interest to Pirates including whether to give millions of dollars in subsidies to video game companies, revising the cannabis legalization law passed by voters, or defining standards for police body cameras. Yet, most bills never even have a committee vote, nevermind get to a floor vote.  The power of the leadership of the legislature is extreme and it isn’t democratic. The legislature doesn’t work the way you were taught in your high school civics textbooks. This Friday, March 24, Alex Marthews, National Director of Restore the 4th, will talk about how the Massachusetts legislature really works and how we can hack it to get Pirate-friendly bills further. It will be from 3-5pm at Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston. Encuentro 5 is within easy walking distance of the Park St. MBTA stop. Hope you can make it.

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Pirate Podcasts – Episode 11: The importance of causing a stir

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Terra Friedrichs is a former selectman from Acton, Massachusetts. She talks about her experience on the board, using a town’s permitting authority as a negotiating tool, municipal rights, the importance of doing your homework, and not being afraid to put corporations on the spot. Terra also talks about her no-money campaign for the Massachusetts state senate in 2016, and the difference between big P and little p progressives. This talk was recorded at the Democracy Center in Cambridge Massachusetts, on November 12th 2016, during the Massachusetts Pirate Party’s “run local” campaign. You can listen below, or download the podcast from the Internet Archive.

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PirateCon will be at the Community Church of Boston

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PirateCon 2017, our annual conference, will be at the Community Church of Boston. It will be Saturday, April 29th. The Community Church is in Copley Square at 565 Boylston St #2, Boston. It will start at 10am and end at 6pm. If you are interested in presenting or participating in a panel, sign up. We have at least six hours available and an hour for lightning talks. Please sign up by March 26th. Registration is $10. Youth under 18 are free. You can pay in advance or just tell us you will attend if you prefer to pay at the door or are under 18. Conference details and updates are at the 2017 PirateCon page. We will elect our Pirate Council and three Arbitrators. Submit your nomination by April 28th.

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Providence Cryptoparty, March 19th

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The Providence Public Library will offer a cryptoparty on Sunday, March 19th, 1:30-4:30pm.  The library is at 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903. An LGBTQ community-focused Cryptoparty is tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, March 25th. Hopefully it will be at Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston. Other cryptoparties we know about are: 3/29, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville 4/26, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville 5/21, noon-6pm, Together Boston Cryptoparty, Cambridge Keep track of upcoming cryptoparties in the Boston-area at the Boston Cryptoparty page.

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On March 24th, learn how to annoy legislators for freedom

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On Friday, March 24, Alex Marthews, National Director of Restore the 4th, will talk about how the Massachusetts legislature really works. It isn’t what you would expect from your civics textbooks. It will be from 3-5pm at Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston. Encuentro 5 is within easy walking distance of the Park St. MBTA stop.

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James & Kamelamela on The Young Jurks Tonight

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Aaron James, 2016 Pirate Party candidate for the 27th Middlesex State Representative district, and First Officer Noelani Kamelamela will be on the The Young Jurks show tonight starting at 6pm. You can listen to it live at http://wemfradio.com/Live/. The show ends at 7:30pm. Show archives are posted at http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-young-jurks.

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