Archive by month: March 2017

Our Democracy/Tech meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, April 1st, 2-4pm.  We will test our live streaming setup for PirateCon and hopefully install more software to improve communications between members. The meeting will be in Arlington and is open to all. Email Quartermaster Steve at info@masspirates.org for the address if you plan to attend. If you cannot make the meeting, but want to help, join the Democracy mailing list.

 

We are helping the International Scholars Working Group (part of the Harvard Graduate Union) organize a privacy workshop this Friday 6-8pm at Lamont Forum Room, Lamont Library in Harvard Yard (the corner of Quincy & Harvard St), Cambridge. The privacy workshop is geared towards the needs of international students, but anyone interested in learning how to protect their privacy, especially at the border, is invited to attend. If you wish, please spread this page or the ISWG's Facebook event...
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Yesterday, in a mostly partisan vote of 215 to 205, the US House of Representatives voted to roll back our online privacy protections from ISPs. This vote followed the recent Senate vote of 50 to 48 for S.J.Res. 34. The entire Massachusetts delegation voted against it, but both votes were close.  It is likely that Trump will sign it into law. A big thanks to everyone who called their representative to urge them to oppose this bill and contacted their friends to call their representatives. ...
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On Saturday, June 10th, we will again march in the Boston Pride Parade. If you plan to march with us, tell us in advance. We will assemble along Boylston St. in Boston. Last year we moved up in the parade and assembled in front of the Apple Store, but past years we assembled near the Hynes Convention Center. The parade starts at noon and we would appreciate it if you arrived by 11:30am.

 

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 stil...
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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

 

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, communitie...
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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...
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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 y...
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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 Massac...
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