Archive by month: April 2017

The Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Transportation will have a public hearing on autonomous vehicles.  They will be taking testimony on a bunch of bills. Of interest for Pirates is S.1945, which has the strongest provisions relating to privacy and security. The hearing is at 3pm this Wednesday at the State House in Room A-1. If you have academic or professional expertise on the topic of autonomous vehicles and privacy or security, or if you may have availability to testify n...
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Michele McPhee has an article in Boston Magazine about Tamerlan Tsarnaev based on new research she has done and documents released via the Freedom of Information Act. One of the claims is that one or more government agencies acted on Tsarnaev's behalf to push giving him US citizenship. They aren't likely to do that out of the goodness of their hearts, so the McPhee argues that he was an informant for the FBI. The article, and her book, will certainly give ammunition to the many people who que...
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On March 24, Alex Marthews, National Director of Restore the 4th, talked about how the Massachusetts legislature really works and how we can hack it to get Pirate-friendly bills further. 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...
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