Archive by month: July 2017

We have mapped surveillance cameras in many cities and towns, but downtown Boston remains little explored. To fix that, our surveillance camera mapping picnic will be Saturday, August 19th. We will meet near the Visitor Center on Boston Common (139 Tremont St) starting at noon. The schedule is: noon-1pm: food and training; 1pm-2:30pm: map cameras; 2:30pm-3:30pm: come back and debrief. We would appreciate it if you told us you will be there. We will show you how to map camer...
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From our Boston Organizer: Celebrating repair by conveying basic troubleshooting skills, Fixit Clinics are do-it-together hands-on STEM-oriented fix-n-learn community-based exploration and discovery workshops staffed by volunteer Fixit Coaches who generously share their time, tools and expertise to consult with you on the disassembly, troubleshooting, and repair of your item. So bring your broken, non-functioning things -- electronics, appliances, computers, toys, sewing machines, bicycles, fa...
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This year we decided to move the annual pirate picnic from Georges Island to a more accessible location. We also want to give it a specific purpose: mapping the CCTV surveillance cameras in downtown Boston. We setup cctv.masspirates.org to show the cameras that people have mapped in Open Street Map. We have used a number of tools to add the cameras we find to the map. It is still a bit of a hobby, but it is past time to get people using it. We have mapped some of Cambridge and Somerville, ...
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If you haven't already submitted your comments on the FCC's reevaluation of their Net Neutrality ruling, please submit them today as it is the last day to do so. This Thursday, join activists from Cryptoparty Boston for a hands-on workshop to learn about encryption tools and how we can protect our privacy against the surveillance state and other intrusive forces. We’ll “hang out" with computers and try to get rid of the fear that the panopticon (the "all-seeing eye" of the state) wants us to ...
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Every year we have a Pirate Picnic in August on Georges Island. This year we decided to move the picnic to a more accessible location and give it a specific purpose: mapping the CCTV surveillance cameras in downtown Boston. We setup cctv.masspirates.org to show the cameras that people have mapped in Open Street Map. We have used a number of tools to add the cameras we find to the map. It is still a bit of a hobby, but it is past time to get people using it. We have mapped some of Cambridge...
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Thankfully, the Massachusetts Senate hasn't yet buckled to the House's repeal and rewrite of Question 4 legalizing Cannabis and the legislature is still settling on a single bill. The differences between the House bill and Question 4 include: sharply raise total pot taxes to a mandatory 28 percent, from a maximum of 12 percent in the ballot question; give municipal officials, instead of local voters, the power to ban cannabis shops and farms from their communities. MassCANN/NORML i...
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On Friday, governors from the United States, Mexico, and Canada will meet in Rhode Island to talk trade – and undoubtedly, the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will keynote the event. Public Citizen and local trade activist groups are rallying for a NAFTA replacement that benefits citizens, consumers and working people in all three NAFTA countries. If you can attend this Friday at 2:30pm, please RSVP at replacenafta.org/rsvp and...
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A big thanks to everyone who participated in our Day Against DRM event on Saturday, July 8th. We still have some flyers left over if you want to drop them off at libraries, coffee shops or any other public place. Email us soon at info@masspirates.org and we will mail some out to you.

 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to destroy net neutrality and the open Internet. They want to give big cable companies control over what we see and do online. If they get their way, they’ll allow widespread throttling, blocking, censorship, and extra fees. On Wednesday, July 12th, we join with the Internet will come together to stop them. The new FCC is trying to roll back net neutrality. They have set July 17th as the first deadline to comment on their plan. If you believe,...
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Thankfully, the Massachusetts Senate hasn't yet buckled to the House's repeal and rewrite of Question 4 legalizing Cannabis and the legislature blew its self-imposed June 30th deadline for a ball. The Senate bills is much closer to what voters approved, so in this showdown, they don't have to concede to the House. The differences between the House bill and Question 4 include: sharply raise total pot taxes to a mandatory 28 percent, from a maximum of 12 percent in the ballot question; ...
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