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Monthly archive: July 2017

August 19th: Surveillance Camera Mapping Picnic

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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 cameras using Open Street Map (OSM) software on your smart phone or on a paper map for later entry into OSM. We have tested some mobile phone OSM software and will provide How To guides. If you want to help with testing the apps or writing the How To guides, please contact us. We setup a PiratePad to share what people are bringing for food, drinks and other items. If you can bring things or help out, please update it with what you can do. We plan to have these events in other cities before the Winter comes, so contact us if you want to set one up in your community. To find out where people have mapped cameras so far, check out cctv.masspirates.org. Looking forward to seeing you on the 19th!

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Thursday: Fixit Clinic, Jamaica Plain Public Library (Boston)

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From our Boston Organizer, Matt Fealy. Contact him at noophilic@gmail.com, if you can help organize a Boston Pirate Party chapter. 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, fabric items, etc.– for assessment, disassembly, and possible repair. We’ll provide workspace, specialty tools, and guidance to help you disassemble and troubleshoot your item. Whether you fix it or not, you’ll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked, ready to share your new-found confidence and insight with your friends, neighbors, and the community at large. First-time Fixit Coaches always welcome; sign up here:http://goo.gl/kwVNlv What: Fixit Clinic CCXIX (219) Jamaica Plain Library When: Thursday, July 27 5:30PM-7:30PM Where: Jamaica Plain Library, 30 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 How: Register at http://goo.gl/qTzh9J

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Help find where in downtown Boston we are recorded least

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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, but much of downtown Boston remains unexplored. This August, we aim to have a fun time fixing that. We need to know just how much we are under surveillance in public spaces. Help pick the date for this outing. Please submit your vote by noon tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18th. On the day, we will meet for lunch on Boston Common, then go out and map surveillance cameras. We will show you how to map cameras using Open Street Map software on your smart phone or on a paper map for later data entry. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Information Security and Organizing Training, Thursday, July 20, Boston

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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 live under. Bring your questions, laptops, phones and devices and together we will help set you up with various tools to encrypt your communication an be anonymous on the internet. Topics we can cover: PGP email encryption, Tor browser, Tails, secure text messaging/ chats/ video calls, key signing, mesh networking, how to install linux onto your computer… and more! They’ll have refreshments at 6:30PM. Bring yourself + a friend and questions about “what do I download?” and “what’s a public key?” Join us, learn stuff, and next time, you can be a “crypto angel” by teaching a new person something too. When: July 20, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00PM Where: Encuentro 5, 9 Hamilton Pl Suite 2a, Boston, MA 02108 Register or learn more: bostonsocialistunity.org & cryptoparty.in/boston Registration Fee:$10 (optional). No one turned away for lack of funds.

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Pick the date for the next Pirate outing

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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 and Somerville, but much of downtown Boston remains unexplored. This August, we aim to have a fun time fixing that. We need to know just how much we are under surveillance in public spaces. Help pick the date for this outing. Please submit your vote by noon on Tuesday, July 18th. On the day, we will meet for lunch on Boston Common, then go out and map surveillance cameras. We will show you how to map cameras using Open Street Map software on your smart phone or on a paper map for later data entry. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Keep the legislature from harming voter-approved Cannabis legalization

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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 is urging voters to support the Senate Bill. The legislature is back in session Wednesday. Please find your House and Senate legislators’ contact info and give them a call to urge them to pressure the conference committee to adopt the Senate’s Bill, or better, leave the text of Question 4 alone.  Here is how the House voted:

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Challenge NAFTA in RI on Friday

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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 wear a Pirate Party shirt if you have one. They will be rallying at the corner of Sabin Street and Mathewson Street, across from the entrance to the Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin St., Providence, RI 02903. Due to heightened security they recommend arriving early, and taking a train. If you are traveling from Boston, there is a purple line train leaving South Station at 10:25 and 11:25.

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Thanks to Everyone who came out to the Day Against DRM

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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.

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Speak up for Net Neutrality and the Open Internet Today!

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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, as we do, that corporations should not be able to slow down or block websites, raise fees so some users can pay to get faster access, or allow their own services access to such fast lanes, then please speak in defense of net neutrality. Fight for the Future has setup an easy form for you to submit your comment. We need your help to deluge the FCC with comments in support of net neutrality and an open Internet. Please submit a comment. Ultimately, this fight needs Pirates in office to win an open Internet once and for all. Please volunteer with us, donate, start a local chapter or run for office. Thanks! WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY? Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet. “Title II” of the Communications Act is what provides the legal foundation for net neutrality and prevents Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down and blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience (which they then pass along to consumers.) WHY IS NET NEUTRALITY IMPORTANT? The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality. It’s what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas. Without net neutrality, the Internet … Read more

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Still time to stop the Mass. House from harming voter-approved Cannabis legalization

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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; give municipal officials, instead of local voters, the power to ban cannabis shops and farms from their communities. MassCANN/NORML is urging voters to support the Senate Bill. The legislature is back in session Wednesday. Please find your House legislator’s contact info and give them a call to urge them to pressure the conference committee to adopt the Senate’s Bill, or better, leave the text of Question 4 alone.  Here is how the House voted:

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