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Monthly archive: August 2017

Submit your Net Neutrality comment to the FCC by midnight tonight

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You have until midnight tonight to tell the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to destroy net neutrality and the open Internet. The current FCC wants 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. 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. You can also use the FCC comment page directly. Enter 17-108 in the Proceeding(s) field. The FCC has received over 21.9 million filings, so if you haven’t submitted a comment in support of net neutrality and an open Internet, please do. 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 will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is … Read more

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Save the date: Freedom Rally is Sept. 15-17

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Freedom Rally is September 15-17, and we will have a table there. This is an important event for civil liberties, and for ending the war on drugs.  It’s also really festive, and a great opportunity for outreach. We are changing how we approach Freedom Rally and our space will be used as an outdoor cryptoparty. We are looking for volunteers, particularly for pirates willing to show people how to protect their privacy on-line. We plan to have power and a network. The hours are noon to 8pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Contact us if you can help out.

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Wednesday, Somerville Cryptoparty

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The monthly Somerville Cryptoparty is this Wednesday, the 30th, from 6pm-9pm. It will be at Sprout & Co, 339R Summer St, Somerville. The closest MBTA stop is Davis Sq. The building is in the rear of the driveway. To find out about upcoming cryptoparties, visit https://www.cryptoparty.in/boston. If you want to help, share ideas or ask advice, please sign up to the cryptoparty mailing list.

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Thanks for the picnic and treasure hunt

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A big thanks to everyone who attended our pirate picnic and surveillance camera treasure hunt in downtown Boston, especially to Joe, Sam, Steve and Matt for providing such tasty food.             The picnic went well and the Boston Pirates made a tasty pie:                 Eight people went out in three teams to map surveillance cameras. Here are some of the cameras we mapped from cctv.masspirates.org: Our paper mapping technique using Field Papers worked well enough. We are looking at how to make the mapping cameras easier, especially on Android phones. Contact us if you want to help write custom Android or iOS camera mapping applications.

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Find all of downtown Boston’s surveillance cameras this Saturday

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This Saturday, the 26th, we are going to map all of the CCTV surveillance cameras in downtown Boston. We will start at 11am and meet next to the Brewer Fountain on Boston Common between the Fountain and the State House and the 54th Regiment Memorial. It is very close to the Park Street MBTA stop. We hope you will join us then for a fun time talking with other anti-surveillance activists and identifying where the downtown Boston’s surveillance cameras are. The schedule is: 11am-noon: food and training; noon-2:00pm: map cameras; 2:00pm-3:00pm: 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 26th!

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This Saturday we stand for liberation

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We are horrified and saddened by the attacks on nonviolent protesters in Charlottesville. The videos of white supremacist marchers attacking protesters who engaged in nonviolent civil disobedience or beat innocent protesters are horrible and show how bankrupt their ideas are. James Alex Fields Jr.’s car attack on peaceful protesters which resulted in the death of Heather Heyer and the injury of over 19 others is particularly appalling. We stand with those who oppose white supremacy. Pirates believe that we are stronger as a country when everyone is liberated to be the best person they can be. Pirates support the struggle for justice for people of color, feminism and the LGBTQ+ community. Diversity has made the United States a better country and we must not lose that. But much remains to be done, and we cannot forget that the United States was built on slavery and the subjugation of the native peoples of North America. Pirates also cherish our First Amendment to the constitution and the rights that it entails. Everyone has a fundamental right to free speech and the best way to counter the ideas you oppose is to speak for the ideas you support. If we allow governments to pick and choose which speech is acceptable or where and when people can speak, everyone loses. We shouldn’t justify cities denying white supremacists permits because they denied permits to the Occupy encampment in Boston or created free speech zones for leftist opponents to the closed 2000 Presidential debate at UMass Boston. Private companies have the right to monitor speech on their platforms and we encourage them to support tools that allow individuals to counter harassment. Freedom of speech includes freedom to choose what speech you personally want to hear. However, with so much of what we know and can find … Read more

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Surveillance Camera Mapping Picnic moved to August 26th

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In light of the horrific events in Charlottesville and the upcoming rallies on Boston Common, we are moving our surveillance camera mapping picnic to Saturday, August 26th. We hope you all will join us then for a fun time talking with other Pirates and identifying where the downtown Boston’s surveillance cameras are. We will meet near the Visitor Center on Boston Common (139 Tremont St) starting at 11am. The schedule is: 11am-noon: food and training; noon-2:00pm: map cameras; 2:00pm-3:00pm: 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 26th!

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