Archive by month: November 2017

Our quartermaster, Joseph, has led the efforts to have us start a regular video segment. We are starting with one a month and want to expand them to once a week in the future. If you want to help out, you can start by reviewing the previous meeting notes. We meet the Sunday night at 7pm on our discord channel. You can also join our Activists email list if you want to discuss the videos outside of meetings.

 

On Nov. 18th we will participate with the Milford Democratic and Republican town committees to teach how town government works and how to run for local office. It will be at the Milford Public Library, 80 Spruce St, Milford from 1 to 4pm. We plan to have our own workshops around the state. The next one will be on Dec. 9th, noon-3pm, in the Conference Board Room, Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut St, Holyoke. The Boston area workshop will be in January and the Worcester workshop will be in Fe...
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Late last night the Massachusetts House voted down or had withdrawn the three amendments that would have expanded our wiretapping laws dramatically. Against pressure from the Governor, the AG, all the DAs' offices, and the police unions, we, the ACLU of Massachusetts, Restore the Fourth Massachusetts and other lovers of privacy again defeated the most serious threat to our privacy in years. Thanks to everyone who called and emailed their State Representatives urging them to reject these amendm...
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Now that the Massachusetts Senate has finished its omnibus criminal justice reform package, the Massachusetts House is working on its version (H. 4011). While we convinced the Senate to oppose the wiretap amendments, 22 to 14, now the House will have a go.  Three amendments (#53, #115 and #174) would give prosecutors unprecedented new powers to wiretap phone calls, emails, instant messaging services, and other electronic devices. However, these bills would also expand who could be wiretapped....
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Thanks to the folks who made the Boston Anarchist Bookfair possible this year whether the organizers, speakers, vendors or participants.  We look forward to the 2018 bookfair. A big thanks to the Steve, Ben, Matt and Andrew for answering questions at our table and for the great cryptoparty talk Steve and Ben put on.

 

In a first for us, on Nov. 18th we will be working with the Milford Democratic and Republican town committees to teach how town government works and how to run for local office. It will be at the Milford Public Library, 80 Spruce St, Milford from 1 to 4pm. We plan to have additional workshops around the state. The next one will be on Dec. 9th, noon-3pm, in the Conference Board Room, Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut St, Holyoke. The Boston area workshop will be in January and the Worcester...
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Yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee voted SESTA (S.1693) out of Committee. SESTA would partially repeal section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA230) in the case of sex trafficking. CDA230 is what prevents Internet service providers from being sued by what people post on their sites. SESTA would upend CDS230 by making sites liable for the what users post on them or how they use the service. It would allow sites to be sued or even face criminal charges for facilitating, a vague ...
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The Boston Anarchist Bookfair this weekend and we will be there. We will have a cryptotable both days and will be helping the Boston Cryptoparty folks with a Digital Security 101 Workshop on Saturday, 5-6:30pm on the Third floor in Room 322. Restore the Fourth has organized a talk on Saturday morning called Mass Surveillance: How Cops Spy On You And What You Can Do Talk. It will be 11am - 12:30pm on the Third floor in Room 321. The bookfair will be at the Boston University George Sherman U...
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The US Senate is working on S.1693 SESTA -- the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. This bill would repeal section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA230). CDA230 is the reason we have user shared content on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and many other sites. It is also what protects the comment sections of our site and all others on the Internet. CDA230 says that Internet sites are not legally liable for user posted content or comments. It does encourage sites to moderate themselves (and ...
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