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Monthly archive: February 2018

Somerville Cryptoparty Tomorrow

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The Somerville Cryptoparty is tomorrow, February 28th. It will focus on digital security and is a good introduction to the topic. It will be at the Sprouts, 339R Summer St. an easy walk from Davis Sq., Somerville. It goes from 6pm to 9pm and is in the garage in the back. The Somerville Cryptoparty is always the last Wednesday of every month. We are also holding two additional cryptoparties in March. One will be 5:30-7pm on Tuesday, March 6th in the Saxe Room at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem St. The other will be at the Boston Socialist Unity Project conference on March 17th. If you want to help with future cryptoparties or just ask questions about how you can protect your privacy, join the cryptoparty mailing list.

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3/3, Candidate Workshop, Somerville

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2018 is here and with that comes town, state, and federal elections. Massachusetts elections are often uncontested. About 60% of state legislators do not have a single opponent. You can change that and it doesn’t take a fortune to run, you don’t need an army of volunteers, and the work you do can make a real difference in your community! We have a candidate workshop coming up in Somerville on Saturday, March 3rd, 11am-2pm. It is at the Auditorium on the first floor of the Somerville Public Library at 79 Highland Ave. The library is wheelchair accessible. Please register. You can share the full event listing with your friends or the Facebook event. Our candidate workshop focuses on what you need to do to be successful, whether you win or not.  We’ll explain how to run small but effective campaigns, logistics (filing paperwork and gathering signatures), and what happens after you’ve won the election. Our workshop is open to everyone, regardless of party affiliation. People who’ve served in local office are also encouraged to attend.  We hope you’ll share your experiences, and the things you learned while running. We may have additional workshops in 2018. If you can help organize one in your community, email us at info@masspirates.org.

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Candidate Workshops: Worcester Saturday and Somerville 3/3

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2018 is here and with that comes town, state, and federal elections. Massachusetts elections are often uncontested. About 60% of state legislators do not have a single opponent. You can change that and it doesn’t take a fortune to run, you don’t need an army of volunteers, and the work you do can make a real difference in your community! We have two workshops coming up: Tomorrow, February 24th, 2-4pm. It is in the Banx Room at the Worcester Public Library at 3 Salem St., Worcester. The library is wheelchair accessible. Please register. You can share the full event listing with your friends or the Facebook event. Saturday, March 3rd, 11am-2pm. It is in the Auditorium on the first floor of the Somerville Public Library at 79 Highland Ave., Somerville. The library is wheelchair accessible. Please register. You can share the full event listing with your friends or the Facebook event. Our candidate workshops focus on what you need to do to be successful, whether you win or not.  We’ll explain how to run small but effective campaigns, logistics (filing paperwork and gathering signatures), and what happens after you’ve won the election. These workshops are open to everyone, regardless of party affiliation. People who’ve served in local office are also encouraged to attend.  We hope you’ll share your experiences, and the things you learned while running. We may have additional workshops in 2018. If you can help organize one in your community, email us at info@masspirates.org.

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Monday, Help Rein In MA Fusion Centers

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On Monday, February 26th, we will join Digital Fourth volunteers in advocating for Senate President Harriette Chandler’s “Fundamental Freedoms Act“, which prohibits police registries on the basis of religion, and also would implement transparency and accountability reforms for Massachusetts’ three fusion centers*. If you’d like to come, meet us at the Hooker Entrance to the State House, under the statue, at 10:30am. Fusion centers are part of the post-9/11 surveillance system setup by local, state and federal police. The Boston Police’s plan to spend $1.4 million on high-tech social media surveillance software would have enhanced the Boston Fusion Centers social media surveillance capabilities. The Boston Fusion Center was at the center of police surveillance of the Occupy Boston protest and at many political protests. Additionally, all of the information that the NSA is unconstitutionally collecting on you: your emails, phone metadata, search history, Facebook posts and messages, and more are being shared with local law enforcement. From what Digital Fourth has been able to determine, no external body ever evaluates the accuracy or appropriateness of the data the fusion centers hold. While it doesn’t go as far as we want, the Fundamental Freedoms Act would help to rein in fusion center surveillance. If you’re able to attend, email digitalfourth@protonmail.com with your name and state senator or physical address; if you are willing to use Google Forms, you can submit that information here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pOPnpohttReUH85rrmqcyHRgr9O_LU7fL_Hbl4m7__g. For more background on the fusion center issue and the bill, this Digital Fourth article provides an introduction. * The Commonwealth Fusion Center in Maynard, run out of the State Police; the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, run out of the Boston PD; and the new “State Watch Center” in Framingham).

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Somerville Cryptoparty in 7 days

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The Somerville Cryptoparty is a week away on February 28th. It will focus on digital security and is a good introduction to the topic. It will be at the Sprouts, 339R Summer St. an easy walk from Davis Sq., Somerville. It goes from 6pm to 9pm and is in the garage in the back. The Somerville Cryptoparty is always the last Wednesday of every month. We are also holding two additional cryptoparties in March. One will be 5:30-7pm on Tuesday, March 6th in the Saxe Room at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem St. The other will be at the Boston Socialist Unity Project conference on March 17th. If you want to help with future cryptoparties or just ask questions about how you can protect your privacy, join the cryptoparty mailing list.

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Candidate Workshops: Worcester 2/24 and Somerville 3/3

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2018 is here and with that comes town, state, and federal elections. Massachusetts elections are often uncontested. About 60% of state legislators do not have a single opponent. You can change that and it doesn’t take a fortune to run, you don’t need an army of volunteers, and the work you do can make a real difference in your community! Our candidate workshops focus on what you need to do to be successful, whether you win or not.  We’ll explain how to run small but effective campaigns, logistics (filing paperwork and gathering signatures), and what happens after you’ve won the election. We have two workshops coming up: Worcester: Saturday, February 24th, 2-4pm. It is in the Banx Room at the Worcester Public Library at 3 Salem St.. The library is wheelchair accessible. Please register. You can share the full event listing with your friends or the Facebook event. Somerville: Saturday, March 3rd, 11am-2pm. It is in the Auditorium on the first floor of the Somerville Public Library at 79 Highland Ave. The library is wheelchair accessible. Please register. You can share the full event listing with your friends or the Facebook event. These workshops are open to everyone, regardless of party affiliation. People who’ve served in local office are also encouraged to attend.  We hope you’ll share your experiences, and the things you learned while running. We may have additional workshops in 2018. If you can help organize one in your community, email us at info@masspirates.org.

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Upcoming Cryptoparties

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The Somerville Cryptoparty is the last Wednesday of every month and will take place in February and March at The Sprouts, 339 Summer St., Somerville. The February cryptoparty will focus on digital security 101. We are also looking at holding two additional cryptoparties in March. One will be in Worcester and the other will be at the Boston Socialist Unity Project conference on 3/17. If you want to help with future cryptoparties or just ask questions about how you can protect your privacy, join the cryptoparty mailing list.

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Candidate Workshop, February 24th

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2018 is here and with that comes town, state, and federal elections. Massachusetts elections are often uncontested. About 60% of state legislators do not have a single opponent. You can change that and it doesn’t take a fortune to run, you don’t need an army of volunteers, and the work you do can make a real difference in your community! Our candidate workshop focuses on what you need to do to be successful, whether you win or not.  We’ll explain how to run small but effective campaigns, logistics (filing paperwork and gathering signatures), and what happens after you’ve won the election. Our workshop will be Saturday, February 24th. It will be in the Banx Room at the Worcester Public Library at 3 Salem St. Worcester from 2pm to 4pm. The library is wheelchair accessible. Please tell us you plan to attend or share the full event listing with your friends. This workshop is open to everyone, regardless of party affiliation. People who’ve served in local office are also encouraged to attend.  We hope you’ll share your experiences, and the things you learned while running. We do plan to have additional workshops in 2018. If you can help organize one in your community, email us at info@masspirates.org.

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Saturday, Community Meshnet Workshop

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Concerned about Net Neutrality? Don’t want ISPs selling who you communicate with to the highest bidder? Want an ISP that meets your needs? Then come to the Community Meshnet Workshop this Saturday, February 10th, from 1-4pm at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave, Somerville.  Community mesh networks such as NYC Mesh, Guifi.net in Spain and Freifunk in Germany have already shown that community ISPs work. We would appreciate it if you downloaded and put up this flyer for the February workshop that the Somerville Cryptoparty put together. You can also share the Somerville Cryptoparty page or the February Facebook event. The Somerville Public Library is wheelchair accessible. Hope you can make it and please spread the word about this event. Thanks! Other helpful resources: NYC Mesh Net’s How to start a community network Start Your Own ISP

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