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Monthly archive: March 2018

The Senate votes to censor the net

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Recently, the US House approved the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The Senate’s cloture vote passed overwhelmingly Monday with only Wyden and Paul voting against it. Like SESTA, FOSTA would censor any site that allows user supported content without actually hindering sex trafficking. The Senate will resume consideration of FOSTA at 11am Wednesday, the 21st. Now would be a good time to call Senator Warren at (202) 224-4543 and Senator Markey at (202) 224-2742 and tell them how this bill will lead to more censorship of online discussion, favor large companies and won’t hinder sex trafficking. Please share our blog version of this message with friends and family. Should this bill pass, the copyright monopolists will be much closer to achieving their goal of mandatory filtering of all content on the Internet. We know some want the US to follow China (and the UK) and setup our own Great Censorwall. If that happens, we will work to make sure copyright monopolists don’t get their wish and to roll this bill back, like the Massachusetts tech tax repeal.

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Worcester Cryptoparty Tuesday

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We are helping with a cryptoparty in Worcester 5:30-7pm on Tuesday, March 6th in the Saxe Room at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem St. On Saturday, March 17th, we are running a cryptoparty at the Boston Socialist Unity Project conference. 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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Tomorrow: 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 tomorrow, March 3rd, 11am-2pm. It is at 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 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

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