Monthly archive: June 2018
The next Mass. Pirate Party weekly planning meeting will be Tuesday July 10th at 9pm, Eastern time. Our agendas are posted before the meeting. To join: Go to https://webchat.pirateirc.net/ Fill out the web form with the Nickname of your choice and enter #masspirates in the Channel box next to it, then click the Connect button Start typing and reading You can also connect via your IRC client at one of the servers listed at http://pirateirc.net/servers.published under Main Topic, Organizing | Comments Off on No IRC meetings until the 10th
June 26, 2018
Julia Reda, Pirate Party MEP for Germany, has sounded the alarm about Articles 11 and 13 of the EU’s Copyright Directive that passed a committee vote. The vote in the EU parliament is expected in early July. If it passes, the EU will take a big step toward censoring the Internet on behalf of the copyright monopolists and give plenty of authoritarian governments justification to censor the Internet. Tanzania’s blogger tax went into effect, Russia has been doing it and China has perfected it. The US has taken the first steps towards it with FOSTA where the DOJ views FOSTA as a way to take down sites and not find sex traffickers even if it hinders police efforts to stop sex traffickers. It will also end up helping large incumbent corporations like Facebook and Google at the expense of small companies who do not have the money to build monitoring systems. Please tell any family, friends or co-workers who vote in the EU about this bill. If this bill passes, the damage to freedom of speech in the EU will be immense. They can use any one of the following free tools to call your MEP right now. It’s their job to represent you, and it’s more effective than you think! Here’s a guide to help you with what to say. Save Your Internet by the Copyright4Creativity alliance Change Copyright by Mozilla, the makers of Firefox Save The Link by the NGO OpenMedia There is a list of upcoming protests they can attend as well.published under Copyright, Freedom of Speech, Main Topic | Comments Off on Help Stop the EU’s Link Tax and Internet Censorship Bill!
June 13, 2018
Julia Reda, Pirate Party MEP for Germany, drew our attention to the upcoming European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee vote on June 20th on Article 13 of the EU’s Copyright Directive. If passed, it will impose a link tax and setup a copyright censorship system. By adopting such a system, the EU will embolden every authoritarian government to expand Internet censorship, aid the copyright maximalists attempt to lock down our culture and end up helping large incumbent corporations like Facebook and Google at the expense of small companies. Please read her post below and share it with any EU residents you know. Thanks! With two weeks to go until the crucial vote in the European Parliament, more and more people are becoming aware of the looming plans for “censorship machines” and a “link tax” in the EU. (Catch up on these plans here.) People are realising: Our freedom to upload media and share links, and thus to express ourselves online, is under threat.Tweet this! Article 13 of the Copyright Directive will force internet platforms (social networks, video sites, image hosts, etc.) to install upload filters to monitor all user uploads for copyrighted content, including in images – and thus block most memes, which are usually based on copyrighted images. Every vote counts It currently looks like there is a razor-thin majority in favor of Article 13. The negotiators for the EPP (conservatives), ALDE (liberals), ECR (eurosceptic conservatives) and ENF(anti-EU far right) in the Legal Affairs Committee recently expressed their support for the latest version of Article 13. Together, these groups have 13 votes on the Legal Affairs Committee – one more than the opposition: Share this image! Licence: Public domain It will come down to every single vote. Our mission until June 20: Make it clear to at least one MEP who’s currently undecided or in favour that their constituents want them to reject these plans. … Read morepublished under Copyright, Main Topic | Comments Off on Stop the EU’s Link Tax and Internet Censorship Bill!
June 12, 2018
The FCC’s rules change eliminating Net Neutrality went into effect yesterday. Captain James, Quartermaster Joseph and Activism Director Sam discuss the fight for Net Neutrality in our latest Pirate News. The Senate voted to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to have Congress to overrule the FCC. The House has not yet voted. To urge your House Representative vote for it, go to https://www.battleforthenet.com/. Should that effort fail, there are two other approaches: creating a local alternative and changing state laws. The Massachusetts Mesh Network is starting a community internet service provider (ISP) that cares about Net Neutrality and your privacy. They hold weekly tech meetups every Tuesday, 7-9pm at Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk St, Cambridge. If you want to help out, please join the firstname.lastname@example.org discussion list. You can sign up at https://lists.riseup.net/www/info/massmeshnet. You can find them at https://massmesh.org/. States are attempting to restore Net Neutrality locally. Washington state is the first, but other states are also passing laws. In Massachusetts there are a number of bills: Special Senate Committee on Net Neutrality and Consumer Protection (S2263) – Approved 39 to 0 An Act relative to providing for net neutrality and consumer protection (H4222) An Act Net Neutrality and Consumer Protection: A Commonwealth Concern (S2376) Do these bills go far enough? Tells us what you think in the comments below.published under Main Topic, Net Neutrality, Privacy | Comments Off on Net Neutrality is dead. Long live Net Neutrality
June 7, 2018
We are preparing for our yearly party conference and want your input on how we should structure the next conference, when and where it should be, etc. Please fill out our survey by Wednesday, June 13th. Thanks!published under Main Topic, PirateCon | Comments Off on Party conference survey closes June 13th
June 7, 2018
This week is Boston Pride Week. We want to congratulate everyone organizing, participating in and attending it! Due to other activities our activists are involved with, we will not be marching in the Boston Pride Parade on Saturday. We wish everyone who is marching in it wonderful weather, exuberant crowds and a Happy Pride!published under Civil Liberties, Freedom of Speech, Main Topic | Comments Off on Happy Pride!