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Monthly archive: August 2018

NAFTA 2.0 means we need our own #SaveYourInternet campaign

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Sunday EU Pirates and other EU residents demonstrated for the #SaveYourInternet campaign opposing the European Parliament’s upcoming vote to impose copyright upload filters and a link tax. Monday Trump announced a new NAFTA treaty that would establish a notice-and-takedown system for copyright safe harbors for Internet service providers (ISPs). Unfortunately, we don’t know the details yet, but it looks like the US needs its own #SaveYourInternet campaign. What we do know is that update filters are censorship machines and if these bills pass, the damage to freedom of speech in the EU (and potentially elsewhere) will be immense. The EU vote is currently scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th. There are two ways we can help our fellow pirates in the EU: Please tell any family, friends or co-workers who live in the EU about this bill and urge them to contact their MEP via the tools at saveyourinternet.eu. Follow Pirate MEP Julia Reda’s suggestion and post a selfie to show you’re #1of1million who support the #SaveYourInternet campaign: Our 9/29 party conference is coming up and registration is open.  We will be at Freedom Rally table and want your help.

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IRC meetings moving to Wednesday nights

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Our weekly planning meetings are moving to Wednesdays. The next one will be this Wednesday, August 29th 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.html.

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Party Conference is September 29th

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Our annual party conference will be Saturday, September 29th at the Community Church of Boston.  The conference will focus on planning, expanding our platform and organizing how-tos. We will have time for lightning talks and possibly a small number of panels. Formal sessions will start at 10am and end at 6pm. We plan to video stream the conference. The Community Church is in Copley Square at 565 Boylston St #2, Boston. It is easily accessible by public transit. Registration is $10. Youth under 18 and anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident are free. You can pay in advance or just tell us you will attend if you prefer to pay at the door, are not a citizen or permanent resident or are under 18. If you are interested in presenting or participating in a panel, please tell us by September 15th. If you want to organize a panel discussion, please provide the contact information for other speakers who you want to speak with you or have agreed up to speak with you. Conference details and updates will be up at the Party Conference page.

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Join us at Freedom Rally 2018

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We will be at Freedom Rally, September 14-16, and we want your help. This year our space will be used as an outdoor cryptoparty, live streaming site and hopefully a mesh network (with our friends as massmesh.org). We are looking for volunteers, particularly for pirates willing to show people how to protect their privacy on-line. Any time you can give would be appreciated. Freedom Rally 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. Sign up if you can help out. Thanks!

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Today 8/13: Turn out and testify on surveillance oversight

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From our friends over at Digital Fourth Massachusetts. Alex Marthews of Restore The Fourth will be there. Come out tonight! What: Cambridge City Council hearing on the surveillance oversight ordinance When: Monday August 13th, 5:30pm Where: City Hall, 2nd Floor Sullivan Chamber, 795 Mass Ave, Cambridge Hello everyone, On Monday August 13th at 5:30pm, the Cambridge City Council will be holding an ordinance committee hearing to discuss a new draft of the surveillance oversight ordinance that we and the ACLU have been pushing forward for a long time. We’ve gotten a lot of good improvements into the proposed ordinance, but there are still areas that need work in order to properly protect Cambridge residents from secret surveillance by police. In particular: The current draft of the ordinance still gives the unelected City Manager too much control over whether a given technology falls under the scope of the ordinance, and whether the council should be able to approve/deny a given surveillance tool. As residents, we endorse the perspective that elected officials, not city staff, should have the final say over what surveillance gets deployed in our communities, or whether the ordinance gets triggered in the first place. The current draft says that police should draft a use policy for proposed new surveillance technology “if necessary”. We believe that a proposed deployment of a surveillance technology should always be accompanied by a use policy. It can be a simple policy, if the technology is simple. But forcing the creation of a policy, forces staff to think about data use and access and sharing and retention and destruction issues. The current draft includes language suggesting that the people’s right to privacy should be balanced against the investigative and prosecutorial functions of the police in the determination of whether to approve a new surveillance … Read more

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  1. Go to https://webchat.pirateirc.net/
  2. 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
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