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Monthly archive: September 2018

Party Conference this Saturday

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Our annual party conference, is this 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 conference schedule is: Schedule Time Session 9:00am-10:00am Breakfast, Meet & Greet 10:00am-11:00am Year in review / where we stand as a party 11:00am-noon Platform Discussion noon-1:00pm Lunch / Key Signing / Crypto Questions 1:00pm-1:30pm Sex Worker Rights Presentation 1:30pm-2:30pm Platform Discussion 2:30pm-3:30pm Running for office / Local Organizing 3:30pm-4:30pm Lightning Talks 4:30pm-4:45pm Other ways to serve 4:45pm-5:00pm Mass Mesh Net Progress 5:00pm-6:00pm What to focus on going forward? The Community Church is in Copley Square at 565 Boylston St #2, Boston. It is easily accessible by public transit. Parking in Boston can be expensive so your best bet is to park at one lots at the end of the MBTA and take the train in. We are a quick walk from the Copley Square Green Line stop. Registration is $10. Youth under 18 and anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident are free. You can pay in advance (updated link) 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. Conference details and updates are up at the Party Conference page.

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Pirate News: EU Update – Censorship Machines and the Link Tax

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In the latest Pirate News, we discussed the EU vote to impose an upload filter and link tax. We also discuss Saturday’s Party Conference.

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Party Conference a Week Away

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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 conference schedule is: Time Event 9:00am-10:00am Breakfast, Meet & Greet 10:00am-11:00am Year in review / where we stand as a party 11:00am-noon Platform Discussion noon-1:00pm Lunch / Key Signing / Crypto Questions 1:00pm-1:30pm Sex Worker Rights Presentation 1:30pm-2:30pm Platform Discussion 2:30pm-3:30pm Running for office / Local Organizing 3:30pm-4:30pm Lightning Talks 4:30pm-4:45pm Other ways to serve 4:45pm-5:00pm Mass Mesh Net Progress 5:00pm-6:00pm What to focus on going forward? The Community Church is in Copley Square at 565 Boylston St #2, Boston. It is easily accessible by public transit. Parking in Boston can be expensive so your best bet is to park at one lots at the end of the MBTA and take the train in. We are a quick walk from the Copley Square Green Line stop. Registration is $10. Youth under 18 and anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident are free. You can pay in advance (updated link) 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. Conference details and updates are up at the Party Conference page.

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Mass Mesh Network Moves Forward

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The Mass Mesh Net folks have come down from their euphoria at what a success the Freedom Rally network was.  Pirate Will, Stephen and Pirate Peter put in so much time to keep the network humming along and tell people about what MassMesh and the Pirate Party are doing.  Thanks to Molly from the FSF for coming by with some Day Against DRM flyers. Mass Mesh didn’t log regular network statistics (that is something they plan to improve on), but it looks like they had hundreds of people use the network over the two days it was up. The network saw speeds of 6-8 Mb/sec on Saturday and 30-36 Mb/sec on Sunday after Will and Stephen better aligned the dish to the Internet.  They got connectivity on the hill overlooking the rally and even as far as the 7-Eleven outside Boston Common.  Freedom Rally was a great test of the software and hardware they are using to bring free WiFi access to communities across Massachusetts. There are left over flyers. Email info@masspirates.org and we will mail some to spread around your neighborhood. The Mass. Mesh Net weekly tech meetups are every Tuesday, 7-9pm generally (though not this upcoming Tuesday) at Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk St, Cambridge. You can find them at https://massmesh.org/.

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Party Conference is in Two Weeks

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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 (updated link) 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 this Saturday, 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 this weekend

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We will be at Freedom Rally this weekend, and we want your help. This year our space will be used to tell people about why we need to get rid of Digital Rights Management (DRM) locks, 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. Its also really festive, and a great opportunity for outreach. Sign up if you can help out. Thanks!

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The copyright censors won in the EU. But the fight continues

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Today the European Parliament voted for the Link Tax 393 to 279 and for Upload Filters 366 to 297.   Additionally, in the EU, no one but the organizer of a sports event will have the right to make available (publish, share, present), reproduce or record it. Thank you for reaching out to your family and friends to try to stop these bills from becoming law. The copyright censors won this battle and, based on a very recent proposal by the European Commission to require that web sites monitor their comments to remove any terrorist speech, EU elites are already planning to expand on their censorship tools.  Julia Reda, Pirate Party MEP, points out that there will be another vote in the Spring and that this particular fight isn’t over yet. The US has its own efforts to censor free speech whether the passage of FOSTA or NAFTA 2.0’s ISP upload filters. Censorship is on the march and we need your help to fight it. Here are four ways you can help support human rights and freedom of expression: This weekend, help us at Freedom Rally to tell people about the Pirate Party, how Mesh Networks will help free speech and why Digital Rights Management software harms our freedoms; This Sunday, join us to rally to uphold transgender rights and support the YES on 3 campaign; Register for our party conference on September 29th and help chart our course in the fight against censorship and for freedom of expression and human rights; Join our Wednesday 9pm planning meetings and take on one of these many tasks we have. To join go to https://webchat.pirateirc.net/ and enter a nickname and #masspirates for the channel. You can also connect via your IRC client at one of the servers listed at http://pirateirc.net/servers. Thanks!

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Two more days to stop the EU censorship machines

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It is crunch time in the fight for free speech and against censorship.  In two days, on the 12th, the European Parliament will vote whether to impose copyright upload filters, which are censorship machines and a tax on links. If these bills pass, the damage to freedom of speech in the EU (and potentially elsewhere) will be immense. 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: We will table at Freedom Rally this weekend and want your help.  Our 9/29 party conference is coming up and registration is open.

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