Archive by month: July 2019

At the pirate planning picnic, Quartermaster Joe, Captain James, Swarmwise Director Christine and First Officer Steve talked about what democracy means to pirates and why we focus on it. We also talked about upcoming events and our weekly IRC meetings every Wednesday, 9-10pm. Sorry for the audio. We are working to improve it for the next gathering. If you want to help produce these videos, please email us.

 

ICE and the FBI are using state drivers license photos for facial recognition searches. A CBP vendor was hacked which exposed thousands of license plates and car passenger photos. Amazon keeps all Alexa voice recordings forever and they could be acquired by the government for a price. The use of facial and biometric recognition tech is out of control, but we have an opportunity to stop Massachusetts state and local governments from using it.  We need your help to get the ...
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A bill we support and helped H. 2119, is up for a hearing on Beacon Hill at 9am Thursday, July 11th, before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. This bill would require approval by municipal elected officials before local law enforcement acquires "aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles, armored vehicles, bayonets, bombs, directed-energy weapons, grenade launchers, international mobile subscriber identity catchers", also known as stingrays, "launch vehicles, mines, m...
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From Chris Faraone and Jason Pramas of Dig Boston/Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism: There is a second hearing on the journalism commission bill this Wednesday, July 10 at 2pm at the State House in Hearing Room B1, and we encourage readers as well as media makers of all types to attend and/or testify themselves. You can also submit remotely (info below). The bill is An Act Establishing a Commission to Study Journalism in Underserved Communities (S.80/H.181, https://malegisl...
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Our next tech meeting is this Saturday, July 13th from 11am to 1pm. It will be in Arlington. Email us for the location and directions. If you are interested in helping, you can also join our mailing Democracy and Dogfood (Tech) committee email list at https://lists.mayfirst.org/mailman/listinfo/democracy_masspirates.org.

 

The next Mass. Mesh Net weekly tech meetup is this Tuesday, 7-9pm. It will be at Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk St, Cambridge. Enter via the entrance in the back. Call 617-642-7513 to be let in since Industry Lab locks the door at night. You can find them at https://massmesh.org/ including instructions for how to setup a mesh router. They have four different off the shelf types you can purchase and setup at their wiki.

 
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