Archive by month: May 2020

The EARN IT Act would gut Communications Decency Act Section 230, which protects free speech online. Section 230 requires you be held responsible for what you say, not the website or platform where you said it. As more and more speech is corralled into the tech giants walled gardens, it ensures that we have the freedom to express ourselves. As the EFF notes: "EARN IT would establish a “National Commission on Online Child Exploitation Prevention.” This Commission would include the Chairman...
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Pirates Joe, Steve and James talk about the latest current events including Arlington's efforts to run its upcoming election by mail in ballot, PATRIOT Act renewal and Massachusetts' phased reopening from the COVID-19 less than lockdown. Digitally sign to get the Ranked Choice Voting initiative on the November ballot Donate your used computer Donate to your local food bank

 

Volunteers from Voter Choice for Massachusetts, the Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) campaign, made history last fall when they submitted 111,000 certified signatures to the Secretary of the Commonwealth; the most ever by a Massachusetts ballot initiative campaign. The Massachusetts Pirate Party supports RCV and we are proud to be part of this historic effort to give a stronger voice and more choice to voters. Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) allows voters to rank the candidates on the ballot by order o...
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Updated with the name of the amendment. Thanks Restore the Fourth! The PATRIOT Act renewal passed in the Senate. It is heading back to the House for another vote since it was amended to add a degree of independent oversight to the FISA court. The original House bill included some reforms, including forbidding the warrantless collection of Americans’ phone records and cell tower or GPS location data. Unfortunately, the Wyden amendment to forbid the collecting of internet website browsing a...
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Pirates Joe, Malt, Steve and James discuss discuss: Huawei and US-China trade; Getting Voter Choice MA's Ranked Choice Voting ballot initiative on the November ballot. Sign the RCV ballot initiative; Donating computers to give them a second life. Help us!; Reopening Massachusetts during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 

We are looking for computers people are willing to donate so we can get them to people stuck at home, especially families with kids in school. If you can donate, please fill out our form and we will arrange safe pickup. We will wipe any remaining data from the machine, then install a clean and current OS. Machines will come complete with an open source/free software internet browser, productivity suite, and antivirus. We are working with mutual aid groups and charities around the state. W...
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The PATRIOT Act, that abomination to our 4th Amendment right to privacy, is yet again up for renewal in H.R. 6172, which passed in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Senators Daines (R-CO), Leahy (D-VT), Lee (R-UT), Paul (R-KY) and Wyden (D-OR) have put forward three amendments to reform it. Should these amendments pass unchanged, journalists, political and religious organizations would have a voice when the rubber stamp Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court reviews...
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Massachusetts Pirates Joe, Steve and James talk about the latest news of interest to Pirates including: Cape Cod Field Hospital Closes Without Seeing Any Coronavirus Patients The EARN IT Act Violates the Constitution US public health officials on apps: "Meh" Can We Track COVID-19 and Protect Privacy at the Same Time? This Script Sends Junk Data to Ohio’s Website for Snitching on Workers Ohio Covid 19 Toolkit

 

The Swedish Pirate Party's Pirat-TV program interviews Mikuláš Peksa, MEP for the Pirate Party of the Czech Republic. They discuss the EU and COVID-19. He is interviewed by Otto Larsson and Christian von Heland. The interview is in English.

 

As the pandemic continues, many are stuck at home without access to a computer for school or other activities.  We are looking for computers people are willing to donate so we can get them setup for those in need. We are working with mutual aid groups and charities around the state. If you can donate, please fill out our form and we will arrange safe pickup. All items to be donated must be placed into a tied plastic bag, with the date, name of donor and the donor's phone number ...
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