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We are advocating for a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology in Massachusetts and the recent hearing at the state house demonstrated that there is a lot of support for it. However, efforts to adopt this technology by police often goes unnoticed or is hidden from public view.  Thankfully, MuckRock and Open the Government have setup a system to use FOIA requests to find out whether police are using facial recognition technology and how. Only four requests have been filed in M...
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Today at 6pm the Brookline's Advisory Committee is holding a meeting of its Public Safety Subcommittee to consider its recommendation on regulating law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in Brookline. The public is invited to attend and participate.  If this recommendation passes, Brookline could be the next municipality in Massachusetts to ban or limit governmental use of facial recognition technology. The meeting starts at 6pm and is scheduled to end at...
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Quick reminder that today is the State & Local Facial Recognition Tech Moratorium (S.1385 & H.1538) hearing before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. That hearing will start at 1pm, and will be in Room A-1 at the State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston. It is vital to have as many Pirates attend the hearing as possible. Even if you choose not to testify in person, your presence there will demonstrate to the committee that we need a facial recognition tech moratorium. The ACLU will h...
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Wednesday, Brookline's Advisory Committee is having a meeting of its Public Safety Subcommittee to consider its recommendation on regulating law enforcement use of facial recognition technology in Brookline. The public is invited to attend and participate. If this recommendation passes, Brookline could be the next municipality in Massachusetts to ban or limit governmental use of facial recognition technology. The meeting starts at 6pm and is scheduled to end at 8pm. It will be in the School ...
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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 legislature to pass S.1385 & H.1538 which would ban governmental use of "at a distance" biometric tracking technology. You can help by: testifying at the upcoming committee hearing for these bills in person or in writing. Start writing your tes...
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Thankfully, we haven't seen any advance in the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act) since the Senate Judiciary Committee voted it out of committee. The House version is still being considered by the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. This bill would create within the Copyright Office a Copyright Claims Board which would have the ability to hear claims of copyright infringement and award damages up to $30,000. B...
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On July 18th, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up and voted out of committee the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act). This bill would create within the Copyright Office a Copyright Claims Board which would have the ability to hear claims of copyright infringement and award damages up to $30,000. This law is supposed to be an easier way for photographers and other artists to gain recompense when they claim their copyrights were infringed. However, ...
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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.

 

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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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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