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Yesterday, in an 11-0 vote, the Somerville City Council voted to ban the city from using facial recognition technology. It is the second city to do so, after San Francisco, and the first city outside of California. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, who has stated he supports it, is expected to sign it. 👤Somerville’s #FacialRecognitionBan PASSES unanimously!👤

Thank you to everyone who has worked to hard to bring us to this moment ✊️— Ben Ewen-Campen (@BenForWard3) June...
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Captain James and Quartermaster talk about surveillance in the USA and two bills (S.1385 and H.1538) that we support which would ban facial recognition tech in Massachusetts' state and local government. They also talk about our upcoming Pirate Planning Picnic and helping Chelsea Manning, Reality Winner and Julian Assange and why supporting them supports free speech. More info on S.1385 and H.1538;Sign up to be a volunteer and get a notification when the upcoming Pirate Planning Picnic w...
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This Wednesday, June 26, the Somerville Crytoparty will talk about how to setup and use a 2FA token device, such as Yubikey. It will be at The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville and starts at 6pm. It generally ends between 8 and 9pm. The Sprouts is in the garage in the back at the end of the driveway and is a short walk from the Davis and Porter Sq. MBTA Red Line stops. If you want to help with future cryptoparties or just ask questions about how you can protect your privacy, join t...
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The US House of Representatives voted against prohibiting the unconstitutional and warrantless surveillance of Americans as authorized by Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act in an amendment to a government spending bill. The vote was 175 to 253. Other amendments to limit the use of facial recognition technology by the federal government also failed. For the Massachusetts delegation, Representatives Clark, Kennedy, Lynch, McGovern, Neal and Pressley voted for our right to privacy. Keatin...
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Today the European Parliamentary elections start in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. They continue until Sunday, the 26th in sixteen member states. If you can vote in this election please vote for your country's Pirate Party. If you have friends or family who can vote, please urge them to vote for the Pirate Party. With the EU's adoption of a copyright law that imposes upload filters, a link tax, hinders the right to take pictures in public places and a number of other copyright chan...
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At our March 13th, 2019 IRC meeting, we endorsed two bills meant to limit face surveillance and other "at a distance" biometric tracking technology: SD.671, sponsored by Senator CreemH.1538, sponsored by Rep. Rogers Both bills contain a ban on biometric surveillance technology without passing a bill to authorize it: "Absent express statutory authorization, it shall be unlawful for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or any Massachusetts government official to acquire, possess, access, ...
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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 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...
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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...
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Thanks to your calls and emails and those of many others, the Massachusetts Senate killed all three wiretap expansion bills some senators were trying to sneak in the budget.  We'll be on the look out for a similar measure in the House, but for now we can rejoice.


Massachusetts Senators are trying to sneak into the budget unprecedented new state surveillance powers for prosecutors.  We stopped them in November, and we need to do so again. Prosecutors in Massachusetts have greater access to sensitive information about us than ever before, often without a warrant, whether it is your Twitter direct messages or meta data such as who you call, how long you talk, and where your phone is, and thus potentially where you are at any moment of the day.  We don't ...
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