PirateCon 2017, our annual conference, will be Saturday, April 29th at the Community Church of Boston. The Community Church is in Copley Square at 565 Boylston St #2, Boston.
It will start at 10am and end at 6pm. Besides holding talks on a variety of topics, we will elect our Pirate Council.
|10:00am||Qualifying the integrity of Media Sources||Kendra Moyer, Andrea Romig|
|10:50am||Electoral Action||Aaron James, Joseph Onoroski, Adam Friedman|
|11:40am||Media & Liberation||David Day, Sevan Chorluyan, Thom Dunn|
|12:30pm||Lunch & Key Signing|
|1:30pm||FOIA: Transparency by a Thousand Papercuts||JPat Brown, Maya Shaffer|
|2:20pm||Organizing for a Sustainable, Accountable Movement||Grace Ross, Guillermo Hamlin, Jordan Pelovitz|
|4:10pm||State of Surveillance||Alex Marthews, Steven Presser, Steve Revilak|
|5:00pm||Pirate Policy Breakout Groups|
Last year we recorded the conference and streamed audio from it. This year we are planning on streaming the conference. If we cannot get video and audio, we will stream audio of the conference.
If you cannot make it in person, please check back here for the live stream. We would appreciate any donation you can give to the streaming fund.
Media & Liberation
David Day: In October 2009, David sent out an email to all the producers, performers and promoters he knew about joining forces and starting a festival, called “Together.” Having spent years in the Boston music scene, he figured it was high time everyone got the respect and acknowledgment they deserved. As a creative economy, Art + Music + Technology has a boundless future and Boston is the type of city that can support its endless expansion. As Together’s Creative Director, Day is responsible for watering all the trees.
Sevan Chorluyan is the Chief of BadMirror Broadcasting, a hyperlocal video broadcasting system I created the architecture for. Currently leading a small team of wonderful people changing the relationship people have with where they live.
Thom Dunn is a playwright and fiction author who was a staff writer at Upworthy.
Aaron James was the Pirate Party candidate for 27th Middlesex State Representative.
Adam Friedman is the Executive Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts.
Qualifying the integrity of Media Sources
FOIA: Transparency by a Thousand Papercuts
JPat Brown is Executive Editor of Muckrock. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, the former Editor-in-Chief of the alt-weekly DigBoston, the author of a really stupid book about owls, and at one point ran a computer lab in a church basement. He’s been published in the Boston Herald, had his public records work written about in Newsweek and the New York Times, and wrote a thing that Jerry Seinfeld read out loud in a funny voice on The Daily Show. Hit him up at firstname.lastname@example.org or @resentfultweet.
Maya Shaffer is a CoFounder of The Bay State Examiner a government watchdog news outlet that covers Massachusetts. She writes a column on the state’s public records law for DigBoston through a partnership with the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism and frequently writes about issues of police abuse, governmental waste and corruption, and general lack of transparency in Massachusetts. Her background is activism and she was a founding member of MassOps the constitutional trolling crew.
Organizing for a Sustainable, Accountable Movement
Grace Ross was the 2006 Green-Rainbow Party nominee for Massachusetts Governor and is an anti-foreclosure/social justice organizer with decades of experience. She is leading the fight against illegal foreclosures in Massachusetts as part of the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending and the Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Action Team. The Worcester Anti-Foreclosure Action Team has had a high success rate in fighting illegal foreclosures by empowering homeowners and combining nonviolent direct-action and legal action.
Guillermo Hamlin is an educator, consultant, media-maker, and is currently the Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at MATV, Malden’s Media Center. Mr. Hamlin holds an A.L.B from Harvard University with a concentration in Philosophy with a secondary concentration in Anthropology. As an undergrad, he was everything from a camera operator to an end user security coordinator. As the Boston Chapter President of the Harvard Latino Alumni Alliance, Guillermo facilitates alumni engagement with Latino student communities through mentoring, community building, and other volunteer activities in the Greater Boston Area. He was previously the Program Assistant for Chelsea Community Schools under the city’s Health and Human Services. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Community Action Agency of Somerville which in addition to fighting the causes of chronic poverty, administers Head Start programs promoting school readiness for low-income children under 5 in Somerville and Cambridge.
Jordan Pelovitz is an industrial designer and teacher. You can find his work at jordanpelovitz.com.
State of Surveillance
Alex Marthews is President of Digital Fourth. Alex was deeply interested in tech policy from before 9/11: at grad school, he helped to design Berkeley’s first course on Cyberlaw (2000-1), wrote his master’s thesis on online discrimination in blocking and filtering systems, and interned at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where he researched surveillance and digital piracy. After graduating, he ran three successful nonprofits (Preservation Action Council, 2003-5; WATCH, 2005-7; Growth Through Learning, 2008-12). After becoming a proud US citizen, Alex founded Digital Fourth in Cambridge, Mass., in June of 2012.
Steve Revilak is Quartermaster of the Pirate Party and an Arlington Town Meeting Member.
We will elect the Pirate Council and three Arbitrators. Submit your nomination by April 28th.