December 19th, 2017 IRC Meeting

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  • Improving outreach


Tech Mtg/Hackathon


Planning for 2018 Elections & Organizing

Training schedule:

  • January: Boston
  • February: Worcester

Once we set dates for the trainings we will put up a poll asking about our 2018 conference and whether to change it into several regional conferences.

In 2018, towns decide when their elections are held, but most are held in the first half of the year. State & county elections are in November. What offices are up in 2018 is listed here. We have been asked to hold a town election training in Milford this year.

Nomination papers for federal/state/county elections are available in mid-February. State/county candidates have until the end of May to gather all of their signatures, while federal candidates have until the end of July. The number of signatures needed vary from 150 for State Rep. to 2000 for US House of Representatives.

The electronic election for our officers went well in 2017, and we should consider doing it again. Such a change would allow us to decentralize our yearly conference and hold multiple regional conferences in different parts of the state. We could schedule monthly conferences starting in March or April. We could limit them to about 4-5 hours long, with the first half being training and the second half being discussion. If we want to go this route, we should ask our members soon and see who wants to organize their regional conference.

Digital Right of Repair

Details. Making calls to volunteers and members.

Statements In Process

  • GOP Tax Bill (we opposed)
  • MA Bill H.3641: An Act relative to electronic tolling - Approved our opposition to it. Past position is to remove the tolls on the Pike since it has long been paid for.
  • US S.1241 - Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017 - Approved our opposition to S.1241. Need statement (Joe)

Other To Dos

FOSS Tutorials

Worcester farm group is interested in having some FOSS tutorials. Perhaps:

  • how to do basic labels in GIMP,
  • work through a few sample spreadsheets related to seed cost and
  • similarly applicable real-world situations, depending on the needs of the group

Basically how to do graph design & product management with open source tools. Malt will put together a one paragraph description of what we need and we can mail it out to ask pirates to help.


  • Review regular IRC meeting day. Poll sent to email list - Sent (jokeefe)
  • email Loomio invite to supporters (jokeefe)
  • set up torrents for PirateCon videos (creynolds)
  • post remaining audio for PirateCon talks (srevilak)
  • finish setup of myBB (jokeefe)
  • install mattermost as slack alternative (jokeefe)

Mayfirst is looking at setting up a Discourse instance we could use.

Upcoming Events

  • 12/27, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, ?
  • 1/1, Pirate Parties 11th Anniversary
  • 1/3, 6pm – 9pm, Community WorcNite #16, The WorcShop, 243 Stafford St, Worcester, MA 01603. Registration

See: 2017 calendar


  • Joe: Joseph Onoroski, Lowell
  • hvxgr: Tom Rodman (Milwaukee) / ahoy
  • andyk Andy Klock, Andover
  • Malt: samuel capradae, worcester
  • Pirate_68456/Moses, Moses


  • igel (?)


  • We recorded the raw footage of the Equifax advisory, but we need to edit it. Joe will contact Dan and send the video to him.
  • Discussion of outreach strategies
  • Discussion of activities, especially the Somerville cryptoparty and the Community WorcNite #16 cryptoparty



20:59:56 Joe Ahoy
20:58:36 ⓘ tick_ is now known as andyk
21:01:09 Joe Unfortunatly, Jamie can not make it tonight.
20:59:36 Malt howdy!
20:59:45 Malt i am cooking also
21:01:50 Joe So would you like me to take the lead then?
21:00:25 Malt thanks for the job, Joe, managed to fill out all the paperwork today
21:00:36 Malt sure, i didn't have much to add
21:00:39 Malt Oh, I did actually
21:00:54 Malt made contact with a Worcester group, Happy Hacker Society
21:02:35 Joe No worries Malt, let me know when you get back so we can get you out there
21:01:11 Malt they host events at a different makerspace
21:03:03 Joe Very nice.
21:03:07 Joe ids?
21:03:16 Joe Joseph Onoroski, Lowell
21:02:00 hvxgr Tom Rodman , Milwaukee, ahoy
21:02:08 andyk Andy Klock, Andover
21:04:14 Joe Anything you would like to add?
21:02:57 Malt Samuel Capradae, Worcester
21:03:02 → Pirate_68456 has joined
21:03:12 hvxgr no
21:04:02 Pirate_68456 ahoy!!
21:05:42 Joe Ahoy!
21:06:52 Joe So I do have some progress with the video. and one item for Decisions/Endorsements.
21:07:05 Joe Also related to that video.
21:08:44 Joe We did the raw footage for the youtube channel but we need it to be edited. Jamie was very patient with me. ^^,
21:11:53 Joe I know Don stated he could do the editing, however if there was anyone else that would like to participate in doing it I would love to have the help.
21:12:23 Joe Any thoughts?
21:14:59← Malt has quit (Quit:
21:18:27 Joe Moving on
21:17:27 → Malt has joined
21:19:09 Joe WB Malt
21:17:47 Malt I can do a lil video work
21:17:50 Malt nothing fancy
21:17:55 Malt but i'm gonna be gone till the 14th
21:17:57 Malt 24th
21:19:52 Joe Understandable.
21:19:59 Joe Do you have contact with Don?
21:18:31 Malt I don't
21:20:16 Joe Ok, I'll reach out to Jamie for it.
21:20:26 Joe So, moving on
21:20:58 Joe Last week we touched on how to improve outreach. I know Jamie wanted us to make more calls.
21:22:21 Joe I was thinking that perhaps we could do emails instead. I would like to see us print teeshirts/signs and see how many boots we could get on the street.
21:22:31 Pirate_68456 like cold calling?
21:22:42 Pirate_68456 (Moses, by the way)
21:25:04 Joe I believe that was what our Captain was speaking to. In order to garnish support.
21:25:35 Joe I think youtube will be the most impactful but I may be jaded.
21:24:24 Pirate_68456 possibly!
21:24:26 Pirate_68456 i mean
21:26:04 Joe After we are done with this current vid, I convinced Jamie to do the NetNeutrality video right after.
21:24:31 Pirate_68456 i think it depends how it's done
21:26:31 Joe True. I am working on the set-up at my office in Lowell.
21:25:22 Pirate_68456 also, then it's all about the likes, shares, ect
21:27:50 Joe Yeah, but we already have a strong following on Twitter/facebook. I am sure we will get the likes/shares.
21:28:10 Joe I have faith in us.
21:27:25 ⓘ Pirate_68456 is now known as Moses
21:30:37 Joe One of the points that Malt made is that we need more activities to keep us involved. The question is what? Shall we poll the entire party?
21:31:02 Joe Malt, can you tell us more about this hacker group you made contact with?
21:30:19 andyk I googled my way here because I'm new to MA and was looking for a crypto party
21:30:31 Malt they host classes
21:30:41 Malt Hi Andy! What part of the state are you in?
21:30:52 andyk Andover
21:31:13 Moses Activities - Pirate based arts and crafts
21:31:32 Moses now but for real, I love the idea of educational outreach
21:31:40 Malt Ah nice! I'm in Worcester, first Weds in January there's a crypto party at the Worcshop
21:31:45 Malt community potluck and all
21:33:27 Joe 12/27, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville
21:32:41 Malt Moses- yeah, Happy Hacker Society teaches people penetration testing and actual hacking skills
21:33:20 andyk Ok, great. seemed like 12/27 wasn't finalized
21:33:26 Malt i also mentioned setting up some kind of tech support hotline or even going into community homes (elderly/college dorms/projects) and doing tech demos and repair parties
21:35:19 Joe I wonder if we could hold an event and invite all these parties togather in one place?
21:35:33 Joe both hacking and crypo
21:34:18 Moses oh not like elderly + college
21:34:26 Moses I was gonna say that seems like it could be challenging
21:36:10 Joe Prob
21:37:21 Joe I have nothing else to add, Shall we adjourn?
21:36:10 Moses aye
21:37:51 Joe All in favor?
21:37:53 Joe Aye
21:36:21 hvxgr aye
21:36:51 Malt aye
21:36:56 andyk aye. Maybe I'll be able to make that crypto party on the 27th.
21:37:03 Malt Andy- here's the Worcester event
21:37:05 Malt
21:37:20 andyk perfect. thanks!
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21:37:28 Malt Joe, are you good for posting the transcript?
21:37:38 Malt I lost part of it when i got logged out
21:39:14 Joe Nay
21:39:22 Joe No idea how to do it.
21:39:44 Joe I was just going to copy everything and send it to Jamie.
21:38:09 Malt ok can you email it to me?
21:38:15 Malt that works actually
21:38:23 Malt i was just going to ask him how to do it :x
21:40:13 Joe Yeah
21:40:16 Joe No worries
21:39:36 hvxgr Thanks/good night all.
21:41:35 Joe Good night everyone!