July 17th, 2019 IRC Meeting
- 1 Review
- 2 Decisions/Endorsements
- 3 Projects
- 4 Tasks
- 5 Tabled Projects
- 6 Upcoming Events
- 7 Participants
- 8 Summary
- 9 Minutes
- An Act to establish a taskforce to develop a uniform code for police body-worn cameras and their recordings (H.2120) contains language to exemption of body camera recordings from the definition of “public record”. More at:
- The CASE Act (H2426) would create a copyright infringement small claims court, thus leading to more copyright trolling.
Congress of Corrections
Boston is hosting the Congress of Corrections, Aug 1-6. It will be at the Hynes Convention Center, Halls C&D. It is sponsored by private prison and ICE detention investors.
Goals for Q2:
- Organize meetups
- Organize election
- Organize Fundraiser(s)
- Organize candidate trainings
- Revise platform
jokeefe will post poll for October party conference by Friday.
- Next pirate news recording?
Democracy and Dogfood (Tech)
July 13th Meeting
- srevilak updated blog theme. jokeefe and srevilak corrected any items that were wrong as a result of the update;
- jokeefe updated our Riot/Matrix client to the latest stable version. Started work on a splash page for discuss.masspirates.org.
- srevilak & jokeefe tested camera / microphone setup and figured out that the reason the recording was so soft in the video we took at the Pirate Planning Picnic was that the speakers were too far away from the microphones.
jokeefe noticed that our CCTV camera map no longer shows the locations of cameras. Will look at it.
Next meeting will be August 10th. Topics are:
- find discussion/voting system;
- update CCTV cameras to include older cameras outside North America we didn't include;
- write an app to record the location/ownership of CCTV cameras;
- set up torrents for PirateCon videos (creynolds);
- post remaining audio for PirateCon talks (srevilak).
Statement on Alabama/Ohio/Georgia Abortion ban bills/laws
Fight bills to make the Film Credit Permanent
H.2419 would make the film tax credit permanent. It is supposed to expire in 2023. The bill has 100+ signatures this time around. jokeefe will submit testimony.
National Platform reform/remake
These have been on our agenda for a long time. How do we make them a reality?
Boston Sex Worker Petition
Non-pirate guest speakers for Pirate News
CCTV camera map
Video Newsletter guest speakers
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.
- 7/16, Voter Choice MA RCV Lobby Day
- 7/17, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting
- 7/22, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting
- 7/29, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting
- 7/31, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts
- 8/6, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting, Industry Lab, Cambridge
- 8/10, 11am-1pm, Democracy and Dogfood (Tech) Meeting, Arlington
- 8/24, Lowell Pirate Picnic, Lowell
- ?, ?, Holyoke Pirate Meetup, Board Room, Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke
- cortex (briefly)
National Party Updates. Forming as a 527, as that provides more options for raising capital. Busy with development on the national party site. National elections are coming up soon.
Discussion of https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H2120, which proposes to exempt law enforcement body and dashboard camera footage from public records requests. 3-0 vote in opposition to the bill. Steve to draft statement of opposition.
Discussion of CASE Act: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2426/text. EFF's opinion: https://act.eff.org/action/prevent-copyright-trolling-tell-the-senate-that-copyright-claims-can-t-be-treated-like-traffic-tickets. 4-0 vote in favor of opposing the bill.
Boston is hosting the Congress of Corrections, Aug 1-6. Seems like a trade show for the prison industry. Not sure if there are plans for local opposition.
Questionnairre for regional meeting is up.
Latest video newsletter posted. Next recording: Sunday 8pm.
21:07 <@jokeefe> Agenda: https://masspirates.org/wiki/July_17th,_2019_IRC_Meeting 21:08 <@jokeefe> ids 21:08 <@jokeefe> James O’Keefe, Somerville 21:08 < srevilak> Steve Revilak, Arlington 21:08 < Pirate_Joe> Joseph Onoroski, Lowell 21:08 <@jokeefe> Anything to add? 21:08 < Pirate_Joe> National elections? 21:09 <@jokeefe> Discuss under National Party? 21:09 < Pirate_Joe> Less a review and more of a decision, but as you wish 21:10 <@jokeefe> Review - National Party 21:11 <@jokeefe> Election on the 29th? 21:11 < Pirate_Joe> Aye 21:11 < Pirate_Joe> Plus we have decided that we are going to form the national party as a 527 21:11 <@jokeefe> ahoy coretx 21:12 <@jokeefe> not as an FEC committee? 21:12 < Pirate_Joe> That way we will have more options to raise capital and distribute it to the different states. 21:12 < Pirate_Joe> Aye 21:13 < Pirate_Joe> The idea will be that we will have to states petition the national committee to gain money. I think we are leaning towards a grant-style system 21:13 <@jokeefe> not sure of that or that we are even near that, but ok 21:13 < Pirate_Joe> We have been very busy with the national site and will be opening/reopening a merch store for pirate gear and such. 21:13 <@jokeefe> FEC PACs can give money to other federal committees 21:14 <@jokeefe> http://pirate-party.us? 21:14 < Pirate_Joe> I understand and motions strongly towards PACs but I was over ruled. 21:14 <@jokeefe> are these meetings recorded anywhere? 21:15 < Pirate_Joe> I would see us grow slow and true. 21:15 < Pirate_Joe> I believe so, speak with Bosun to pull the records or I can ask Sayyida to get them for you. 21:16 < Pirate_Joe> That said, my 6 month term is almost done. Whom do you think we should nominate next? 21:16 <@jokeefe> The records should be on the wiki 21:16 <@jokeefe> Do you not want to run again? 21:17 < Pirate_Joe> I ran because there was great need and you asked it of me. I would be happy to do as the council wishes. 21:17 <@jokeefe> ahoy Malt 21:18 < Malt> Sam capradae, Worcester 21:18 < Malt> Hi friends, sorry for the delay 21:18 < srevilak> hai Malt 21:18 < Pirate_Joe> Ahoy 21:18 <@jokeefe> thanks for joining us 21:18 <@jokeefe> I think the national party is stronger with your leadership, Pirate_Joe 21:18 < Pirate_Joe> I think Sayyida is running for Chair and Bosun is a big part of it as well. 21:19 <@jokeefe> anyone else running? 21:19 < Pirate_Joe> I know that we were going to add a Quartermaster position 21:19 < Pirate_Joe> I have not asked. 21:19 < Pirate_Joe> Plus we are discussing a new title, Sheriff 21:20 <@jokeefe> what would that role be? 21:21 < Pirate_Joe> Basically, a sheriff would keep the peace, aka moderator / state liaison / code of conduct enforcer. 21:22 < Pirate_Joe> Nothing is decided for the sheriff position yet, this is totally new. Currently it is tabled until after elections have taken place. 21:22 < Pirate_Joe> I appreciate your support Jokeefe 21:23 < Pirate_Joe> If you would have me continue to run, I will 21:23 < Pirate_Joe> I know Malt showed interest last election. 21:24 <@jokeefe> really should amend the bylaws 21:24 < Pirate_Joe> Plus there may be more positions available anyways. Moderator on a national level seems very much like my thing. 21:25 <@jokeefe> Ok. We should review who is running and decide who we want to support at our next meeting. Sound good? 21:26 < Pirate_Joe> I would be happy to serve as chair if need be, but I also do not want to run if there is others ready and available. I could simply attend as a MA rep like before. 21:26 <@jokeefe> ok. thanks 21:26 < Pirate_Joe> Sounds good, let me know. 21:26 <@jokeefe> Moving on to Decisions/Endorsements 21:27 <@jokeefe> Just found out about An Act to establish a taskforce to develop a uniform code for police body-worn cameras and their recordings (H.2120) 21:27 <@jokeefe> It contains language to exempt body camera recordings from the definition of “public record” 21:27 < srevilak> Filed by Denise Provost 21:27 <@jokeefe> Yes 21:27 <@jokeefe> Bill is at https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H2120 21:27 < srevilak> https://www.wbur.org/news/2019/07/11/police-bodycams-public-records 21:28 < srevilak> Kudos to Galvin for arguing against it. (Not often that I would give kudos to Galvin) 21:28 <@jokeefe> I know, right? 21:29 <@jokeefe> I think it is fine to form a taskforce. I do not think it is right to explicitly ban any police recording from being a public record 21:29 < Pirate_Joe> Normally Provost is a champion of the people. 21:29 <@jokeefe> Her justification is personal privacy, but there is no privacy on a public street and anyone could make their own recording 21:29 < Pirate_Joe> Perhaps we can have a rep from this committee reach out to her to for an explaination? 21:31 <@jokeefe> She is the only candidate we have had someone run against twice. Some of her supporters really didn’t appreciate that. 21:32 < Pirate_Joe> She won't be the last. Plus if she is looking for our support then she should be able to answer a few simple questions and explain herself. 21:32 < srevilak> hai coretx 21:32 <@jokeefe> From the globe article I linked to in the agenda: 21:32 < Pirate_Joe> That's your district, correct jokeefe? 21:32 <@jokeefe> But the bill’s author said she thought it was vital to protect the privacy of innocent people and bystanders who happened to be captured on film. And she worried the video could be used for salacious entertainment. 21:32 <@jokeefe> “The goal of privacy protection for victims, minors, bystanders, and witnesses, I think, has to be paramount,” Provost said. 21:32 <@jokeefe> Though Provost said she knows there is technology available to pixelate the faces of people, she worried that technology might be flawed. 21:32 <@jokeefe> “It is not clear to me that technology is advanced enough to make it possible to disguise the identity of individuals who might be compromised by having their images released,” she said. Provost said litigants could still potentially obtain the video through discovery or a court order. 21:32 <@jokeefe> https://masspirates.org/wiki/July_17th,_2019_IRC_Meeting#Mass._Legislation 21:33 < Pirate_Joe> Well, we are for privacy of the people as well. That is an argument I do support 21:34 <@jokeefe> Of course, but with language like that they could interpret it as only allowing police and prosecutors the right to access that recording 21:34 < Pirate_Joe> However, due the public nature of the job, any police action that is not an active case should be made public for the public's safety 21:35 < Pirate_Joe> H.1991 HD.3835 is a good one too 21:35 <@jokeefe> There have been a number of police shootings where the police bodycam recording was the opposite of what the police claimed happened. 21:36 < Pirate_Joe> In principle, I am opposed to Provost bill. But I do understand the sentiment of where she is coming from. 21:39 <@jokeefe> Actually, the composition of the committee is really biased towards police and prosecutors 21:40 <@jokeefe> 8 police/prosecutors vs 1 rep each from public counsel, ACLU and NAACP 21:41 <@jokeefe> Actually, I suggest opposing it 21:41 < Pirate_Joe> the road to hell, jokeefe. Motion to oppose? 21:42 < srevilak> second 21:42 <@jokeefe> all in favor of opposing this bill? 21:42 < Pirate_Joe> Aye 21:42 < srevilak> aye 21:42 <@jokeefe> Aye 21:42 <@jokeefe> srevilak, would you be able to write our statement opposing it? 21:43 <@jokeefe> Doesn’t need to be long 21:43 < srevilak> jokeefe: will try 21:43 <@jokeefe> Thank you. 21:44 <@jokeefe> Next - The CASE Act (H2426) would create a copyright infringement small claims court, thus leading to more copyright trolling. 21:45 <@jokeefe> From the EFF: 21:45 < Malt> Whoops 21:45 <@jokeefe> The CASE Act would allow “Claims Officers” at the Copyright Office in Washington, D.C. to hear copyright infringement cases, giving this quasi-judicial body the ability to issue damages awards of up to $15,000 per work infringed or $30,000 per proceeding, and agreements which boil down to binding injunctions. And the Copyright Office could raise those caps on its own. 21:45 <@jokeefe> Photographers have a legitimate concern about their work being taken and used whole without proper payment. But copyright claims should not be bulk-processed like traffic tickets—especially not when statutory damages under the CASE Act are so much higher than in traffic court, requiring no proof of actual harm. And especially not when the case won’t be heard by an actual judge, one whose job doesn’t place copyright at the center of the legal unive 21:46 < Malt> That's legit a nightmare 21:46 < Malt> It would DESTROY parts of the internet 21:46 < Malt> Memes would be impossibl 21:46 <@jokeefe> https://act.eff.org/action/prevent-copyright-trolling-tell-the-senate-that-copyright-claims-can-t-be-treated-like-traffic-tickets 21:47 <@jokeefe> Aye, Malt 21:48 <@jokeefe> Motion to oppose it 21:48 < srevilak> aye 21:48 < Malt> 2nd 21:48 <@jokeefe> aye 21:48 < Pirate_Joe> aye 21:48 <@jokeefe> any opposed? 21:49 <@jokeefe> to opposing it 21:49 <@jokeefe> ahoy coretx 21:50 <@jokeefe> seeing no opposition, motion passes to oppose the CASE Act 21:50 <@jokeefe> Boston is hosting the Congress of Corrections, Aug 1-6. It will be at the Hynes Convention Center, Halls C&D. It is sponsored by private prison and ICE detention investors. 21:50 < Malt> Wv 21:50 < Malt> Wv 21:50 < Malt> We should be there 21:51 < Malt> Let's barricade the doors 21:51 <@jokeefe> I agree. Anyone up to finding out who is organizing a protest and how we can help? 21:52 < Malt> I can ask around 21:52 < Pirate_Joe> Could we have Christine check, being the swarmwise director? 21:52 <@jokeefe> Thanks, Malt. Two is better than one. I will ask Christine to check as well. 21:53 < Pirate_Joe> ^.^ 21:53 <@jokeefe> Projects 21:53 < Malt> I know a few folk but not all of them 21:53 <@jokeefe> Hopefully someone knows. Would be surprised if there wasn’t a protest 21:54 < Malt> Srsly 21:54 <@jokeefe> Regional Meetings - I posted the party conference survey and to email and activists list 21:54 <@jokeefe> No word on Holyoke. Looking to have a lunch in Cambridge next week. 21:55 <@jokeefe> Video Newsletter - Posted the last one 21:55 <@jokeefe> And emailed it out 21:55 <@jokeefe> When should be the next pirate news recording? 21:56 < Pirate_Joe> Sunday night at 7-8 pm is the only time I can do it. 21:56 <@jokeefe> Malt / srevilak? 21:56 < Pirate_Joe> If you would like to record without me, there is plenty to discuss. 21:56 < srevilak> I could make sunday night 7p 21:57 < Malt> Sadly I think I'm working Sunday 7pm 21:57 < Malt> Yes I've got a baseball game 21:58 <@jokeefe> We could record two. One me and Malt, and one Pirate_Joe, srevilak and maybe me? 21:58 <@jokeefe> When works for you Malt? 21:58 < Pirate_Joe> Well, one would do. I would just mention the previous statements we just voted on and discuss them in good detail. 21:59 <@jokeefe> We don’t lack for things to talk about ;-) 22:00 < Malt> No need to wait on my behalf, y'all know I'm a Hardline socialist 22:00 <@jokeefe> Does anytime work for you this weekend? 22:01 < Malt> Earlier Sunday I think 22:01 < Malt> Oh wait 22:01 < Malt> I should be good as of 8ish 22:02 < Pirate_Joe> 8pm would be better for me. 22:02 <@jokeefe> srevilak, does that work for you? 22:02 < srevilak> I can do 8p 22:03 <@jokeefe> 8pm or so it is. 22:03 <@jokeefe> Great 22:03 <@jokeefe> Thanks 22:03 < Malt> :) 22:04 <@jokeefe> Democracy and Dogfood (Tech) meeting went well. Details are at https://masspirates.org/wiki/July_17th,_2019_IRC_Meeting#Democracy_and_Dogfood_.28Tech.29 22:04 <@jokeefe> Next one is August 10th. Restore the 4th Mass. has an idea for a site we might want to help with. Getting details from them. 22:05 < srevilak> For next meeting, we should do a Mediawiki update 22:05 < srevilak> it's been a while 22:05 * srevilak will practice on a couple of other sites first :) 22:05 <@jokeefe> Good plan. thanks 22:06 < Malt> Sure 22:06 <@jokeefe> That is all I have at this time. 22:06 <@jokeefe> Anything else or should we adjourn? 22:06 < srevilak> motion to adjourn 22:06 < Pirate_Joe> 2nd 22:06 <@jokeefe> all in favor? 22:06 < Pirate_Joe> Aye 22:07 < srevilak> aye 22:07 < srevilak> will post transcript