March 28th, 2017 IRC Meeting

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Annoy Legislators for Freedom





PirateCon 2017 Topics


Campaign Workshops


Previous work in this area:

Message board application

Local Surveillance Ordinances

Projects On Hold For the Moment

First two of these could be topics for future hackathons.

CCTV Camera Map

Looking at organizing a map-a-thon.

Together Boston Meshnet

MAAPL Fight Foreclosure Campaign

Upcoming Events

See: 2017 calendar


  • srevilak (Steve Revilak, Arlington, MA)
  • jokeefe (James O’Keefe, Somerville)
  • WilliamOfHunts (Chris Foran - Roxbury)


  • davidd
  • igel
  • jotaemei
  • papegaai
  • Techrev


Annoy legislators for freedom talk went well. Jamie recorded the talk and is uploading it to youtube.

Libreplanet. Nice turnout for Sunday Cryptotable. Steve pitched running for office during a Lightning talk on Saturday. Learned that DoD is starting to experiment with FOSS. See

Monday cryptoparty had a good turn out.

Piratecon schedule. We had lots of talk proposals. We found a way to get everyone in. We'll have seven 45-minutes slots, with a five minute break between each slot. Plus lightning talks. See PirateCon 2017 Topics for talk groupings.

To Dos

Piratecon code of conduct


21:07 < jokeefe> agenda -,_2017_IRC_Meeting
21:07 < papegaai> Title: March 28th, 2017 IRC Meeting - Mass Pirate Wiki
21:08 < jokeefe> I tried to organize them into similar topics -
21:08 < papegaai> Title: PirateCon 2017 Topics - Mass Pirate Wiki
21:10 < jokeefe> ids
21:10 < jokeefe> James O’Keefe, Somerville
21:10 < srevilak> Steve Revilak, Arlington, MA
21:13 < jokeefe> Review
21:13 < jokeefe> Annoy Legislators for Freedom talk went well
21:14 < jokeefe> Recorded it. Edited it.  Uploading it to our youtube
        channel. Hopefully will be done tonight.
21:15 < jokeefe> LibrePlanet
21:16 < srevilak> We had a nice turnout for Sunday's cryptotable
21:16 < srevilak> Good conversation about technology and social justice,
        and quite a few key signings
21:17 < srevilak> I gave a lightning talk on Saturday, to pitch running
        for office.
21:18 < srevilak> Also had an interesting conversation with a DoD lawyer
        about software procurement in the government sector
21:18 < srevilak> (out)
21:18 < jokeefe> oh?
21:19 < srevilak> Yeah.  DoD tries to promote the idea of buying
        off the shelf.  In reality, any big project they do has a ton of
        customization work, and DoD may or may not wind up owning the rights to
        those customizations
21:19 < srevilak> but the idea of free software is starting to take hold
        in DoD
21:19 < jokeefe> cool
21:19 < srevilak>
21:19 < papegaai> Title: (at
21:20 < srevilak> To me, that's encouraging
21:21 < srevilak> Conversation started because i was curious about the
        demarcation between completely off the shelf, and completely custom
        built projects
21:22 < jokeefe> Interesting
21:22 < jokeefe> the Monday cryptoparty had a good turn out of teachers
        and a good discussion.  The Friday one should be even better.
21:23 < srevilak> Great
21:23 < jokeefe> Any Decisions/Endorsements?
21:23 < srevilak> I think piratecon speakers might be the big decision
21:23 < jokeefe> Projects - Conference
21:23 < jokeefe>
21:23 < papegaai> Title: PirateCon 2017 Topics - Mass Pirate Wiki
21:24 < srevilak> One point of information.  The person who submitted
        "The need for the voice of the people; The need for democracy" is thinking
        about running for mayor in Lowell, as a pirate
21:25 < jokeefe> thanks for that update
21:26 < jokeefe> I updated the topics page
21:27 < WilliamOfHunts> Chris Foran - Roxbury
21:27 < jokeefe> ahoy
21:28 < jokeefe> We are reviewing the PirateCon talk proposals -
21:28 < papegaai> Title: PirateCon 2017 Topics - Mass Pirate Wiki
21:29 < jokeefe> The general schedule layout is
21:29 < papegaai> Title: PirateCon 2017 | Massachusetts Pirate Party
21:30 < srevilak> (minor edit.  Alex Marthews was an additional speaker,
        rather than a topic)
21:30 < srevilak> Although, I suppose alex would be a good topic of
        conversation :)
21:30 < jokeefe> agreed
21:31 < srevilak> For the sake of narrowing this down, I wouldn't mind
        opening with Running for office and closing with Breakout groups
21:32 < WilliamOfHunts> Ranked Choice Voting =?= automatic runoff election
21:32 < srevilak> WilliamOfHunts: that's one way to do it
21:32 < WilliamOfHunts> Ya, we need that.
21:33 < srevilak> The proposer is one of the people behind
21:33 < papegaai> Title: Voter Choice MA (at
21:33 < jokeefe> So grouped this way, we have seven, but only space
        for six
21:34 < jokeefe> We could merge the Organizing and Running for office
21:35 < srevilak> I was actually thinking Ranked choice voting + running
        for office
21:35 < srevilak> motivated by recollection that RCV was one of Aaron's
        main platforms
21:35 < srevilak> wdyt?
21:36 < jokeefe> could
21:38 < srevilak> If we moved RCV to the opening panel and Piracy on
        Internet to lightning talk, I think we'd have an equal # of spots and
        panels, no?
21:39 < srevilak> who was proposed speaker for FOIA nuts and bolts?
21:39 < jokeefe> I already put RCV and Piracy into lightning talks
21:39 < jokeefe> Maya and JPat of Muckrock
21:39 < srevilak> ok
21:39  * srevilak refreshes browser
21:40 < jokeefe> We still have seven topics
21:40 < srevilak> I was going to say, I kept counting seven
21:41 < srevilak> How about this - move FOIA to fake news
21:41 < srevilak> because primary source documents are the antithesis
        to fake news
21:41 < jokeefe> I think FOIA needs its own time since it is more of a
        how to
21:42 < srevilak> Then we still have seven
21:44 < jokeefe> I think the Running for Office / Organizing are close
        enough to merge.
21:44 < srevilak> Another alternative: cut lightning talks from 90 ->
60 minutes
21:44 < srevilak> make the remaining sections 45 minutes each
21:44 < srevilak> that gives us enough room to accomodate 8
21:44 < jokeefe> Could
21:46 < srevilak> Although, would like to give > 45 min for breakout
        sessions, so we can (hopefully) come up with a few pieces of policy
21:47 < srevilak> At this point, is it safe to say we can accept all of
        the talk proposals, in one form or another?
21:48 < srevilak> If so, I can get in touch with the proposers, and see
        if they have any scheduling constraints
21:48 < jokeefe> I put a draft schedule up at the page
21:49 < jokeefe> 45min with 1hr for lunch and lightning talks gives us
8 45 minute sections
21:50 < srevilak> Sounds good to me
21:52 < jokeefe> Could do 45 min with 5 min break and have 7 45 minute
21:52 < srevilak> jokeefe: I think that's a better idea.
21:53 < srevilak> Plus, gives time for changeover
21:53 < jokeefe> ok, lets go with it
21:53 < srevilak> excellend
21:53 < srevilak> excellent
21:53 < srevilak> I will write to speakers tomorrow night, and ask about
        scheduling constraints
21:53 < jokeefe> we can modify if anyone cancels or we need to change
        things further
21:53 < srevilak> agreed
21:53 < jokeefe> we can move RCV into the Campaigning section
21:54 < jokeefe> then
21:54 < srevilak> sounds good
21:55 < jokeefe> Will email and see who can contact speakers
21:55 < srevilak> jokeefe: I already volunteered to contact speakers :)
21:55 < jokeefe> thanks
21:56 < jokeefe> Will ask Aaron about Running for office people
21:56 < srevilak> ok
21:58 < jokeefe> shall we adjourn?
21:58 < srevilak> motion to adjourn
21:58 < jokeefe> 2nd
21:58 < jokeefe> all in favor?
21:58 < srevilak> will post transcript
21:58 < srevilak> aye
21:59 < jokeefe> thanks
21:59  * srevilak adds to do.  Should have a code of conduct for the
22:00 < jokeefe> agreed