November 7th, 2017 IRC Meeting

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  • South Boston Cryptoparty



S.1241 - Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017

Approved our opposition to S.1241. Need statement (Joe)


Planning for 2018 Elections & Organizing

Training schedule:

  • 11/18, Milford Training
  • 12/9, Holyoke
  • 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.

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

  • 11/11-12, Boston Anarchist Bookfair, Boston University George Sherman Union
  • 11/12, 7-8pm, Monthly Video Magazine Meeting
  • 11/18, 1pm-4pm, Town Government Workshop, Milford Public Library, 80 Spruce Street, Milford
  • 11/19, 7-8pm, Monthly Video Magazine Meeting
  • 11/26, 7-8pm?, Recording Monthly Video Magazine
  • 11/29, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville
  • 12/3, 7-8pm, Monthly Video Magazine Meeting
  • 12/10, 7-8pm, Monthly Video Magazine Meeting
  • 12/17, Chelsea Manning's Birthday
  • 12/17, 7-8pm, Monthly Video Magazine Meeting
  • 12/26, 7-8pm?, Recording Monthly Video Magazine
  • 12/27, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville

See: 2017 calendar


  • jokeefe: James O’Keefe, Somerville
  • Malt: sam capradea, worcester
  • hvxgr: Tom Rodman - Milwaukee


  • igel_
  • Pirate_37728




[9:04pm] jokeefe: let’s start. agenda:,_2017_IRC_Meeting
[9:04pm] jokeefe: ids
[9:04pm] jokeefe: James O’Keefe, Somerville
[9:04pm] Malt: sam capradea, worcester
[9:04pm] hvxgr: Tom Rodman - Milwaukee
[9:05pm] jokeefe: Anything to add?
[9:05pm] hvxgr: no
[9:05pm] Malt: no
[9:06pm] Pirate_37728 joined the chat room.
[9:06pm] jokeefe: ahoy Pirate_37728
[9:06pm] jokeefe: agenda:,_2017_IRC_Meeting
[9:06pm] jokeefe: Review
[9:07pm] jokeefe: South Boston Cryptoparty had few participants, but could lead to a much bigger cryptoparty next year
[9:07pm] jokeefe: Decisions/Endorsements
[9:07pm] jokeefe: Bill H.3641: An Act relative to electronic tolling is out
[9:07pm] jokeefe: not sure how serious it is
[9:08pm] jokeefe: but would expand tolls to more roads.
[9:08pm] Malt: a popular measure, certainly
[9:08pm] jokeefe: which means more recording of where people go
[9:10pm] jokeefe: thoughts?
[9:11pm] Malt: might be other opposed groups to collab with
[9:12pm] jokeefe: agreed
[9:13pm] jokeefe: So oppose the bill?
[9:14pm] Malt: why not?
[9:14pm] Malt: tolls suuuuck
[9:15pm] jokeefe: lol
[9:15pm] jokeefe: that they do. especially ones that track your movement.
[9:16pm] jokeefe: All in favor of opposing this bill?
[9:16pm] Malt: aye
[9:16pm] hvxgr: pass ...  not a voting member, scrolling thru bill. 
[9:17pm] jokeefe: aye
[9:17pm] jokeefe: any opposed?
[9:20pm] jokeefe: motion passes
[9:20pm] jokeefe: Joe worked on the text of the S.1241 statement
[9:21pm] Malt: i don't see ut uin the agenda?
[9:22pm] jokeefe:,_2017_IRC_Meeting#S.1241_-_Combating_Money_Laundering.2C_Terrorist_Financing.2C_and_Counterfeiting_Act_of_2017
[9:23pm] jokeefe: Draft at
[9:23pm] Malt: ahh ok
[9:24pm] jokeefe: any suggestions?
[9:26pm] Malt: "you're
[9:26pm] Malt: "
[9:26pm] Malt: not "your" in the first paragraph
[9:26pm] hvxgr: typo on line 13 2nd sentance
[9:27pm] jokeefe: fixed
[9:27pm] Malt: seems a little long and informal, but it highlights the problematic portions of the bill thoroughly
[9:28pm] Malt: shortening it to the highlights and putting in a narrative might help
[9:28pm] jokeefe: could use a call to arms/summary with more detail for anyone who wants more info
[9:28pm] Malt: but i'm not sure if i have the time to fix things up tomorrow
[9:28pm] jokeefe: agreed
[9:29pm] jokeefe: Understood. Not sure what the rush is on it.
[9:30pm] jokeefe: Not seeing any actions on it -
[9:31pm] jokeefe: We can leave the points for Joe to use in a revision
[9:32pm] Malt: yeah
[9:32pm] jokeefe: Do you have any updating for Fundraising?
[9:32pm] Malt: i haven't, no
[9:32pm] jokeefe: Then skipping to Planning for 2018 Elections & Organizing
[9:32pm] Malt: Worcshop makes most of their income from running classes, would probably be interested in having us host recurring events
[9:33pm] jokeefe: how much do they charge?
[9:33pm] Malt: renting space and hosting events is different
[9:33pm] Malt: i think hosting classes (not events, sorry) operates more on a cut of the door proceeds deal
[9:35pm] jokeefe: ok. can pass the hat
[9:37pm] jokeefe: BTW: a librarian in worcester was interested in a cryptoparty, but we should have classes at Worcshop. Are there any dates that work in February?
[9:38pm] jokeefe: Still looking for a place in Boston area in January
[9:39pm] Malt: i will hear from the worcshop soon
[9:40pm] jokeefe: great
[9:41pm] jokeefe: We have the video meeting this Sunday at 7pm. Will you be able to make it?
[9:42pm] Malt: hope so, no plans to the contrary yet
[9:42pm] jokeefe: great
[9:42pm] jokeefe: that is all I have for this evening
[9:42pm] jokeefe: shall we adjourn?
[9:42pm] jokeefe: I will post the transcript
[9:43pm] Malt: fine with me
[9:43pm] hvxgr: sure
[9:43pm] Malt: i've been slacking
[9:43pm] jokeefe: have a wonderful night!
[9:44pm] hvxgr: Thanks/good night all.
[9:45pm] Malt: night!