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PirateCon 2015

  • Videos?
  • Slide decks?

Point to Point Camp

International Day against DRM

Pirate Council Responsibilities

Are we all set with these?

Not set in stone. See Swarmwise for better ideas. Its summary:

PR/media leader: responsible for interactions with oldmedia (newspapers, television, radio, etc.) at his or her particular geography. That includes sending press releases, making sure press kits with information are available, and other things related to serving oldmedia with information about the swarm and its activities. (See Chapter 9)

Activism leader: does not lead activism as such, but rather support it (as is the case with all of these roles). Whenever activists decide swarmwise that they want to stage a rally, hand out flyers, put up posters, or do some other form of visible activism, this is the person responsible for the practical details, such as PA equipment, permits, and other details on the ground to make things happen.

Swarmcare leader: welcomes new activists into the swarm and continually measure the overall health of it. A typical task would be to call new activists just to make them feel welcome, and tell them when the next events — social as well as operational — take place. This is more than enough for one person to chew.

Information-and-web leader: is the person who maintains the infrastructure of a blog or other web page that summarizes the relevant information of the swarm in this particular geography. (This person also communicates internally when events, such as rallies, happen. The swarm decides when and if they happen; it is the job of this person to communicate the consensus.)


For every officer:

  • add to activists list - done
  • add to subcom lists
  • get accounts on:
    • blog, wiki, crew
  • add media/pr+ to social media - done
  •  ?
  • write this all up as a transition doc including role definitions


Objectives for 2016

With that we can work backwards to figure out what needs to get done when.

Event Planning

  1. Materials - need flags
  2. May 17, noon-4pm, Together Boston Cryptoparty, Danger!Awesome, Cambridge - what will we teach?
  3. May 29-31, Panel for Left Forum, NYC
  4. Jun. 13, Boston Pride Parade - Sign up form - need blog post soon
  5. Summer, INEAS org cryptoparty?
  6. July/Aug, Pirate Picnic, Georges Island?
  7. Sep. 19 & 20, Freedom Rally - Sign up form - need blog post by July/Aug

Defer to next meeting

  1. New Materials
  2. Restore the 4th Bills - Jamie hasn't posted blog post about them. Will this weekend.
    1. SD1546 Mandates Police Bodycams, protects data - Summary, Bill text
    2. HD430, Reining in Militarization in Massachusetts - Summary & Bill text

Upcoming Events

  1. May 2, Point to Point Camp cryptoparty
  2. May 6, International Day against DRM
  3. May 10-17, Together Boston Cryptoparty?
  4. Jun. 13, Boston Pride Parade
  5. Jun. event?
  6. Jul. event?
  7. Aug. event?
  8. Sep., Freedom Rally
  9. Oct. event?
  10. Nov. event?
  11. Dec. event?

Every Thu., Digital Fourth meeting, 11:20am-1:30pm, Voltage Cafe, Third Street, Cambridge


  • aquaticonions
  • Jlefty
  • noe
  • srevilak
  • Wiel
  • bestpiggy
  • igel
  • jokeefe
  • Techrev


  • davidd
  • Pharyngeal
  • zby


Piratecon Videos and slides. Video for first keynote is cut, will be broadcast on SCATV on Monday.

Point to Point camp. Cryptocorner was well received. Had a range of questions; some encryption, some on basic computer security.

Day against DRM. No one here seems to have attended, but Zak from FSF says there was a good turnout.

Pirate Council Responsibilities.



[9:00pm] jokeefe: agenda:,_2015_IRC_Meeting [9:01pm] jokeefe: ids - James O’Keefe, Somerville [9:01pm] igel: william fleurant, arlington ma [9:01pm] Jlefty: James Slate, Amherst [9:02pm] aquaticonions: Eli Haber, Lexington MA [9:02pm] noe: Noelani Kamelamela, Somerville MA [9:02pm] bestpiggy: olivia pineyro, boston ma [9:03pm] srevilak joined the chat room. [9:03pm] jokeefe: ahoy srevilak [9:03pm] jokeefe: jlefty - got a bounce on your email, is it ok? [9:04pm] jokeefe: agenda:,_2015_IRC_Meeting [9:04pm] jokeefe: just doing ids, srevilak [9:04pm] srevilak: hi all. Just getting back from pride marshall training [9:04pm] Jlefty: a bounce? [9:04pm] srevilak: Steve Revilak, Arlington, MA [9:04pm] srevilak: jokeefe: Jlefty's email is "gmx" not "bmx" [9:05pm] jokeefe: oh, will fix then [9:05pm] Jlefty: yes haha it's at [9:05pm] jokeefe: Review [9:05pm] jokeefe: PirateCon 2015 - videos and slide decks - any progress? [9:06pm] noe: first video for keynote is cut [9:06pm] noe: will be broadcast on SCATV starting Monday [9:06pm] igel: ah werd [9:07pm] noe: i'll try to cut more video when i get back from Switzerland (i'm there from the 14th to the 21st) [9:07pm] igel: im trying to find contacts at scatv [9:07pm] jokeefe: graat, can we get it up on our youtube account? [9:07pm] jokeefe: can you put the raw video up for others to work on in the interrum? [9:08pm] igel: someone from berkman mentioned cctv too hmm [9:08pm] igel: they stream too right, hmm [9:09pm] Jlefty: I'd be game to cut up some footage. [9:09pm] noe: jokeefe: you and i can meet at SCATV sometime. Their hours are here [9:09pm] Kendra joined the chat room. [9:09pm] igel: hi kendra [9:09pm] Kendra: hi all [9:09pm] jokeefe: sounds good, noe, maybe this weekend? [9:09pm] jokeefe: hi Kendra [9:10pm] jokeefe: agenda:,_2015_IRC_Meeting [9:10pm] noe: jokeefe: maybe? i'm booked solid through the SCATV hours unfurtunately [9:10pm] noe: the raw files are large [9:10pm] jokeefe: lets talk off line. Got a harddisk [9:11pm] noe: sure. if anyone has any formats they love, let me know [9:11pm] jokeefe: thank you noe [9:11pm] jokeefe: Anyone want to do an update on Point to Point Camp? [9:12pm] igel: brb [9:12pm] noe: I'd never been to an unconference before! [9:12pm] noe: I think the ACLUM did a pretty good job getting it together [9:13pm] js0000 joined the chat room. [9:13pm] noe: Overall, people who approached us in the CryptoCouchCorner were interested in cryptography and secure communication [9:13pm] js0000: ahoy! [9:13pm] aquaticonions: could someone explain what P2P was all about? [9:13pm] jokeefe: ahoy! [9:13pm] noe: Some people had less crypto questions and more general questions [9:14pm] Kendra: hi all [9:14pm] noe: [9:15pm] noe: it was mainly for lawyers, journalists and technologists: I think we counted as technologists, mostly [9:15pm] aquaticonions: ok [9:15pm] jokeefe: P2P focused on security and privacy issues, both personal and public policy. There were different talks, food and of course our cryptoparty corner [9:15pm] igel: lo [9:15pm] Kendra: Talked about racism and surveillance, had a decent turnout [9:15pm] srevilak: Kendra: it was a good talk [9:16pm] noe: The conference was about Privacy, Transparency and Democracy [9:16pm] noe: Which was super broad [9:16pm] Kendra: The NY Times journalist Mike was interested inour crypto-pparties, he runs Crypto-Harlem and wants to work with us on some of that [9:16pm] aquaticonions: sounds pretty cool [9:16pm] noe: I enjoyed the attitude of most of the presenters, which was that they were up to present whatever anyone was most interested in. [9:17pm] Kendra: It was officially an unconference allowing participants to suggest and present on related topics [9:17pm] noe: A lot of people just broke out into their own groups to learn specific things, which was cool. [9:17pm] Kendra: Overall it was a good outreach opportunity and people seems to be seeing what our vison as Pirates is [9:17pm] jokeefe: ideas on what we could do better in the cryptocorner? [9:18pm] aquaticonions: Yeah, that sounds awesome. wish I could have been there... [9:18pm] Kendra: I guess we still need to reach out to a broader community, but I think we are getting our point across [9:18pm] noe: things we did well: have a diverse group of Pirates [9:18pm] noe: I found that mostly, women asked me questions [9:19pm] noe: Regardless of whether I could truly help them or not, so its good for us to try to represent ourselves broadly at these things. [9:19pm] jokeefe: yay! [9:20pm] Kendra: One more thing, our crypto corner was pretty popular and we got a few people set up right there. I think offering a hands on session lets you talk to people more one on one while also accomplishing a task [9:20pm] srevilak: noe makes a good point. Having diversity in people manning the cryptocorner helped, imho [9:21pm] noe: srevilak was a superstar! [9:21pm] Kendra: They liked the zines [9:21pm] noe: srevilak helped someone for what seemed like several hours. I was impressed with srevilak's patience. [9:21pm] noe: paper_waves was another superstar [9:22pm] noe: (don't see them on right now) [9:22pm] Kendra: I think that lady comes into my restaurant [9:22pm] srevilak: yes, the zines were a hit. We should make more of them [9:22pm] jokeefe: I liked the breath of the questions: besides the usual PGP ?, also had ones on just keeping clear of cookies and the like [9:22pm] Jlefty: agreed the zines are awesome [9:23pm] igel: does keybase still do inv? i have one mo [9:23pm] Kendra: I liked the dad I helped with his son, who was getting bored. I told the kid I was showing him how to send secret messages and he perked up a bit [9:23pm] Kendra: Anyway it was a refreshing evnt [9:24pm] Kendra: My roommate is embarassed that we were there and FSF was not [9:24pm] jokeefe: any update on International Day against DRM? [9:26pm] Kendra: I was not able to attend. [9:27pm] Kendra: My roommate just told me Zak Rogoff said there was a decent turnout. Micky went, too, i can ask her. [9:27pm] noe: derp [9:27pm] noe: I hope it went well. [9:28pm] jokeefe: Moving on are we all settled with Pirate Council Responsibilities? [9:29pm] aquaticonions: think so [9:29pm] noe: i'm all set [9:30pm] bestpiggy: yes. [9:30pm] Kendra: I am taking a break for the time being. [9:31pm] jokeefe: So we didn’t convince you to stay as an Arbitrator, Kendra? [9:34pm] jokeefe: There are some administrative items I posted with the updates I know about [9:34pm] aquaticonions: I think she might have meant that she was going to be afk for a moment [9:36pm] Jlefty: I've got a question: [9:36pm] jokeefe: sure [9:37pm] Jlefty: How do I get the info for new members so I can reach out to them, since I'm swarmwise director? [9:37pm] jokeefe: once you have a crew account, you should be able to access all of our supporters [9:38pm] Jlefty: Okay cool. [9:38pm] srevilak: jokeefe: at some point, we need to do a mailchimp -> civi switch [9:38pm] jokeefe: yes, sooner the better [9:38pm] srevilak: At moment, not all supporters are in crew [9:39pm] srevilak: we can work out logistics later [9:39pm] noe: (doodle poll?) [9:39pm] jokeefe: yes, we should meet [9:41pm] jokeefe: Suggested objectives for 2016 ? [9:41pm] Kendra: Jlefty: Start with people you know. Invite people to events tell people about the campaigns we are working on like the TPP awareness. [9:42pm] Kendra: Try not to be obnoxious or cult like in your approach [9:42pm] jokeefe: lol [9:42pm] Jlefty: Okay sounds good. Hahah I'll try not to be culty [9:42pm] Jlefty: do we have a stock leaflet I can DL and print [9:42pm] aquaticonions: If we know people who are supporters that aren't really involved in any way, do you have suggestions for how to connect them? [9:44pm] Kendra: We have events that we put together and we do the graphics ourselves generally. I did one of the flyers for the last conference. So it is a DIY thing. Youare welcome to be creative. [9:44pm] noe: what i tend to do is let supporters know about events, as well as ask them for input. [9:44pm] jokeefe: we put together a call script that likely needs ot be updated [9:45pm] aquaticonions: Like is there an email list I can get them onto? [9:45pm] noe: for some of the supporters, they can't necessarily make physical events. [9:45pm] Jlefty: Cool, I think the TPP can be a good opportunity for us to show our relevance to the non crypto type [9:46pm] Kendra: Do we have a Pride parade flyer? [9:46pm] noe: Yes! They can sign up for emails via [9:46pm] srevilak: aquaticonions: at the moment,, look for "Keep in touch" they can sign up there [9:46pm] jokeefe: not yet, Kendra [9:46pm] aquaticonions: ok, thanks [9:46pm] noe: We don't spam the list a lot: [9:46pm] srevilak: Jlefty: from campaigns > dashboard > petitions [9:47pm] srevilak: TPP petition got a number of signers [9:47pm] noe: (so many links!) [9:47pm] igel: thats great news [9:48pm] Jlefty: srevilak: that link brought me to a "page not found" [9:48pm] srevilak: Jlefty: start from [9:49pm] noe: I should mention, aquaticonions, that if you ask someone for input, they may give it to you. [9:49pm] noe: Use your best judgement. [9:49pm] aquaticonions: Yes, I've already experienced that [9:50pm] noe: *salutes effort* [9:50pm] jokeefe: What would everyone like us to have accomplished by the end of 2015? [9:50pm] igel: deploy a bunch of meshnets [9:51pm] srevilak: identify at least three candidates who are interested in running for office by 2016 [9:52pm] igel: recruit folk interested in running for office [9:52pm] aquaticonions: agreed [9:52pm] jokeefe: just 3? [9:52pm] noe: three is doable! [9:52pm] aquaticonions: it's a good starting number [9:52pm] noe: we can go further to five? i mean, last time it was 4-ish? [9:52pm] Jlefty: I am so down to run for office. I just don't know which postion specifically to go for [9:53pm] jokeefe: local is the best [9:53pm] aquaticonions: I can't run for municipal/state office because I'm a minor, but I'm running for Technology Board at my high school... that's pretty local [9:54pm] srevilak: aquaticonions: excellent [9:54pm] Kendra: Run for student council as a mass Pirate [9:54pm] Jlefty: that's great! [9:54pm] noe: that sounds neat! what would your duties be? [9:54pm] jokeefe: nice! [9:54pm] aquaticonions: basically I help the school make decisions about how they distribute and use tech [9:55pm] aquaticonions: so, how much learning should go on with iPads, and so on [9:55pm] srevilak: perhaps next step would be to come up with 2-3 short-term tactical goals, and 2-3 longer term strategic goals? [9:55pm] aquaticonions: If I get elected, I'm going to try to get rid of the web filter [9:56pm] noe: aquaticonions: i like it! [9:56pm] jokeefe: cool! [9:56pm] aquaticonions: Is it cool if I run as a pirate? [9:56pm] jokeefe: pirates don’t ask permission [9:56pm] js0000 left the chat room. (Remote host closed the connection) [9:57pm] aquaticonions: just making sure [9:57pm] srevilak: aquaticonions: cool by me [9:57pm] Kendra: Are we speaking specifically to electoral goals like, getting so and so elected to mayor, or are we talking about broader more philosophical goals like trying to solve all the world's problems , btw? There is a lot of real estate, not that we can do every thing. [9:57pm] jokeefe: other suggestions on goals [9:57pm] igel: sall good [9:57pm] jokeefe: any goals are good, Kendra [9:57pm] Kendra: Like keeping TPP from getting passed is one [9:58pm] noe: i like it as a goal [9:58pm] noe: (the USPP may have it as a goal, too) [9:58pm] igel: monsanto is the worst [9:58pm] Kendra: Mandatory citizens oversight panels on city with high incidents of police brutality [9:58pm] Kendra: cities [9:58pm] jokeefe: like it! [9:58pm] igel: all that intl. lawsuit matter, just. [9:58pm] igel: junk* [9:58pm] Kendra: Free software in all public schools [9:59pm] aquaticonions: that sounds like a good one [9:59pm] igel: they even put in pisco, re; peru and chile [9:59pm] noe: March Against Monsanto is May 23 if peopl are interested in going this year [9:59pm] aquaticonions: just one thing about Monsanto [9:59pm] Wiel_ left the chat room. (Read error: Connection reset by peer) [9:59pm] noe: (sorry, May 24) [9:59pm] Jlefty: I'll be there, pirate or civilian [10:00pm] igel: fliers on marketbaskets [10:00pm] jokeefe: who can make it? [10:00pm] aquaticonions: This is just my opinion, but we should make sure that we separate the two points of conflict with Monsanto [10:00pm] igel: i know some1 might [10:00pm] Jlefty: can consensus on the march against monsanto be done via doodle? [10:00pm] igel: and me, [10:00pm] aquaticonions: we can all agree that the intellectual property issues with them are horrible [10:01pm] Jlefty: and of course the seeds that contain DRM [10:01pm] aquaticonions: but the actual genetic modification issue should be a separate one that should be examined on its own merits [10:01pm] jokeefe: if we have at least two who can go, then it is a pirate event [10:01pm] noe: (sorry, May 23 2-4pm copley square: [10:01pm] aquaticonions: Jlefty yes, that included [10:02pm] aquaticonions: and not just lumped in with the issues with Monsanto [10:03pm] noe: of which there are many [10:03pm] aquaticonions: because they aren't some evil gigantic corporation; they're just a normal, immoral mid-sized company that takes advantage of this country's broken intellectual property laws [10:03pm] jokeefe: nice summary [10:03pm] igel: its mnc [10:03pm] aquaticonions: thank you *bows* [10:03pm] jokeefe: we are at time. [10:04pm] noe: i think people like to portray them as evil so we don't end up looking at fixing the system. *applause* [10:04pm] aquaticonions: ok I should finish my homework [10:04pm] aquaticonions: I have APs coming up [10:04pm] aquaticonions: bai [10:04pm] aquaticonions left the chat room. (Quit: Web client closed) [10:04pm] jokeefe: good luck! [10:04pm] igel: i have a keybase invite left [10:04pm] noe: best of luck [10:04pm] jokeefe: motion to adjourn? [10:04pm] noe: so moved [10:04pm] noe: second? [10:04pm] jokeefe: 2nd? [10:04pm] srevilak: second [10:04pm] jokeefe: all in favor? [10:04pm] igel: yar [10:05pm] Kendra: ayr [10:05pm] noe: yarrr [10:05pm] Jlefty: third [10:05pm] bestpiggy: aye [10:05pm] jokeefe: aye [10:05pm] Kendra: nite all [10:05pm] jokeefe: thanks all! I will post the minutes