Watch the debate in the house now:
http://www.c-span.org/Live-Video/C-SPAN/ - Edit: Debate is now over)
The debate was moved up from tomorrow 4/27/2012.
The house passed CISPA 248-168; this is not the end, but it clarifies what we’re facing. To see who supported or opposed this bill, see http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll192.xml
Read the bill (It’s only 13 pages):
Press Release Excerpt from the Massachusetts Pirate Party
CISPA is would allow federal and state governments to request detailed records of what we send over the Internet from telecommunications companies. Since the bill is intended for:
“the protection of a system or network from … theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property”
we believe that CISPA would make it possible for telecommunications companies to actively monitor private communications over their networks in order to detect and censor transfers of copyrighted content. Telecommunications companies would not be required to anonymize the information they gather and so the personal details of users would be handed over to governments to use as they wish.
Archives will be available later.
This weekend Pirate Party International is holding its annual conference in Prague. Florida will be applying for observer status, US Pirate Andrew Norton is running for Co-Chair, and Canadian/US Pirate Travis McCrea is running for a position on the board. Log on to the stream and give them your support! There will also be a good deal of other pirate shenanigans, though it will likely be more serious than in previous years given the recent success in Europe.
Thanks to Pirates Without Borders, anyone is able to ‘attend’ the conference from their computer via http://www.pirate-streaming.net.
For more information on the conference, you can check out the PPI Wiki here: PPI Conference Wiki
Keep track of future PPI activities on their website: http://www.pp-international.net
Temporary Pirate National Committee
Voting: Monday 2/6 9:00 PM EST – Tuesday 2/7 6:00 PM PST
The Pirate National Committee (PNC) will be established to promote, support, and maintain communication & cooperation between pirate parties around the United States of America, as well as those at the international level.
A temporary steering committee will be formed to act as the USPP’s Pirate National Committee (PNC) for a period of up to six months, to be disbanded by July 3rd, 2012.
The PNC will be tasked with developing, by July 4th, 2012 (or other suitable date), an official constitution and a system for decision-making, communications tracking, accurate documentation, and sharing of information through multiple channels of communication such as social media, official websites, and wikis. To that end, it will be expected to meet the Goals and Objectives listed below.
The PNC will be formed of a single representative from each active state organization already in existence and one ‘at-large’ member representing states that do not yet have a party. State parties that form after this document is adopted can observe and comment, but will continue to be represented by the at-large member.
Representatives will be chosen by the state organization they represent in whatever manner that state organization deems suitable. This delegate will be expected to attend the majority of USPP meetings and participate in a majority of votes.
Those state organizations expected to be eligible for a seat as of the adoption of this proposal are as follows:
- New York
- One (1) ‘At-Large’ representative to represent all other US pirates not represented by the above state parties.
State organizations may decline a seat. These seats are not permanent and will be subject to those guidelines designated in the official constitution (See below).
The PNC will act as a representative for the Pirate movement within the United States and delegate such responsibilities however it see fits, including the appointment of one or more spokespeople.
The PNC will also have the ability to promote the Pirate Party brand and message nationally and internationally.
The PNC will, among other things:
- Help state parties to coordinate their activities & communication;
- Acquire, utilize, and supply resources for the United States Pirate Party;
- Post and promote meetings logs;
- Document all decisions and votes;
- Support relevant committees;
- Manage media relations and produce press statements.
No decision or appointment of the PNC will be considered permanent; any decisions or appointments made by the PNC during this time will be suspended upon dissolution of the temporary steering committee and must be reviewed and accepted by the newly formed permanent PNC before coming back into effect. Any decisions not accepted at this time will expire immediately and any decisions not reviewed will expire by August 1st, 2012.
Objectives & Goals:
1. Establish a committee to collect all ideas and suggestions pertaining to the PNC, devise a basic and neutral structure, narrow these down to no more than 3 options per section, and arrange these in such a way that they can be voted on independently by the general membership of the US Pirate Party before the final product goes for official vote. The PNC temporary council would be responsible for monitoring and managing this committee to ensure deadlines are set and met.
2. Establish a committee to investigate the possibility of a LiquidFeedback style voting system
3. Develop a system for tracking communications and decision making, documenting this, and sharing through multiple channels of communication such as social media, official websites, and wikis.
4. Establish a committee for the purpose of managing USPP IT resources and support this committee in the publishing of a new USPP website; in addition, this committee will be expected to:
- Produce a website template and website hosting for states to use; these websites should only be used for Pirate Party activities and admins will be allowed to take action should this trust be violated.
- Manage USPP resources such as domain names, donated server space, contact lists, listservs, and information databases
- Ensure the security of personal data and Pirate websites – a security policy must be developed which covers our preventative measures against and responses to system failures, hacking, and DDoS-style attacks. as well as adheres to data protection standards.
5. Make official the USPP Press committee. This committee will be responsible for:
a. Maintaining party-member and party-supporter comunications
b. Developing press policy
c. Updating and promoting a FAQ and Media answers page
d. Responding to media requests
f. Supporting the USPP spokespersons with information and organization
At yesterday’s meeting , we decided to push forward with a proposal for the Pirate National Committee. This particular proposal would enable a temporary ‘steering council’ to take the reins and begin moving us forward – the primary goal (other than managing day-to-day operations) would be to ensure the timely development of a permanent PNC constitution. The council would consist of one representative from each of the active state organizations, plus one ‘at-large’ representative.
The proposal is still a work in progress and can be viewed and commented upon here: https://pnc.piratenpad.de/14
The official time of voting will be from 6:00 PM PST Monday 2/6 – 6:00 PM PST Tuesday 2/7…that is, from Monday evening to the beginning of next week’s USPP meeting. This coming meeting will be moderated by jokeefe of the Massachusetts Pirate Party..
The vote will be held on this website and will require that you register. If you have not registered yet, please do so by Saturday 2/4; this is because on midnight Saturday night, we will cut off registration for us.pirate.is accounts until the voting period is finished.
Please go to https://pnc.piratenpad.de/14 and contribute to the proposal. It will be finalized by the end of Saturday night and will be up for all to consider before being held to a vote.
Remember, You Are A Pirate!
Meeting Date: Every Tuesday 6:00-7:00 PM PST or 9:00-10:00 PM EST
Location: PirateIRC Channel #uspp
irc.pirateirc.net – port 6667 (clear) and 6697 (SSL)
Channel – #uspp
Meeting Date: Tuesday November 8th, 6:00-7:00 PM PST (9:00-10:00 PM EST) and following Tuesdays
(Hopefully this will be early enough for our friends on the east coast, but late enough for those of us on the west to leave work.)
Location: PirateIRC Channel #uspp
- irc.pirateirc.net – port 6667 (clear) and 6697 (SSL)
- uk.pirateirc.net – port 6667 (clear) and 6697 (SSL)
- au.pirateirc.net – port 6667 (clear) and 6697 (SSL)
To connect through your browser: https://webchat.pirateirc.net/?nick=&channels=uspp
- Solidify the future and structure of the USPP.
- Keep each state abreast of developments within the other.
- Share information and communicate.
- Develop new state groups.
On behalf of the Washington Pirate Party, we welcome you to us.pirate.is. WAPP wishes to utilize this Icelandic-hosted, top-level domain to help bring together people that are sensitive to the many issues surrounding the freedom of information, individual privacy, and the open sharing of knowledge and culture.
As the newly elected chairman of WAPP’s board of directors, I wish to extend an invitation to all current and future Pirate Party leaders within the United States of America. In retrospect of the closure of the United States Pirate Party earlier this year, I would like to assist in the creation of a Pirate National Committee.
The PNC would exist only to facilitate national and international communications between Pirate Parties. They would have no direct influence over any state organization nor any control over any state organization’s governing rules or operations. The PNC would gather and organize the many aspects of forming and maintaining a healthy Pirate Party within the United States. The PNC would assist, only when asked by a developing or mature state organization, to counsel any state organization in need of a predefined scope of support.
The PNC would be composed of one representative of a state recognized organization from all 50 states, having filed with their state and keeping their organization in good standing with the state. These state representatives who would make up the PNC should meet monthly to bolster the organizational capabilities of the state parties on a national and international level, offering support where the PNC is needed. Any representative serving the PNC would have his or her skills prioritized firstly to their state that they represent.
Duties of state representatives who make up the PNC would include voting in and out recognized state organizations as they form and dissolve. Another would be to document and organize information pertinent to state organizations, and to publish that information on one of the many pirate.is sub-domains including us.pirate.is and wiki.pirate.is. The PNC would also elect a single, national representative to hold general-membership with Pirate Party International.
State representatives should be elected by their state organization for their leadership qualities including sound communication skills, an ability to give constructive feedback, and the empathy to deal with individuals as opinionated as yourself. Standing behind your ideals without appreciating your peer’s work and/or knowledge would be unacceptable.
If you’re a member of a Pirate-Party-oriented, state-recognized organization, I welcome those organizations interested to contact WAPP directly at email@example.com. Any announcements concerning any PNC developments would be made public on this site, but I need to be able to communicate directly with interested organizations. Please comment with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. Let’s make this happen.
BOD Chairman, Washington Pirate Party