This weekend I’m traveling to Boston to be a guest speaker at PirateCon 2016. My topic will be The Dark Web. The keynote speaker will be Aaron James, Massachusetts Pirate Party candidate for 27th Middlesex State Representative.
PirateCon is a yearly event held by the Massachusetts Pirate Party. I attended last year to do research for my book How Peer To Peer (P2P) File Sharing Is Shaping the Internet.
The Pirate Party was founded 10 years ago in Sweden and in a short time has become an international social and political movement. Sixty countries have a Pirate Party. The Pirate Party is the leading political party in Iceland. Eight states in the United States have a Pirate Party with the largest in Massachusetts.
The United State States auto industry loses approximately $3 billion a year to counterfeit parts. One of the most dangerous counterfeits is counterfeit airbags. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a consumer safety advisory to alert vehicle owners and repair professionals to the dangers of counterfeit air bags in 2012. The problem emerged as the result of the sale of counterfeit air bags for use as replacement parts in vehicles that had been involved in a crash. While these air bags looked nearly identical to certified, original equipment parts—including bearing the insignia and branding of major automakers — NHTSA testing showed consistent malfunctioning ranging from non-deployment of the air bag to the expulsion of metal shrapnel during deployment.
Concerned consumers should contact the car manufacturer’s call center. The full list of call centers and additional information are available at www.SaferCar.gov.