The Internet of Things continues to grow all around us. What challenges for security, privacy, and digital rights do IoT systems present? (Updated) Michael Hathaway and Diane Bernard will co-present a detailed introduction to IoT, including their current projects in the space and vision of its future. Following this, Veteran security researcher Todd Manning will present on IoT security across the corporate, public, and private sectors and how privacy might change as IoT matures. We’ll wrap up with a Q&A and open discussion.

Time: Monday, November 17, 7pm-9pm
Location: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TX
Speakers:

Free pizza and drinks will be provided. Donations welcome!

Validated parking is available in the Omni garage. Details:
http://capitalfactory.com/about/parking/

If you can’t make it in person, a live stream will be up during the event:
http://capitalfactory.lifesize.com/videos/livestreams/page1/
http://youtu.be/OiLpe3–ZB8

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At our meetup this past Monday, October 20th, Gregory Foster presented on the asymmetry in data flow between United States government entities and the public. Communities like MuckRock have arisen to streamline open records requests, but scaling and improving the data dialog remains difficult, and many agencies have become cautious about ‘Government 2.0′ efforts post-Snowden. How can we “Think globally, act locally” on these issues here in Austin? We discussed these and related topics — ComputerCOP, IMSI Catcher detectors, and Automated License Plate Readers.

Big thanks to Capital Factory for hosting us and providing this recording. (Note: You can use the bottom-right button to toggle between Greg and the room. Neat!)

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Here’s a video about the dangers of using ComputerCOP software, which has been distributed by hopefully unwitting law enforcement organizations:

In 2011, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office distributed 5,000 copies of ComputerCOP with keylogger.

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Two weeks ago, Ed Cavazos led an interactive talk on the legal complexities and challenges around property, possession, and access in virtual worlds. You can watch the full video recording here thanks to our friends at Capital Factory.

Ed’s talk begins immediately. Discussion goes from 0:19 to 1:44.

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