For our May meetup, we have invited two Digital Archivists from the University of Texas to lead a discussion on a vast and unique challenge — preserving the huge, complex, and rapidly growing volume of information that our modern culture produces.

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For our April meetup, we invited APD Commander Ely Reyes, activist Debbie Russell, and community organizer Andrew Bucknall to lead a discussion on the push for law enforcement officers to wear body cameras, examining the implications for civil liberties, privacy, public safety, and police accountability.

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March Meetup: #EFFsalon at SXSW

by Stephen Torrence

For our March meetup, in collaboration with EFF we hosted a “Salon” event during the SXSW festival. Speakers included NSA Whistleblower William Binney, writer Bruce Sterling, and many other advocates for civil liberties on the electronic frontier.

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For our February meetup, technology lawyer and writer Chris Brown will examine how the blockchain (Bitcoin’s core technology) is spreading into other areas—from programmable money and smart property to distributed corporations and voting systems—and explore the implications for cyberliberties.

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Cory Doctorow Rejoins EFF to Eradicate DRM Everywhere

January 20, 2015

San Francisco – Leading digital rights champion and author Cory Doctorow has rejoined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to battle the pervasive use of dangerous digital rights management (DRM) technologies that threaten users’ security and privacy, distort markets, confiscate public rights, and undermine innovation. Doctorow will be a special consultant to the Apollo 1201 Project, […]

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January Meetup: Lobbying for Location Privacy in Texas

January 2, 2015
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The Texas Electronic Privacy Coalition has fought to protect Texans’ digital privacy since 2013. Last session they successfully lobbied to protect emails with a search warrant. Now they’re back for more. This session, TxEPC is lobbying to protect your sensitive GPS and cell phone location data under a warrant too. Come learn about StingRays, tower […]

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Internet Code Ring (@jonl’s 1993 interview with Phil Zimmerman, creator of PGP)

December 15, 2014

Discovered that this interview is no longer findable online, so I’m republishing it here. A version of this was published in bOING bOING (the ‘zine) in 1993 or 1994. We were sitting in a circle on the floor at the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference, March ’93 in San Francisco, St. Jude and I with […]

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December Meetup: Surveillance Self-Defense Workshop

December 8, 2014
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Learn how to protect your privacy and defend your digital communications from government and corporate surveillance. This is a hands-on interactive workshop, so bring your phone and laptop! We’ll start with a short presentation introducing threat modeling, encryption, and the current array of free and open-source tools recommended by EFF. Then we’ll break up into small groups […]

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November Meetup Recap — Security and Privacy on the Internet of Things

November 25, 2014

Last Monday we welcomed three speakers from the Austin area to present on emerging security and privacy issues particular to the Internet of Things. You can watch the entire meetup here. You can view and download the presented slideshows here: How IoT Is Changing the Internet (Michael Hathaway / Diane Bernard) Privacy on the Series […]

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November Meetup: Security and Privacy on the Internet of Things

November 3, 2014

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 […]

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