Last week’s EFF-Austin meetup featured informative presentations and a lively interactive discussion on cryptocurrencies. My recording of the meetup, along with links to the speakers’ presentations and topics from the Q&A, is now available:

EFF-Austin August Meetup Audio + Links — Soundcloud

You can also listen below. Mouse over the bottom of the waveform to see where each speaker begins.


When: Monday, August 18, 2014 7pm-9pm
Where: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TX

opengraphThis month’s meetup will focus on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Several speakers will introduce participants to core cryptocurrency concepts while sharing local innovations in the thriving Bitcoin economy.

Several speakers will give ten-minute talks on:

  • Core Technical Concepts (the blockchain and distributed transaction validation network)
  • Alt-Cryptocurrencies
  • Mining
  • Helpful Economic Concepts
  • Emerging legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Bitcoin 2.0 – the future being built now

We’ll wind up with a rich Q&A session with all of our local experts. Whether you’re new or an active entrepreneur, come connect with us and local cryptocurrency communities.

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EFF-Austin had a great interactive meeting July 21, with Tom Brown presenting on “21st Century Virtual Identity” and more. Stephen Torrence agreed to record the meeting and post it at Soundcloud. He’s also taken time to annotate the recording.

[Link to the recording]
[Link to Tom Brown's slides]

And here’s the recording, if you just want to play it from here:


When: Monday, July 21, 2014 7pm-9pm
Where: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TX

Tom Brown at IIW

Tom Brown at IIW. Photo by ValeskaUX

Speaker: Tom Brown, with an update of his June 1, 2011 talk on Internet Identity

The commercialization of the web and the spread of mobile devices have increasingly changed how we identify ourselves and interact with each other online.  In this meeting, we’ll consider what might be at stake as this evolution progresses, and how we might have more control over our digital identity and personal data.

Bio: Tom Brown is an open source software developer who can be found on as herestomwiththeweather. Tom has added OpenID, OAuth and OpenTransact to popular open source ruby projects and has attended most of the identity workshops since IIW7. Tom co-founded SuperBorrowNet, Inc. and maintains the os currency project in use by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibilty and timebanks in the Bay Area, Chicago and Athens, Greece.

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