On March 9, 2010, EFF-Austin sponsored an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the raid on Steve Jackson Games, which became the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s first prominent case when Steve sued the U.S. Secret Service, and which inspired the founding of EFF-Austin. Our event included a panel featuring Steve Jackson, Austin attorney Pete Kennedy (who argued the case), Bruce Sterling (author of Hacker Crackdown) and EFF-Austin President Jon Lebkowsky. We’ve just unearthed and uploaded video of the event.



How does a journalist get his facts? Investigative journalist Ken Martin of The Austin Bulldog walks through actual investigations behind the stories he’s written. For example, the Austin City Council’s violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act that resulted in an immediate county attorney’s investigation that lasted 20 months and resulted in the entire city council having to sign deferred prosecution agreements to keep from being charged and prosecuted and, if convicted, sentenced to one to six months in jail. Or his detailed analysis of campaign spending in the 2014 elections of mayor and council under 10-1, and the mapping of 40 years of data on where mayors and council members lived when elected, showing substantial geographic disparities. How the “Fourth Estate” ensures transparency, and the challenges that face journalists and citizens who need to know the machinations that drive policy and action.

Join us!
Monday, August 17, 2015
Capital Factory (Austin Centre Executive Suites, 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701 – 16th floor)
Guest Speaker: Ken Martin, Editor, Austin Bulldog



EFF-Austin Celebrates The 25th Anniversary Of The Electronic Frontier Foundation At Black Star Co-op

Twenty five years ago marks the founding of The Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, one of the nation’s foremost defenders and advocates for digital rights. Shortly thereafter, EFF-Austin was founded as the first and to this day only local chapter of The EFF. Over the subsequent years, EFF-Austin has been at the vanguard of keeping our local citizens up to date on the latest happenings in the electronic frontier, hosting regular meetups with a variety of illuminating public speakers at the forefront of research and public policy in our increasingly digital world. We’ve accomplished a lot in this time, and in celebration we’re throwing a big party at Black Star Co-op on Monday, July 20th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm to which you are all invited. Come on out and drink, eat, and be merry with your fellow digital citizens while we reflect on where we’ve been and look forward to figuring out all the exciting places we have yet to go!

Sponsored by

pillsburyPillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
111 Congress, Suite 400 | Austin, TX 78701


EFF-Austin will have no meetup in June. We’ll have information about our July meetup soon!


May Meetup: Archiving the Electronic Frontier

May 7, 2015
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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. Video Now Available

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April Meetup: Law Enforcement Body Cameras

April 13, 2015
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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. Video Now Available

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March Meetup: #EFFsalon at SXSW

April 1, 2015
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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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February Meetup: Beyond the Blockchain

February 2, 2015
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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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