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December 12th – 2016 Holiday Party at the Cedar Door

It’s that time of year again! Join us for the EFF-Austin Holiday party on Monday, December 12th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the backroom of The Cedar Door at 201 Brazos Street. We will have a full open bar for our guests to make use of (suggested 2 drinks per person), as well as free appetizers courtesy of The Cedar Door.

EFF-Austin (Electronic Frontier Foundation of Austin) is a local advocacy, educational, and community-organizational group that promotes bringing together those interested in learning about the myriad ways in which our ever evolving digital culture affects our communities and our societies. We host monthly meetups featuring speakers on a variety of topics – recent discussions have included Austin’s Regional Intelligence Center, technology and its role in voter empowerment, an overview of the internet’s Domain Name System, digital literacy, and cyborg civil liberties. In addition to this learning, EFF-Austin hopes to provide a resource whereby those interested in creating change in our digital world can meet like-minded minds and have a community to collaborate with and support them in their endeavors.

In addition to the party serving as a chance to get to know our fellow digital citizens in a more relaxed setting, the party is a great opportunity to learn about what’s planned for EFF-Austin in the coming year. Like last year, EFF-Austin has recently welcomed several new board members from diverse backgrounds, bringing us to a fully-staffed board of nine members. We have also seen the appointment of a new president and forged many new relationships with volunteers and other community groups. Given recent events in our country, we find EFF-Austin’s mission more vital than ever, and we hope that you will be inspired to get involved and help us create a free and open digital future for everyone. To that end, we highly encourage you, our fellow digital citizens, to let us know what you would like to see from EFF-Austin in the coming months.

No RSVP required, but we only have room for about 100 attendees at a time, so if you want to make sure you get in RSVP here to get on the list: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eff-austins-2016-holiday-party-at-the-cedar-door-tickets-29832314255

Sponsored by

Polycot Associates
http://polycotassociates.com/

Ed Cavazos, EFF-Austin Board Member

Warren G. Hanes, EFF-Austin Advisor

Changing of the Guard

For a decade and a half, I’ve served as President of EFF-Austin – and I put in additional years as both Vice President and President in the 90s. It’s been a great ride: while I was president, we worked hard in support of digital freedom, worked with coalitions global and local in the interest of Internet freedom and privacy, held many public meetings and events, spent some time lobbying the Texas legislature via Save Muni Wireless and the Texas Electronic Privacy Coalition. We’ve accomplished a lot, and we’ll continue to do more – but I won’t be at the helm.

Last week I resigned as President of EFF-Austin, and the Board of Directors, while accepting my resignation, elected a new President, Kevin Welch. Kevin has been organizing, managing and leading EFF-Austin’s monthly meetups. I’m happy to place the leadership of EFF-Austin in his very capable hands. Kevin describes himself as “an idealistic dreamer and an omnivore of knowledge.” He brings a great renewed energy to the office of EFF-Austin President.

I’ll still serve on the EFF-Austin Board of Directors, and look forward to another great year of commitment to its mission in 2017.

Onward!

~ Jon Lebkowsky

All Hail!

In a reverse beer hall putsch, Jon Lebkowsky has finally ousted himself as president of EFF-Austin. He was able to achieve this without defenestrating himself. The lamentations and mourning of the commoners will be long and loud. Dentists in the area are being warned to prepare for a flood of teeth gnashing patients. Retailer clothing stocks are surging on the rumors swirling around the event due to the expected rending of garments.

Kevin Welch, the newly anointed successor, is starting his reign by cutting himself off from the populace, and limiting attendance to an upcoming traditional seasonal celebratory event to a mere 100 of his faithful followers. He’s demanded tribute from other members of the board to support his celebrations this year and next year. Rumors abound that he is expected to seize control of the channels of communications, and is plotting to update the web site to glorify his new status.