Where: Austin Pizza Garden, 6266 W Hwy 290, Austin, TX 78735
When: Every Friday at 6:30pm til ? (never later than 11pm)
What: DINNER! Pizza, Stromboli, Lasagna, Mozzarella Sticks, Draft and Bottled Beer, moar – menu – PDF
What Else: CONVERSATION! And whatever else tickles our fancy. Free Wi-Fi + power so bring your devices. We’ll be upstairs in the big room.
You might think there’s a definite madness in our method here – and you would be right! Unconventional times call for unconventional thinking! We propose that the creation of a safe and predictable spacetime for socializing, commiseration, and concocting may be just the kind of proposition the nutty Professor Einstein would have raised his pint to, if for no other reason than to demonstrate his post-corporeal acceptance of spooky action at a distance. We propose no agenda, only pizza and beer, and let the conversations take us where they will. Bring your questions. Bring your answers. But most importantly, bring your appetite!
“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. Research funding agencies, universities, and the general public are supporting a move towards Open Access in increasing numbers every year.
Open Access Week, a global event now entering its sixth year, is an opportunity for you to learn about the benefits of Open Access, and to take action to keep the momentum moving forward!
As anyone who has been keeping up with the news lately can tell you, there are a number of ways the American (and global) public is non-consensually forking over data to government surveillance agencies. While warrantless surveillance is an extremely important topic of discussion, we should also consider our responsibility to know what personal information we are willingly surrendering hundreds, if not thousands, of times per day. What rights are we abandoning simply by a blind click?
The documentary film Terms and Conditions May Apply addresses these instances of surrender embedded deep within the damn near impossible fine print of the terms of service contracts we “Accept” every day. Austin has a unique opportunity to view this film and participate in a live Q&A with the documentary’s director, Cullen Hoback, following the screening. The documentary explains how some of America’s most valued companies are in the business of selling your personal information, which they acquire with every app you download, e-mail you send, website you visit, phone call you make, page you “Like”, and search term you google. These companies’ privacy policies serve not to protect, but to profit from, the information you share. The services they provide are free to use but at an immeasurable cost to our civil liberties.
The film will make you wonder: Is there any reasonable expectation of privacy on the internet anymore? Is it possible to collectively demand that our right to privacy be restored? Join us next week to discuss these questions and attempt to find out just how far down the digital rabbit hole goes.
EFF-Austin’s Jon Lebkowsky and Gregory Foster were interviewed by Mark Boyden on KOOP Radio’s “Reflections of Community Outreach” program on June 17, 2013. The conversation ranged across the history of EFF-Austin, the 2013 Texas Legislature session, and NSA domestic spying. http://www.koop.org/schedule/detail.php?ext=info&oa_id=42
TxEPC Action! This Thursday May 9th, the Texas House of Representatives votes on HB1608 to determine whether our state will respect the privacy of your mobile phone geolocation data. Mobile phones are designed to track everywhere they go, and we think law enforcement should have to demonstrate probable cause to a judge before gaining access […]
Hearings at the Texas Legislature were live tweeted by Gregory Foster for EFF-Austin and TxEPC. [View the story "Public Hearing: Texas SB786 and HB1608" on Storify] Public Hearing: Texas SB786 and HB1608 Cellphone tracking legislation. Storified by Jon Lebkowsky· Wed, Mar 27 2013 08:47:46 #HB1608 on cellphone geolocation #privacy will be heard by the Criminal […]
Law enforcement agencies have been allowed, even encouraged, to follow the actions and movements of citizens more closely at a time when digital technologies have amplified their ability to do so, and laws to protect privacy and ensure that the wheels of justice are not rolling over our rights haven’t kept up. EFF-Austin is currently […]
“Freedom of Speech” by Norman Rockwell (1943) One of the most important moments in a piece of legislation’s lifecycle is its public hearing. This is the opportunity for a bill to be formally considered by its assigned committee, and a decision made as to whether the bill will be reported out of committee to the […]
Join the Electronic Frontier Foundation, EFF-Austin, and iSEC Partners for a special gathering to celebrate digital freedom! Learn, discuss, and network with online civil liberties supporters and meet the people behind the world’s leading digital rights organizations. Raise a glass with us and discover what’s next in free expression, digital privacy, and protecting the future […]
EFF-Austin advocates establishment and protection of digital rights and defense of the wealth of digital information, innovation, and technology. We promote the right of all citizens to communicate and share information without unreasonable constraint. We also advocate the fundamental right to explore, tinker, create, and innovate along the frontier of emerging technologies.
In the next few days, the United Nations General Assembly will vote on a draft resolution reaffirming the right to privacy in the digital age. The draft resolution passed out of the UN third committee last week with a strong support of 50 Member States. Now that it's facing the whole 193-members of the United Nations General Assembly, it's time for […]
As we did last year and the year before, EFF welcomes the winter season with a new wishlist of some things we'd love to have happen for the holidays—for us and for all Internet users. These are some of the actions we'd most like to see from companies, governments, organizations, and individuals in the new year.Citizens, organizations, privacy offic […]
Just because a jogger can see the outside of your home on a public street doesn’t mean you’ve surrendered all your privacy expectations in the home. However, that seemingly obvious concept is being put to the test in a federal criminal case in Washington state, which involves the constitutionality of using a camera mounted on a pole outside a house to allow […]
This week, the full House of Representatives will vote on the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309), the best troll-killing bill we've seen so far. This is a big deal: patent reform is sorely needed. The bill passed out of the House Judiciary Committee two weeks ago with a strong, bipartisan 33-5 vote. Now that it's facing the whole House, it's time to m […]
We were disheartened to hear late last week that prominent Egyptian blogger, activist, and friend of EFF Alaa Abd El Fattah was arrested again. According to reports, Abd El Fattah's home was searched, his laptops seized, and wife Manal Hassan beaten by authorities when she demanded to see a warrant. Their two-year-old child was asleep in the next room […]
"Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy: Workshop on Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools" Khaliah Barnes, EPIC Administrative Law Counsel Microsoft Policy & Innovation Center Washington, D.C. December 6, 2013 […]
The Federal Trade Commission has announced a series of workshops on emerging consumer privacy issues. The series will "shine a light on new trends in Big Data and their impact on consumer privacy" and includes three topics: the use of mobile devices to track users in real space; predictive scoring algorithms that determine access to products and of […]
Willis Ware, who helped usher in the computer age and provided the foundation for modern privacy law, passed recently at his home in Santa Monica. He was 93. An electronic engineer by training, Ware had worked with John von Neumann at Princeton on the early designs for digital processing. Fascinated by the social impact of computer technology, he turned quic […]