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The Tyranny Of Contract

Our speaker this month will be Christopher Brown. Christopher Brown is an Austin-based science fiction writer and technology lawyer. He is the World Fantasy Award-nominated author of Tropic of Kansas, a novel published by Harper Voyager in 2017 that Cory Doctorow called “spookily prescient…timely, dark and ultimately hopeful,” NPR described as “a modern dystopian buffet…the nightly news with the volume turned up to 11,” and Booklist said reads like “Cormac McCarthy meets Philip K. Dick.” His novel Rule of Capture, the beginning of a series of speculative legal thrillers about a criminal defense lawyer in an authoritarian USA, is forthcoming from Harper in 2019. He has taken two tech companies public as general counsel, including Austin fintech company NetSpend, led the corporate practice in the Austin office of Baker Botts, and served as a staff lawyer to the Senate Judiciary Committee, experiences he now brings to bear as a solo practitioner focused on the representation of mission-oriented start-ups.

Website: http://christopherbrown.com or brownlawatx.com

Twitter: @NB_Chris

Christopher is going to be speaking to us about the tyranny of contract, about how click-wrap agreements and NDAs have subverted the emancipatory potential of the Internet, indentured its creators, and enabled our current dystopias—and how new technologies may help us build a new paradigm. In the words of Prof. Joshua Fairfield: “If courts won’t protect consumers, robots will.”

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Join us for the discussion from 7:00PM-9:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 9:00PM-10:00PM at Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos St).

Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel. Once on the 16th floor, there should be a sign at the front desk directing you to our meetup. If there is no sign, and no one is on duty at the desk, we are usually in the room to the left of the front desk.

Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive

Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk, reducing the cost from $16 to $5. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/

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The Tyranny Of Contract

Monday, May 14, 2018, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

3 Activists Attending

Our speaker this month will be Christopher Brown. Christopher Brown is an Austin-based science fiction writer and technology lawyer. He is the World Fantasy Award-nominated author of Tropic of Kansas, a novel published by Harper Voyager in 2017 that Cory Doctorow called “spookily prescient…timely, dark and ultimately hopeful,” NPR described as “a m…

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https://www.facebook.com/events/170417760341121/

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April 9th Meetup – Analytic Framing – When Machines Write The News

Our speaker this month will be Glenn W. Smith. Glenn W. Smith, a longtime journalist, consultant, and think-tank thinker, is currently holding seminars with journalists around the country on the power of framing in politics, especially framing in communications regarding the environment. The author of The Politics of Deceit, Smith now writes for the Austin American-Statesman and the Quorum Report. He used to write regularly for the Huffington Post (in its original incarnation!), and his work has appeared in the Texas Observer and other publications.

Smith was a senior fellow at cognitive scientist George Lakoff’s Rockridge Institute in Berkeley. He co-authored several papers with Lakoff on the power of framing in what passes for our political “conversation.” With that background, Smith has been helping journalists better understand framing — that language can often carry meanings or unseen propaganda.

During these seminars, Smith encountered a new threatening trend in journalism: publishers and editors, in their efforts to attract eyeballs, are editing copy based upon analytics. In other words, framing is being turned over to machines. Human judgment be damned. It’s not that editors and publishers haven’t always favored popular terminology. Still, good writers and editors use their judgment to avoid passing along propaganda without filter. But, do algorithms care?

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Join us for the discussion from 7:00PM-9:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 9:00PM-10:00PM at Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos St).

Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel. Once on the 16th floor, there should be a sign at the front desk directing you to our meetup. If there is no sign, and no one is on duty at the desk, we are usually in the room to the left of the front desk.

Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive

Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk, reducing the cost from $16 to $5. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/

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Analytic Framing – When Machines Write The News

Monday, Apr 9, 2018, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

11 Activists Attending

Our speaker this month will be Glenn W. Smith. Glenn W. Smith, a longtime journalist, consultant, and think-tank thinker, is currently holding seminars with journalists around the country on the power of framing in politics, especially framing in communications regarding the environment. The author of The Politics of Deceit, Smith now writes for th…

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https://www.facebook.com/events/348693542301390/

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EFF-Austin Presents The Cypherpunks Strike Back – Tomorrow’s Tech Activism Today

The Cypherpunks Strike Back – Tomorrow’s Tech Activism Today – Sunday, March 11th, 7:00pm-11:00pm, The High Road on Dawson

The annual EFF-Austin Cyberpunk Party is upon us! Check back at this space for additional details as they are confirmed.

In the ongoing crises of our present moment, it is easy to succumb to apathy. Our personal information stolen and compromised, our rights eroded and our privacy erased, our own technological tools weaponized by state and private actors to sow disinformation and distrust. In the midst of all this paranoid confusion, it is tempting to hunker down and hope this futureshock storm will pass us by. We wonder, what can we do to make a difference, to make sure that our rights are protected in a world in desperate need of great cognitive security.

At EFF-Austin’s beloved annual party, we will meet and engage with a variety of modern activists who are showing us how we can fight for a better world where our technology works for and empowers us. Our keynote speakers are Caroline Old Coyote and Michael Running Wolf, Native American VR/AR activists who are using technology to preserve their cultures and heritage. Additional speakers include EFF Investigative Researcher David Maass discussing police surveillance, government transparency, and legislation in California, former EFF-Austin president Jon Lebkowsky, Carly Rose Jackson with Texans For Voter Choice, and Vikki Goodwin, Democratic candidate for Texas House District 47.

In addition to this inspiring group of activists, musical acts will include Michael Garfield, Pilgrimess, and UBA. There will also be custom video game consoles, lockpicking, and cosplay. Finally, leading up to the party will be the world’s first cyborg pride parade.  As the electronic frontier moves into our bodies, it is important that we cyber-libertarians march as allies alongside the cyborgs among us and the cyborgs we will all someday become. What do we want? cyborg rights! When do we want them? Now!  We hope to see you all there!

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7:00pm-7:30pm – Michael Garfield

Michael Garfield writes music for which new words must be invented. Simultaneously tender and apocalyptic, chill and energetic, intensely technical yet vulnerable tunes that re-imagine folk and psychedelic rock alike, updating “solo artist with guitar” to suit our age of planetary renaissance.
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7:30pm-7:40pm – Opening remarks from Kevin Welch, Jon Lebkowsky, Owen McNally

Remarks on the passage of John Perry Barlow (1947-2018)
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7:40pm-8:10pm – Caroline Old Coyote and Michael Running Wolf

Presentation: “Standing Rock is Everywhere – Protect the Sacred”

Connecting the water protector camps on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation with a movement sweeping the nation and addressing the needs of the world – to protest the exploitation of non-renewable energy sources, to protect our water and environment, and to resist the attacks on our humanity and sovereignty.
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8:20pm-8:50pm – Dave Maass

Across the country, battles over free expression and privacy are playing out in statehouses and city council chambers. The Electronic Frontier Foundation–along with local Electronic Frontier Alliance members like EFF Austin–is fighting against police surveillance, overbroad hacking laws, and mandatory porn filters. At the same time, we’re also advancing our rights through transparency ordinances and legislation that would ensure greater access to the Internet. EFF Senior Investigative Researcher will provide an overview of EFF’s activism work, including his quest to file 1,000 public records requests regarding one of the most pernicious forms of police technology, automated license plate readers.
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9:00pm-9:30pm – Pilgrimess

Pilgrimess presides over the religious rituals of the future, playing darkwave jams that are equally soothing and menacing while accompanied by her coterie of masked, dancing spirit animals.
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9:40pm-10:00pm – Vikki Goodwin and Rob Matney

We will hear from two political campaigns, Vicki Goodwin, Democratic candidate for State House District 47, and Rob Matney speaking on behalf of Steve Kling, Democratic candidate for State Senate District 25.
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10:00pm-10:20pm – Carly Rose Jackson

Carly Rose Jackson will be speaking to us on behalf of Texans For Voter Choice, an advocacy group attempting to use technology to allow for more third party participation in the Democratic process.

10:30pm-11:00pm – UBA

UBA (pronounced Ooo Bah) is the electro mind-meld of Mickey Delp (Delptronics) and Ricardo Acevedo (Lost Cat Magnet). This union creates music that throbs of the raw early electronica of Chris and Cosy, Suicide, while blurring the art edge with the cinematic vision of the likes of Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno, and Coil.

 

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EFF-Austin Presents The Cypherpunks Strike Back – Tomorrow’s Tech Activism Today

Sunday, Mar 11, 2018, 7:00 PM

The High Road
700 Dawson Road Austin, TX

33 Activists Attending

The annual EFF-Austin Cyberpunk Party is upon us! Check back at this space for additional details as they are confirmed. In the ongoing crises of our present moment, it is easy to succumb to apathy. Our personal information stolen and compromised, our rights eroded and our privacy erased, our own technological tools weaponized by state and private …

Check out this Meetup →

https://www.facebook.com/events/147639109263268/
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