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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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.
En una carta abierta dirigida a la Comisión de Constitución y Reglamento del Congreso del Perú, que será responsable de la revisión del Decreto Legislativo 1182 firmado por la Presidencia del país latinoamericano, diversas organizaciones internacionales defensoras de los derechos humanos en el mundo digital han expresado su preocupación sobre la flamante normativa. El DL […]
In an open letter directed to the congress of Peru’s Commission on Constitution and Rules, a coalition of international human rights organizations have expressed their concern about Legislative Decree 1182 (“DL 1182,” “Ley Acosadora,” or “Stalker Law” in English)--a Peruvian bill that allows law enforcement access to mobile phone location data in cases of flagrante […]
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Alice v. CLS Bank, most courts have been quickly and efficiently getting rid of patents that improperly claim “abstract ideas.” In Alice, the Supreme Court held that “abstract ideas,” without more, were unpatentable under 35 U.S.C. § 101. According to one source, at least […]
A great decision on the fair use of radio and TV excerpts has been followed up by a troubling one that walks back some of the protections for new and innovative uses of media. Two years ago, Fox News sued a company called TVEyes, which creates a text-searchable database of broadcast content from thousands of […]
Sometimes bad things get even worse. The news out of Washington is that when Congress comes back into session in September, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will try to add some bad Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) amendments onto the already awful cybersecurity bill. EFF has long been critical of the CFAA, especially after the horribly misguided prosecution of our […]
A federal appeals court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission can enforce data security standards. In FTC v. Wyndham, the agency sued Wyndham hotels after the company exposed financial data of hundreds of thousands of customers. The company argued that the FTC lacked authority to enforce security standards, but the court disagreed. EPIC filed an […]
Harvard Professor Dr. Latanya Sweeney has launched Technology Science, a new online journal for "original material dealing primarily with a social, political, personal, or organizational benefit or adverse consequence of technology." Among other papers, Technology Science currently features research on Facebook Messenger's geolocation collection and disclosure, medical privacy, and price discrimination in international travel. EPIC […]
In McDonough v. Anoka County, a federal appeals court has revived several cases under the Driver's Privacy Protection Act. A lower court previously ruled that the plaintiffs, including female journalists, failed to bring the claims in time. EPIC argued as amicus that "discovery" not "occurrence" is the correct standard for time limitations in privacy cases. […]
The Education Department is seeking public comment on new guidance to protect student medical privacy. Currently, college officials may disclose confidential student medical records for purpose unrelated to treatment, including to university attorneys engaged in litigation against students. The Department’s proposal would require colleges to obtain student written consent or a court order prior to […]
The Federal Trade Commission has issued a "Statement of Principles Regarding Enforcement of FTC Act as a Competition Statute." The Principles appear to narrow the ability of the Commission to pursue unfair business practices and were announced without any formal opportunity for public comment. Chairwoman Ramirez said that the Statement makes "time-honored principles explicit; it […]