September 15 Meetup: A Dialog About Emerging Legal Structures in Virtual Worlds

Time: Monday, September 15, 7pm-9pm
Location: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TX.
Speaker: Ed Cavazos, Managing Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani
RSVP

edcOnline video game environments, and, in particular, MMOs (massively multiplayer online games), simulate real-world interaction so well that interesting questions are arising about the application of law and social contracts in those realms. This is especially true when virtual goods and currencies take on real value and can be traded or exchanged for items of value outside of the game. How do game rules intersect with the law? Should games be governed by their own theories of justice? What does the future hold as the distinction between on-line play and off-line society begins to blur?

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Live Stream Info:

An interactive live video stream of the meetup with be available here, thanks to Capital Factory’s LifeSize system. If you cannot attend in person, we invite you to watch and ask questions in the chat room for us to include in the discussion.

 

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August Meetup: Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies in Austin

When: Monday, August 18, 2014 7pm-9pm
Where: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TX
RSVP: Meetup.com

opengraphThis month’s meetup will focus on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Several speakers will introduce participants to core cryptocurrency concepts while sharing local innovations in the thriving Bitcoin economy.

Several speakers will give ten-minute talks on:

  • Core Technical Concepts (the blockchain and distributed transaction validation network)
  • Alt-Cryptocurrencies
  • Mining
  • Helpful Economic Concepts
  • Emerging legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Bitcoin 2.0 – the future being built now

We’ll wind up with a rich Q&A session with all of our local experts. Whether you’re new or an active entrepreneur, come connect with us and local cryptocurrency communities.

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21st Century Virtual Identity: a recording

EFF-Austin had a great interactive meeting July 21, with Tom Brown presenting on “21st Century Virtual Identity” and more. Stephen Torrence agreed to record the meeting and post it at Soundcloud. He’s also taken time to annotate the recording.

[Link to the recording]
[Link to Tom Brown’s slides]

And here’s the recording, if you just want to play it from here:

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