Free, as in Beer! EFF-Austin’s 2015 Holiday Party at The Cedar Door, Thursday, December 17th, 7:00pm-9:00pm

EFF-Austin is throwing a big, old Holiday party on Thursday, December 17th, from 7:00pm-9:00pm in the backroom of The Cedar Door at 201 Brazos Street,  and we’d love for you to join us! We will have a full open bar for our guests to make use of, 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 social media surveillance, peer-to-peer encrypted social networks, the role of the ACLU in defending digital civil liberties, journalism in the digital age, and digital archiving. 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. EFF-Austin has recently welcomed several new board members from diverse backgrounds, and with the increased resources and manpower this provides our volunteers, we are planning to implement a number of initiatives that we hope will allow EFF-Austin to perform its role of empowering the community more effectively. 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 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/free-as-in-beer-eff-austins-2015-holiday-party-tickets-19933328121?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=cp&utm-term=l…

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Demoing the Neobase – A Secure Communications Hub For Your Home

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For this month’s meetup, David Glassco will talk to us about Neobase, his company’s new product that provides a secure communications hub for your home. He will also have a Neobase on hand that meeting participants can demo.

Neobase’s creation was motivated by David’s desire to have a secure and private way to have online conversations with friends and family, but he couldn’t fine a way to do that without the potential for his privacy being compromised, hence the creation of Neobase. Neobase provides a cloudless, secure alternative to social networks like Facebook. The Neobase is an encrypted, secure drive that lives in your home. All the files, pictures, and links you share live on the drive and are never passed through any website, service, or cloud. The things you choose to share will be shared with those friends you approve via email address and no one else. Friends who don’t have their own Neobase will be able to have an account on your Neobase that they can access directly via web portal. The interface is easy and intuitive, with little to no learning curve for those already familiar with modern social networks. The Neobase makes managing your privacy a simple affair, and allows you to communicate with friends and family in the way you choose to, with no reliance on having to trust third-party service providers.

Our Latest Meetup – The ACLU – Protecting Your Privacy With Regards To Emerging Technologies

Time: Monday, September 21st, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Capital Factory

Our speaker this month will be ACLU organizer, advocate and lobbyist Lesley Ramsey. Lesley will talk about the ACLU’s work on privacy and technology and their upcoming conference in Austin on these topics.

Lesley Nicole Ramsey has spent the last fifteen years working as an organizer, advocate and lobbyist on issues including civil rights, health care, reproductive justice, fair wages, labor rights, fair trade, tax policy and voting rights. She worked five Texas legislative sessions as a lobbyist and advocate, including two years as the Chief Lobbyist and Executive Director of the Texas Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates. More recently she served as the Executive Director of the Texas Civic Engagement Table, an organization created to increase the effectiveness of progressive organizations by helping them expand their reach into lower income communities and communities of color, and increase voter turn out in those communities. She was also a founding board member of the Lilith Fund, Texas Women’s Coalition and the Religion and Labor Network of Texas. Lesley has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.

Our talk this month will also be co-hosted with 501 Tech Club. 501 Tech Club is a monthly gathering of people working on nonprofit technology in the Austin area. Their gatherings are opportunities for anyone interested in helping nonprofits use technology to get together and talk shop in a fun, informal setting, with their name referring to the fact that most of them work primarily with and for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

501 Tech Club is also our sponsor this month, and they have graciously donated beer and snacks for meeting attendees to enjoy.