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.

The Craft of Investigation

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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.

Join us!
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