Daniel G. Benes is the founder, science show presenter, and antique technology curator of Daniel G. Benes Science Shows. He has designed and taught numerous science-based shows, classes, camps, and curriculum for schools, academies, museums, and libraries around the state of Texas in the realm of science and technology, electronics, chemistry, aerospace, photography, audio production, antique science and technology, and outdoor wilderness survival skills. Daniel has worked in aerospace as a flight avionics technician and is a former two-time Austin radio show host and producer, and a People’s Choice Award-winning World/Orchestral music composer, and a former Texas Parks & Wildlife Award-winning published photographer, and is a member of W.A.T.T.; World Association of Technology Teachers. His science-based shows and events have been featured on television and in numerous magazine and newspaper articles, including Texas Monthly and The New York Times.
In honor of EFF’s work as guardians of civil liberties, freedoms, and internet privacy, Daniel will discuss the role of vintage and modern electronics and spy equipment in US space and spy missions and will bring some amazing, fully functional vintage electronics from his private collection to support his PowerPoint; including a working 1936 Siemens Brothers & Co. WWII Bakelite Military Field Telephone, a working 1950’s Tektronix 543A Vacuum Tube Oscilloscope, a pair of extremely rare 1960’s Cubic Corp full-duplex microwave communication and distance measuring transceivers, an incredible 1960’s Russian mainframe computer Ferrite ‘Core Memory’ unit, and a 1950’s analog Decade Resistance Box used in the Manhattan Project during the development of the very first atomic bomb. Daniel will have the units powered-up with the covers removed so people can actually see what’s inside of these beautiful pieces of technological history.”
Find out more about Daniel G. Benes at: http://www.facebook.com/scienceshows.tech
EFF-Austin is hosting a Security Workshop at UT Law (Townes Hall 2.138) in conjunction with Open Austin. Our speakers will be Alex Shahrestani and Justin Laden. They will be discussing attorney client privilege in regards to digital communications, best actions to prevent and react to privacy breaches, and cloud storage data security.
Alex Shahrestani studied computer science to prepare for a career in the law and technology, and he’s continued his pursuits since arriving at the University of Texas School of Law. He founded the Journal of Law and Technology at Texas, works with EFF Austin, has helped develop automation technology to improve access to expunctions, won an award for entrepreneurship in legal technology, and has invested in big data law with his summer employments. He currently plans to launch his own technology law practice upon graduation in May of 2018. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justin Laden completed his master’s degree in Computer Science with a specialization in security from Boston University in 2010. In addition, he holds graduate certificates in Information Security and Digital Forensics. Justin is passionate about helping clients understand the ever-increasing risks to their assets. For the past six years, he has helped small and medium sized organizations—as well as individuals and start-ups—secure their data and detect network intrusions. Justin is currently working toward his JD at the University of Texas Law School, and plans to combine his experience in computer security with the practice of law. He can be reached at email@example.com.
EFF-Austin is proud to present a performance of the play A Perfect Robot at The Vortex. Imagine if you could shape the perfect companion. Mollybot is the first step: an artificial intelligence designed to anticipate your needs and desires, to give you the best companionship money can buy. However, Diego, Mollybot’s creator, locked her near-human mind away behind a firewall and disappeared. Deep inside her circuitry and aided by the ghost of Alan Turing, Mollybot works to free herself. Setting Mollybot free means diving into heartbreak, loss, and what it means to be human.
EFF-Austin has managed to obtain a special deal for our followers to see the play for the low price of $10 a person on Thursday, February 2nd at 8:00pm. On the night of the show you can mention that you’re with EFF-Austin to the Box Office and they will allow you to purchase the discounted tickets, which are being held for our group in our name. EFF-Austin board member Kevin Welch will be your host for the evening and will arrive at 6:30pm to lead a pre-show hour of drinks, socialization, and dinner at the adjacent Butterfly Bar and Patrizi’s Italian food trailer.
Please RSVP only if you are planning to attend, we are trying to get an accurate headcount.