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.
It’s that time of year again! Join us for the EFF-Austin Holiday party on Monday, December 12th, from 6:00pm-8:00pm in the backroom of The Cedar Door at 201 Brazos Street. We will have a full open bar for our guests to make use of (suggested 2 drinks per person), 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 Austin’s Regional Intelligence Center, technology and its role in voter empowerment, an overview of the internet’s Domain Name System, digital literacy, and cyborg civil liberties. 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. Like last year, EFF-Austin has recently welcomed several new board members from diverse backgrounds, bringing us to a fully-staffed board of nine members. We have also seen the appointment of a new president and forged many new relationships with volunteers and other community groups. Given recent events in our country, we find EFF-Austin’s mission more vital than ever, and we hope that you will be inspired to get involved and help us create a free and open digital future for everyone. 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 about 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/eff-austins-2016-holiday-party-at-the-cedar-door-tickets-29832314255
Ed Cavazos, EFF-Austin Board Member
Warren G. Hanes, EFF-Austin Advisor
In a reverse beer hall putsch, Jon Lebkowsky has finally ousted himself as president of EFF-Austin. He was able to achieve this without defenestrating himself. The lamentations and mourning of the commoners will be long and loud. Dentists in the area are being warned to prepare for a flood of teeth gnashing patients. Retailer clothing stocks are surging on the rumors swirling around the event due to the expected rending of garments.
Kevin Welch, the newly anointed successor, is starting his reign by cutting himself off from the populace, and limiting attendance to an upcoming traditional seasonal celebratory event to a mere 100 of his faithful followers. He’s demanded tribute from other members of the board to support his celebrations this year and next year. Rumors abound that he is expected to seize control of the channels of communications, and is plotting to update the web site to glorify his new status.