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.
Our speaker this month will be Darryl Jamail. Darryl Jamail is the Commander of the Intelligence Division of the Austin Police Department. He was commissioned in 1994 and has served in numerous assignments including: Patrol Officer, Vehicular Homicide detective, Patrol and Investigations sergeant, Internal Affairs sergeant, and Director of Cadet Training, Commander of Violent Crimes, and Emergency Communications. His current responsibilities include the Austin Regional Intelligence Center, Tactical Intelligence Unit, Real Time Crime Center, and Emergency Planning and Response. He is certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as a Master Peace Officer and Peace Officer Instructor.
Commander Jamail will be leading us all in a discussion about the role of Austin’s Regional Intelligence Center (ARIC) in local law enforcement. The ARIC is the local tri-county fusion center for Travis, Hays, and Williamson counties, and is involved in the coordination of intelligence gathering operations for 17 Public Safety Agencies. We will look at how modern technology has aided in the collection, consolidation, and analysis of public safety data, and how this analysis is used in modern law enforcement.
Our speaker this month will be Jeff Cardenas. Jeff Cardenas is a technology strategist who is passionate about using technology to democratize power and improve the human experience. Jeff is a McCombs School of Business graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and began his career as a consultant in the Technology practice at Deloitte Consulting. He left Deloitte to pursue his Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) at UT so that he could learn precisely how to grow a business that used innovative technology to empower average people to become more politically engaged. This effort led to the creation of ThinkVoting in partnership with Joseph Santori. Jeff also works with Global Commercialization Office at UT Austin and several other startups to help commercialize breakthrough technologies from around the globe and develop strategies and business models to maximize their potential impact. He currently serves as Director of Product Development for Apptronik Systems, a robotics startup based in Austin, TX.
Jeff is going to be talking about and demo-ing ThinkVoting’s The Voting App. The Voting App is a data aggregation tool that gives every voter the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How for every election – Who is on your ballot, What propositions and ballot items are up for a vote, When important voting dates are, Where you are eligible to vote and the way to get there, Why you want to vote for certain candidates and propositions based on your political beliefs, and How to make it to the polls and make an informed decision. Jeff will also talk about bigger issues surrounding the ideas of democratization of information serving as a counteracting force to money in politics, how data aggregation can lower the barrier of time and effort for being an informed citizen and voter, and what remaining hurdles of access to voter data necessitated the creation of The Voting App.
Come and join us for this special election issue of The EFF-Austin Monthly Meetup.