March 11th – EFF-Austin Presents Cyberpunk 2017: Rushing To Meet Our Real Imagined Future!

The event is free, but register here for your free ticket to ensure your entry to the event and to receive your complimentary drink ticket. Those who come dressed in cyberpunk cosplay will receive an extra complimentary drink ticket. Keep checking this space as information on additional participants becomes available. Donate on Eventbrite to support our party and receive EFF-Austin swag and other VIP perks.

Our latest EFF-Austin event takes a cyberpunk perspective on 2017, exploring how our vision of the future has changed over the last forty years of science-fiction made real, and considering this year as a turning point in the way we live our lives and participate in our society, as well as our sense of personal autonomy.

Cyberpunk imagines a world where the average person’s autonomy and privacy is commoditized and exploited by the shadowy machinations of global forces beyond our comprehension. “Information wants to be free,” and when a person’s image, voice, and words all manifest as data, their personal identity is potentially free for the taking.

In a world where dead actors are resurrected as data objects in major motion picture blockbusters, where a billion people’s account data can be stolen by a few rogue hackers, where software can edit video to show a person doing and saying things they never actually did or said, where services are free because users are the product, where truth is secondary to narrative, how can we hope to ensure that privacy and the right to one’s data and representation remains a fundamental, enshrined, and preserved right?

Taking place at The Butterfly Bar/The Vortex on Saturday, March 11th from 5:00pm-1:00am, there will be free drinks for our supporters who register in advance as well as illuminating talks from a variety of speakers including Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, Neil Harbisson, Moon Ribas, Jon Lebkowksy, Rich MacKinnon, David DeMaris, Todd Manning, Jonathan Morgan, Wendy Nather, Kevin Bankston, and Owen McNally. There will also be cutting-edge electronic music from Michael Garfield, Electronic Planet Ensemble, UBA, Missions, Erich Ragsdale, and others, 8-bit LED video games, representatives from private communications non-profit The Operator Foundation, antique WWII-era spygear, projections, an interactive generative music station, cyberpunk cosplayers, lockpicking, and much more!

Your donations will help make this awesome event even more awesome, and allow us to keep doing our vital educational and advocacy work in the years to come.

We hope to see you all soon!

This event is sponsored by Pillsbury Law, Whurley, Chilligence, Duo Security, Polycot Associates, the EFF-Austin board and advisors, and supporters like you.

Event schedule below:

Event schedule below:

Speakers
6:00pm – Owen McNally
6:40pm – Wendy Nather
7:00pm – Jon Lebkowsky
8:00pm – Cory Doctorow
8:30pm – Neil Harbisson, Moon Ribas, and Rich MacKinnon
9:00pm – Jonathan Morgan
9:20pm – Bruce Sterling
10:00pm – Todd Manning
10:45pm – Kevin Bankston
11:00pm – David DeMaris

Bands
8:00pm – Electronic Planet Ensemble
9:15pm – Neil Harbisson and Moon Rivas
10:00pm – Missions
11:00pm – Michael Garfield
12:00am – UBA

DJing from Erich Ragsdale in the bar

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EFF-Austin Presents Cyberpunk 2017!

Saturday, Mar 11, 2017, 5:00 PM

The Vortex
2307 Manor Rd. Austin, TX

33 Activists Attending

EFF-Austin presents Cyberpunk2017: Rushing To Meet Our Real Imagined Future!The event is free, but register here for your free ticket to ensure your entry to the event and to receive your complementary drink ticket: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eff-austin-presents-cyberpunk-2017-tickets-31555179391. Those who come dressed in cyberpunk cosplay will…

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February 2nd – EFF-Austin Hosts the Play “A Perfect Robot”

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.

http://www.vortexrep.org/
http://butterflybaraustin.com/build/
http://www.patrizis.com/

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EFF-Austin Hosts A Performance Of The Play A Perfect Robot!

Thursday, Feb 2, 2017, 6:30 PM

The Vortex
2307 Manor Rd. Austin, TX

14 Activists Went

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 mi…

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Cyborg Olympics

If you find yourself in Zurich this fall, check out the inaugural cyborg Olympics.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602105/first-cyborg-olympics-will-celebrate-how-technology-can-help-disabled-people/?utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post