December 11th Meetup – Technology And Ballot Access – The Texas Voter Choice Act

Our speaker this month will be Carly Rose Jackson, State Director of Texans for Voter Choice. TVC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure Texas voters have meaningful choices on the ballot. Carly came to Austin in 2010 to work in Texas politics. She has worked as a legislative aide in the state legislature, as a consultant for candidate campaigns and as a community organizer for nonprofit activist organizations. One of Carly’s goals is to help legislators write laws that are tech-savvy, incorporating the security needs of the public while providing more transparency on how government entities manage the data they collect. We have an opportunity to have those tech-savvy conversations with legislators by advocating for the Texas Voter Choice Act.

The Texas Voter Choice Act provides voters with more meaningful choices on Election Day by dismantling the unnecessary barriers that make it so hard for qualified candidates to appear on the ballot. One of the reforms in the Texas Voter Choice Act would create an online portal for voters to sign nomination petitions for minor party and independent candidates. The online portal would require an initial investment, but TVC believes the investment will add efficiency and transparency to the nomination process. We will look at the fiscal note and have a conversation about the costs estimated by the state. We will also discuss the concerns about fraud and voter privacy raised by legislators. Come learn about voter choice and how modernizing the process can create a fair environment for all Texans.

Join us for the discussion from 7:00PM-9:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 9:00PM-10:00PM at Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos St).

Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel. Once on the 16th floor, there should be a sign at the front desk directing you to our meetup. If there is no sign, and no one is on duty at the desk, we are usually in the room to the left of the front desk.

Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive

Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk, reducing the cost from $16 to $5. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/

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May 23rd – Jake Dunagan: The Future as a Cognitive Prosthetic

EFF-Austin friend Jake Dunagan is having a talk at Thirteen23 next Tuesday evening. He will discussing how before new futures can be made thinkable, they must first be made feel-able. We hope to see you there.


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EFF-Austin attends Jake Dunagan: The Future as a Cognitive Prosthetic

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6:00 PM

thirteen23
506 Congress Avenue Austin, TX

9 Activists Went

EFF-Austin friend Jake Dunagan is having a talk at Thirteen23 next Tuesday evening. He will discussing how before new futures can be made thinkable, they must first be made feel-able. We hope to see you there.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jake-dunagan-the-future-as-a-cognitive-prosthetic-tickets-33225292745

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June 25th – CTX World Future Society’s The Evolution of Cooperation

EFF-Austin will be present for the latest meetup of the CTX World Future Society. Their speaker will be Mike Ignatowski and he will be discussing The Evolution of Cooperation.

The description of evolution as “survival of the fittest” says more about the social attitudes of 19th century England where it was coined than about the the actual trends in the development of life. In reality, the history of biology and society is a story of increasing degrees of cooperation at ever greater levels, and the reasons why are very interesting. This new way of looking at the world is key to understanding the long term future of human development. The presentation will provide a more optimistic view of future possibilities than one would get from just listening to the daily news. The meeting format will include a presentation followed by a spirited group discussion.

Mike Ignatowski has over 30 years of experience in the hi-tech industry and is currently a Sr. Fellow at AMD Research in Austin. Mike has given many lectures on emerging technology and social trends, and currently serves as the president of the Central Texas World Future Society.


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EFF-Austin attends CTX World Future Society’s The Evolution of Cooperation

Sunday, Jun 25, 2017, 7:00 PM

Cafe Express
3418 N Lamar Blvd Austin, TX

2 Activists Attending

EFF-Austin will be present for the latest meetup of the CTX World Future Society. Their speaker will be Mike Ignatowski and he will be discussing The Evolution of Cooperation.The description of evolution as “survival of the fittest” says more about the social attitudes of 19th century England where it was coined than about the the actual trends in…

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