EFF-Austin is promoting a couple panels at SXSW. Public voting is a major component in determining what gets accepted. If you would like to see panels on Native American VR activism and cyborg pride at next year’s conference, please take a moment to vote and share these links with your friends.
Our speaker this month is Tom Brown. Tom Brown is an open source software developer interested in digital identity, and he often attends Internet Identity Workshop and more recently IndiewebCamps. Tom has added open standards related to identity to several popular software projects. He can be found online as herestomwiththeweather.
Tom will be speaking to us about the Indieweb, a version of the internet that puts people and their direct social interactions at the center of its design. For more than 25 years, the web has provided us tools to be social online. However, as we adopt the same closed platforms, we see our experience change without our consent and we see the terms and services become increasingly antagonistic. This is often a gradual bait and switch by the platform which has locked us in as we were drawn in by network effects. In these silos, we are not in control of our conversations online as Kafkaesque algorithms decide what is seen. What should be a public space is not controlled by the public. Often times, the decentralized systems that try to address these problems are developed by a limited group of people and subsequently may not offer the user experiences sufficient for adoption. There are trade-offs in every design and we can choose which principles to follow.
The Indieweb is a people-focused alternative to the “corporate web” and is motivated by a set of principles including encouraging a plurality of projects, modularity and prioritizing user interface and design before protocols. It is possible to talk to each other online even when we’re on different sites and be in control of our social web software. In this meeting, we’ll see how the emerging Indieweb is expanding our options to regain control of the web and what that experience looks like.
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/
Starting with this meetup we are going to begin a tradition of going out for drinks after the conclusion of our speaker’s talk. We will be at Firehouse Hostel and Lounge (605 Brazos Street) from 9PM-10PM. Come join us!
Our speaker this month will be Anne Boysen. Anne will be speaking about shifting generational attitudes to privacy in the digital age.
Earlier this year U.S. Congress nullified an FCC rule that would prevent Internet Service Providers from potentially selling your following private information to third parties:
• Social Security numbers
• Medical records
• Financial information
• Content of emails and other digital messages
• Internet browsing history
• App usage
• Location data
This move, while quite controversial, barely registered in the larger digital conversation. A Google search on “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunication Services” – the intended FCC rule – has 1,540 results. In comparison, a search on “Beyonce babies” yields 25,500 results. As a matter of fact, if you went to any tech conference during the same time that this law was eradicated, chances are that your keynote speaker may not even have heard of it. But their perception could be forgiven because in the mainstream mindset, privacy is dead and the next generation couldn’t care less anyway.
The only problem is, those who believe younger generations don’t care about privacy are dead wrong. And companies who get this wrong are less likely to succeed in the future. We are only now starting to see the beginning of a civilizing project where Generation Z and the generation coming after them are leading the charge of domesticating a wild digital west which is currently being hijacked by corporate interests.
After receiving her masters in Strategic Foresight 15 years ago Anne has spent most of her career studying generational change. She is currently pursuing her second graduate degree in Business Analytics and uses a combination of Strategic Foresight, Data Analytics and Social Science to understand the emerging zeitgeist of the post-millennial generation. Anne has consulted national and global organizations and has held several presentations on generational shifts in the USA and Europe. Her website Afterthemillennials.com is a major destination for post-millennial topics.
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