August 14th Meetup – Building the Indieweb

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/

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Building The Indieweb

Monday, Aug 14, 2017, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

15 Activists Attending

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 sp…

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June 12th Meetup – Is Privacy Dead? Generation Z & the Taming of the Digital Wild West

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!

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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.

Anne Boysen

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Is Privacy Dead? Generation Z And The Taming Of The Digital Wild West

Monday, Jun 12, 2017, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

10 Activists Attending

NEW INFORMATION FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS. 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 FROM 9PM-10PM. COME JOIN US!Our speaker this month will be Anne Boysen. Anne will be speaking about shifting generational attitudes to privac…

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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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