It’s Cracked, so take it with a grain of salt until others confirm, but there appears to a massive law enforcement censorship effort going on at Standing Rock. TL:DR – law enforcement agencies from multiple states are using planes and drones equipped with Stingrays to disrupt the ability of cell phones at Standing Rock to connect to the internet. They’re coupling this with DDoS attacks aimed at the camp’s secure wifi hotspots along with their own honeypot unsecured wifi hotspots designed to hack protesters’ devices and accounts. This is censorship on the level of Egypt trying to shut down the internet during the Arab Spring.
This is why a surveillance state can’t be allowed to exist, it only works if the people running it are benevolent.
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.