May 8th Meetup – Cooperative Ownership and Business Models in the Tech World

Our speaker this month will be Robert Matney. Robert Matney is Co-Owner and COO of Polycot Associates, a web development agency and is a co-founder and Technology Director of Whirligig Productions. Robert is also Technology Director for Hidden Room Theatre and a Board Trustee for Austin Shakespeare, a multi-award-winning stage and voice actor and director, and a web technologist with Polycot Associates. Recently, Robert played Andrei in Lola Pierson and Yury Urnov’s “Thr3e Zisters” for Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Sebastian Topflyte in Paul Menzer’s “Invisible, Inc.” and Duke Humphrey in “Rose Rage” (the latter two for Hidden Room Theatre), and the title role in “Uncle Vanya” for Breaking String Theater. You can battle Robert’s voice as Doctor Psycho and Starro in the video game DC Universe Online. Robert was a speaker or presenter at South By Southwest Interactive 2013, 2012 and 2011, as well Blackfriars 2011, 2013, 2015, and Fusebox Festival 2011 and 2017.

Robert will be leading us in a discussion of cooperative business models and their place in the world of technology and development. Using the company Polycot Associates (a web development firm where Robert is the COO) as a case study, Robert will briefly touch upon the differing types of cooperatives and where tech/dev lives in the broader cooperative movement before transitioning into questions such as how to handle tactical management with loose hierarchy in the context of an egalitarian member-owner leadership structure, as well as the process via which Polycot was converted from a sole proprietorship with contractors into a coop.

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Cooperative Ownership and Business Models in the Tech World

Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

31 Activists Went

Our speaker this month will be Robert Matney. Robert Matney is Co-Owner and COO of Polycot Associates, a web development agency and is a co-founder and Technology Director of Whirligig Productions. Robert is also Technology Director for Hidden Room Theatre and a Board Trustee for Austin Shakespeare, a multi-award-winning stage and voice actor and d…

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January 19th – Workshop: Digital Security in the Practice of Law

EFF-Austin is hosting a Security Workshop at UT Law (Townes Hall 2.138) in conjunction with Open Austin. Our speakers will be Alex Shahrestani and Justin Laden. They will be discussing attorney client privilege in regards to digital communications, best actions to prevent and react to privacy breaches, and cloud storage data security.

Alex Shahrestani studied computer science to prepare for a career in the law and technology, and he’s continued his pursuits since arriving at the University of Texas School of Law. He founded the Journal of Law and Technology at Texas, works with EFF Austin, has helped develop automation technology to improve access to expunctions, won an award for entrepreneurship in legal technology, and has invested in big data law with his summer employments. He currently plans to launch his own technology law practice upon graduation in May of 2018. He can be reached at alexanders@utexas.edu.

Justin Laden completed his master’s degree in Computer Science with a specialization in security from Boston University in 2010. In addition, he holds graduate certificates in Information Security and Digital Forensics. Justin is passionate about helping clients understand the ever-increasing risks to their assets. For the past six years, he has helped small and medium sized organizations—as well as individuals and start-ups—secure their data and detect network intrusions. Justin is currently working toward his JD at the University of Texas Law School, and plans to combine his experience in computer security with the practice of law. He can be reached at justinladen@gmail.com.

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EFF-Austin Security Workshop

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017, 5:30 PM

Townes Hall (TNH) 2.138
727 E Dean Keeton St Austin, TX

23 Activists Went

EFF-Austin is hosting a Security Workshop at UT Law in conjunction with Open Austin. Our speakers will be Alex Shahrestani and Justin Laden. They will be discussing attorney client privilege in regards to digital communications, best actions to prevent and react to privacy breaches, and cloud storage data security.Alex Shahrestani studied computer…

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January 9th Meetup – The Future Of Governance

Our speaker this month will be Jake Dunagan.

Jake Dunagan is an experiential futurist, governance designer, and teacher. He is Director of Design Futures at verynice.co—a design, innovation, and foresight consultancy that gives half of its work away for free to non-profits, and adjunct professor of Strategic Foresight in the Design Strategy MBA and Strategic Foresight MBA programs at the California College of Arts (CCA). Jake’s work has been centered on the concept of social invention and novel methods to help individuals, organizations, and governing institutions re-imagine and re-invent their futures. He has worked with governments, businesses, foundations, and non-profits around the world. Recent research projects include the future of social entrepreneurship, applied embodied cognition, judicial foresight, kid’s technologies, intellectual property law, and the future of work. He has created tools to increase citizen participation in political system design, as well as designed visual media, interactive experiences, and public engagement projects that inject alternative visions of the future into the present.

Jake is going to be talking to us about the future of governance. We are nearing consensus that our systems of government are partially or fully broken. And yet, most mainstream ideas for how to fix government are regressive, incoherent, or timidly incremental. What would a truly novel form of governance look like? What problems would it solve, or not? How might it work? Who would benefit? Who would suffer? Jake Dunagan, Director of Design Futures at verynice.co and former director of the Governance Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future, has been leading efforts to empower a new generation of social inventors to re-design governance for the 21st Century. Combining a short lecture with participatory exercises, Jake will introduce the basic tenets of political system design and facilitate a group creation of a “mission statement” for a Free State of Austin.

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The Future Of Governance

Monday, Jan 9, 2017, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

57 Activists Went

Our speaker this month will be Jake Dunagan.Jake Dunagan is an experiential futurist, governance designer, and teacher. He is Director of Design Futures at verynice.co—a design, innovation, and foresight consultancy that gives half of its work away for free to non-profits, and adjunct professor of Strategic Foresight in the Design Strategy MBA an…

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