October Meetup Recap — Austin on the Electronic Frontier

At our meetup this past Monday, October 20th, Gregory Foster presented on the asymmetry in data flow between United States government entities and the public. Communities like MuckRock have arisen to streamline open records requests, but scaling and improving the data dialog remains difficult, and many agencies have become cautious about ‘Government 2.0’ efforts post-Snowden. How can we “Think globally, act locally” on these issues here in Austin? We discussed these and related topics — ComputerCOP, IMSI Catcher detectors, and Automated License Plate Readers.

Big thanks to Capital Factory for hosting us and providing this recording. (Note: You can use the bottom-right button to toggle between Greg and the room. Neat!)

Further Reading:

Watch: Meetup on Emerging Legal Structures in Virtual Worlds

Two weeks ago, Ed Cavazos led an interactive talk on the legal complexities and challenges around property, possession, and access in virtual worlds. You can watch the full video recording here thanks to our friends at Capital Factory.

Ed’s talk begins immediately. Discussion goes from 0:19 to 1:44.

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September 15 Meetup: A Dialog About Emerging Legal Structures in Virtual Worlds

Time: Monday, September 15, 7pm-9pm
Location: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TX.
Speaker: Ed Cavazos, Managing Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani
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edcOnline video game environments, and, in particular, MMOs (massively multiplayer online games), simulate real-world interaction so well that interesting questions are arising about the application of law and social contracts in those realms. This is especially true when virtual goods and currencies take on real value and can be traded or exchanged for items of value outside of the game. How do game rules intersect with the law? Should games be governed by their own theories of justice? What does the future hold as the distinction between on-line play and off-line society begins to blur?

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Live Stream Info:

An interactive live video stream of the meetup with be available here, thanks to Capital Factory’s LifeSize system. If you cannot attend in person, we invite you to watch and ask questions in the chat room for us to include in the discussion.

 

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