December 11th Meetup – Technology And Ballot Access – The Texas Voter Choice Act

Our speaker this month will be Carly Rose Jackson, State Director of Texans for Voter Choice. TVC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure Texas voters have meaningful choices on the ballot. Carly came to Austin in 2010 to work in Texas politics. She has worked as a legislative aide in the state legislature, as a consultant for candidate campaigns and as a community organizer for nonprofit activist organizations. One of Carly’s goals is to help legislators write laws that are tech-savvy, incorporating the security needs of the public while providing more transparency on how government entities manage the data they collect. We have an opportunity to have those tech-savvy conversations with legislators by advocating for the Texas Voter Choice Act.

The Texas Voter Choice Act provides voters with more meaningful choices on Election Day by dismantling the unnecessary barriers that make it so hard for qualified candidates to appear on the ballot. One of the reforms in the Texas Voter Choice Act would create an online portal for voters to sign nomination petitions for minor party and independent candidates. The online portal would require an initial investment, but TVC believes the investment will add efficiency and transparency to the nomination process. We will look at the fiscal note and have a conversation about the costs estimated by the state. We will also discuss the concerns about fraud and voter privacy raised by legislators. Come learn about voter choice and how modernizing the process can create a fair environment for all Texans.

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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September 12th Meetup – The Name Space

“The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet’s naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet’s governance.” ~ Dave Lee, BBC News, http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37114313

Attorney Scott McCullough will discuss the policy and law aspects of the internet naming system. Andrew Donoho will be discussing the basic technical hierarchy and how countries get involved with limiting access to the name space. I.e. how a government can block Twitter.

Should managing the global name space be the responsibility of the technorati? Or governments? How can we prevent dictatorships or religious autocracies from getting veto control over the administration of global top level domains? (Because of delegation, they can block the DNS at their borders.)

The Name Space

Monday, Sep 12, 2016, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

13 Activists Went

“The US has confirmed it is finally ready to cede power of the internet’s naming system, ending the almost 20-year process to hand over a crucial part of the internet’s governance.” ~ Dave Lee, BBC News, http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37114313Attorney Scott McCullough will discuss the policy and law aspects of the internet naming system. Andre…

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May 9th Meetup – The Role of Government Regulation in the Sharing Economy

Our speaker this month will be Chris Herndon. Chris is a serial entrepreneur with a geeky obsession for real estate. He most recently co-founded The Guild, a early-stage, Austin-based startup that’s combining the charm and authenticity of short-term rentals with the consistent quality and service of hotels. Prior to the Guild, Chris co-founded Apartment List (AL), an SF-based rental marketplace that operates nationwide and has raised over $30 million of venture capital. Prior to AL, Chris co-founded Philanthropedia (an online directory of impactful nonprofits, acquired by Guidestar in 2011) and The 40 Acres Group (an Austin-based apartment owner operator that merged with State Street Properties in 2012). Early in his career, Chris spent 5 years in finance (Goldman & GTCR Golder Rauner) between undergrad at Texas and business school at Stanford.

Chris will be speaking to us about the role of government regulation in the sharing economy. In February of 2016, the Austin city council passed two ordinances that will significantly restrict the usage of sharing economy marketplaces like Uber, Lyft, AirBNB and Homeaway. These announcements prompted venture capitalist Mike Maples, Jr. to tweet that his firm, Floodgate Ventures, would no longer invest in Austin-based on-demand companies due to the hostile regulatory environment. During this discussion, we’ll explore the role of government regulation in the sharing economy. Were the Austin city council’s measures justified to preserve the public’s safety and quiet enjoyment of its neighborhoods, or have they gone too far, stifling innovation?

The meetup will be at Capital Factory at 7:00pm on Monday, May 9th.