December 9th – 2017 Holiday Party at Capital Factory


Cyber Santa by Jim Leftwich, from 1993’s edition of Beyond Cyberpunk!

It’s that time of year again! Join us for the EFF-Austin Holiday party on Saturday, December 9th, from 5:00pm-9:00pm in the ground-floor classrooms of Capital Factory at The Omni Hotel at 701 Brazos Street. We will have free beers for our guests (suggested 2 drinks per person), as well as free pizza.

This year we are partnering with IndieWebCamp Austin 2017 for the presentation of our party. IndieWebCamp Austin 2017 will be at Capital Factory from 9:00am-5:00pm on Saturday, December 9th, and Sunday, December 10th. We encourage you to attend both days and then join us for the EFF-Austin Holiday party from 5:00pm-9:00pm after the conclusion of the first day of the camp. The IndieWeb project is part of a growing movement that says you should own your own web data, not 3rd-party content silos. It aims to create a decentralized social web where you publish your own content on your own server and syndicate it out to those entities you care about, removing the need for middlemen like Facebook. With cherished web principles like Net Neutrality under attack, projects like the IndieWeb are more vital than ever. EFF-Austin is proud to partner with IndieWebCamp Austin, and hopes that some of you will be inspired to get involved and join the movement. More info here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indiewebcamp-austin-2017-tickets-39918084064

EFF-Austin (Electronic Frontier Foundation of Austin) is a local advocacy, educational, and community-organizational group that promotes bringing together those interested in learning about the myriad ways in which our ever evolving digital culture affects our communities and our societies. We host monthly meetups featuring speakers on a variety of topics – recent discussions have included dynamic agreements, the history of tech startups and their relationship to the counterculture, the difference between physical and electronic identity, and the IndieWeb project. We have also had various members of our board speak to various groups around town about a variety of topics related to digital civil liberties. In addition to this learning, EFF-Austin hopes to provide a resource whereby those interested in creating change in our digital world can meet like-minded minds and have a community to collaborate with and support them in their endeavors.

In addition to the party serving as a chance to get to know our fellow digital citizens in a more relaxed setting, the party is a great opportunity to learn about what’s planned for EFF-Austin in the coming year. We have accomplished a lot over the last year with several major events like our Cyberpunk 2017 party at SXSW, our support of the P3M5 Privacy Plays at The Vortex theater, as well as legislative advocacy during the 2017 Texas Legislative Session. We continue to extend the reach of our activities and look to assistance and volunteers from the community to further broaden our ability to effectively carry out our mission.

No RSVP required, but we encourage you to get there early to insure we aren’t at capacity and to make sure you get some food and refreshments.

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/

Sponsored by

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (https://www.pillsburylaw.com/en/)

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https://www.meetup.com/EFF-Austin/events/245317381/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1579273202139806/

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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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https://www.meetup.com/EFF-Austin/events/245065533/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1204699346341319/

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November 5th – EFF-Austin Hosts The Plurality of Privacy in 5 Minute Plays (P3M5)

EFF-Austin board member Heather Barfield is curating a series of short, privacy-themed plays that will run November 2nd-5th at The Vortex. A collaboration with the Goethe-Institute Washington, multiple local directors will stage a variety of short plays from international playwrights that explore the value, nature, and evolution of privacy. VORTEX Connects continues these conversations each night with post-performance discussions with leading voices in digital rights, technology, humanities, and the future of privacy. A number of EFF-Austin board members, volunteers, and friends will be leading these discussions. We hope to see you there.

While we encourage you to see the plays on whatever day you are able, join EFF-Austin for the Sunday show, which we will be officially presenting. EFF-Austin president Kevin Welch will be your host for the evening and will arrive at 6:30pm to lead a pre-show hour of drinks, socialization, and dinner at the adjacent Butterfly Bar and Patrizi’s Italian food trailer.

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https://www.meetup.com/EFF-Austin/events/244014744/
https://www.facebook.com/events/118551385492508/
http://p3m5.heatherbarfield.com/
http://vortexrep.org/p3m5

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http://butterflybaraustin.com/build/
http://www.patrizis.com/

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