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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September 11th Meetup – Physical vs Electronic Identity

Our speaker this month will be Wendy Nather. Wendy Nather is Principal Security Strategist at Duo Security. She was previously the Research Director at the Retail ISAC, as well as Research Director of the Information Security Practice at independent analyst firm 451 Research. Wendy led IT security for the EMEA region of the investment banking division of Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS), and served as CISO of the Texas Education Agency. She speaks regularly on topics ranging from threat intelligence to identity and access management, risk analysis, incident response, data security, and societal and privacy issues. Wendy is co-author of The Cloud Security Rules, and was listed as one of SC Magazine’s Women in IT Security “Power Players” in 2014.

Wendy will be speaking to us about the security and privacy implications of physical vs electronic identity. Security has been trying to catch up with technology all this time, but the gap may well be increasing, particularly with the growth of consumer devices and the Internet of Things. The reason has to do with delegation and proxy activities online. Current identity and access models are no match for the real world of legal, fiduciary and minor representation. This talk is about what needs to change so that both security and privacy are truly available to all members of society.

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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August 14th Meetup – Building the Indieweb

Our speaker this month is Tom Brown. Tom Brown is an open source software developer interested in digital identity, and he often attends Internet Identity Workshop and more recently IndiewebCamps. Tom has added open standards related to identity to several popular software projects. He can be found online as herestomwiththeweather.

Tom will be speaking to us about the Indieweb, a version of the internet that puts people and their direct social interactions at the center of its design. For more than 25 years, the web has provided us tools to be social online. However, as we adopt the same closed platforms, we see our experience change without our consent and we see the terms and services become increasingly antagonistic. This is often a gradual bait and switch by the platform which has locked us in as we were drawn in by network effects. In these silos, we are not in control of our conversations online as Kafkaesque algorithms decide what is seen. What should be a public space is not controlled by the public. Often times, the decentralized systems that try to address these problems are developed by a limited group of people and subsequently may not offer the user experiences sufficient for adoption. There are trade-offs in every design and we can choose which principles to follow.

The Indieweb is a people-focused alternative to the “corporate web” and is motivated by a set of principles including encouraging a plurality of projects, modularity and prioritizing user interface and design before protocols. It is possible to talk to each other online even when we’re on different sites and be in control of our social web software. In this meeting, we’ll see how the emerging Indieweb is expanding our options to regain control of the web and what that experience looks like.

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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Building The Indieweb

Monday, Aug 14, 2017, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

15 Activists Attending

Our speaker this month is Tom Brown. Tom Brown is an open source software developer interested in digital identity, and he often attends Internet Identity Workshop and more recently IndiewebCamps.  Tom has added open standards related to identity to several popular software projects.  He can be found online as herestomwiththeweather.Tom will be sp…

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