EFF-Austin friend Jake Dunagan is having a talk at Thirteen23 next Tuesday evening. He will discussing how before new futures can be made thinkable, they must first be made feel-able. We hope to see you there.
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.
Parking validation is available for the Omni garage. Details:
The event is free, but register here for your free ticket to ensure your entry to the event and to receive your complimentary drink ticket. Those who come dressed in cyberpunk cosplay will receive an extra complimentary drink ticket. Keep checking this space as information on additional participants becomes available. Donate on Eventbrite to support our party and receive EFF-Austin swag and other VIP perks.
Our latest EFF-Austin event takes a cyberpunk perspective on 2017, exploring how our vision of the future has changed over the last forty years of science-fiction made real, and considering this year as a turning point in the way we live our lives and participate in our society, as well as our sense of personal autonomy.
Cyberpunk imagines a world where the average person’s autonomy and privacy is commoditized and exploited by the shadowy machinations of global forces beyond our comprehension. “Information wants to be free,” and when a person’s image, voice, and words all manifest as data, their personal identity is potentially free for the taking.
In a world where dead actors are resurrected as data objects in major motion picture blockbusters, where a billion people’s account data can be stolen by a few rogue hackers, where software can edit video to show a person doing and saying things they never actually did or said, where services are free because users are the product, where truth is secondary to narrative, how can we hope to ensure that privacy and the right to one’s data and representation remains a fundamental, enshrined, and preserved right?
Taking place at The Butterfly Bar/The Vortex on Saturday, March 11th from 5:00pm-1:00am, there will be free drinks for our supporters who register in advance as well as illuminating talks from a variety of speakers including Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, Neil Harbisson, Moon Ribas, Jon Lebkowksy, Rich MacKinnon, David DeMaris, Todd Manning, Jonathan Morgan, Wendy Nather, Kevin Bankston, and Owen McNally. There will also be cutting-edge electronic music from Michael Garfield, Electronic Planet Ensemble, UBA, Missions, Erich Ragsdale, and others, 8-bit LED video games, representatives from private communications non-profit The Operator Foundation, antique WWII-era spygear, projections, an interactive generative music station, cyberpunk cosplayers, lockpicking, and much more!
Your donations will help make this awesome event even more awesome, and allow us to keep doing our vital educational and advocacy work in the years to come.
We hope to see you all soon!
This event is sponsored by Pillsbury Law, Whurley, Chilligence, Duo Security, Polycot Associates, the EFF-Austin board and advisors, and supporters like you.
Event schedule below:
Event schedule below:
6:00pm – Owen McNally
6:40pm – Wendy Nather
7:00pm – Jon Lebkowsky
8:00pm – Cory Doctorow
8:30pm – Neil Harbisson, Moon Ribas, and Rich MacKinnon
9:00pm – Jonathan Morgan
9:20pm – Bruce Sterling
10:00pm – Todd Manning
10:45pm – Kevin Bankston
11:00pm – David DeMaris
8:00pm – Electronic Planet Ensemble
9:15pm – Neil Harbisson and Moon Rivas
10:00pm – Missions
11:00pm – Michael Garfield
12:00am – UBA
DJing from Erich Ragsdale in the bar