The FCC’s classification of broadband internet under Title II of the Telecommunications Act has been upheld in U.S. Appeals Court.
EFF-Austin board member Heather Barfield has conceived and directed a new play at The Vortex theater titled Privacy Settings. Based on the ancient Greek play of Prometheus Bound, Privacy Settings imagines Edward Snowden in the titular role of Prometheus, the titan whole stole fire from the gods and gifted it to mankind. The play is inspired by the actions and punishments of contemporary whistle-blowers, advocates for digital privacy rights and perversions of American civil liberties. Privacy Settings offers a “surveillance fun house” with opportunities for unique interactive experiences. Some of these experiences include actionable tips about how you can increase your digital privacy from the moment you walk out of the play later that evening.
EFF-Austin has managed to obtain a special deal for our followers to see the play for the low price of $10 a person on Thursday, June 16th at 8:00pm. On the night of the show you can mention that you’re with EFF-Austin to the Box Office and they will allow you to purchase the discounted tickets, which are being held for our group in our name. EFF-Austin board member 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. Following the play, EFF-Austin president Jon Lebkowsky will lead a talkback to discuss the issues raised by the play.
We encourage everyone in the Austin tech community, as well as anyone who wants to learn more about the modern surveillance state and the increasingly large impact it’s going to have on our lives, to attend.
Please RSVP only if you are planning to attend, we are trying to get an accurate headcount.
Watch Edward Snowden teach you how to mod your phone so that if it’s been hacked you can no longer be seen or overheard.
Still have your copy of “The MIT Guide to Lock Picking” from the BBS era, perhaps tucked away with the Anarchist’s Cookbook and other favorites? The hobbyist lockpicking scene has exploded in the U.S. in the last decade, and Austin has been a major player in its rise to popularity. Join jgor, nationally-ranked competitive lockpicker and organizer of the Longhorn Lockpicking club for a hands-on introduction to locksport and how lockpicking works.
There will be plenty of practice locks and lockpick tools to play with after the presentation, but if you have an interesting lock or happen to have your own lockpick set feel free to bring those along as well.
Monday, June 13, 2016 at Capital Factory
The ethics of the mass adoption of facial recognition software and what it means for people’s right to privacy and the rise of the surveillance state are questions we’re going to have to grapple with sooner rather than later.