September 15 Meetup: A Dialog About Emerging Legal Structures in Virtual Worlds

September 11, 2014

Time: Monday, September 15, 7pm-9pm Location: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TX. Speaker: Ed Cavazos, Managing Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani RSVP Online video game environments, and, in particular, MMOs (massively multiplayer online games), simulate real-world interaction so well that interesting questions are arising about the application of law and social contracts in […]

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City approves Austin Fire Department drone study

September 4, 2014

Austin Fire Department eyes the skies… On August 7th, the Austin City Council approved a four-year study on the use of robotics by the Austin Fire Department. The draft Interlocal Agreement between the City and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) was unanimously approved along with other items on the consent docket at the […]

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Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies in Austin: Annotated Recording

August 25, 2014

Last week’s EFF-Austin meetup featured informative presentations and a lively discussion on cryptocurrencies. My recording of the meetup, along with links to the speakers’ presentations and topics from the Q&A, is now available: EFF-Austin August Meetup Audio + Links — Soundcloud You can also listen below. Mouse over the bottom of the waveform to see where each speaker begins.

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August Meetup: Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies in Austin

August 13, 2014

When: Monday, August 18, 2014 7pm-9pm Where: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TX RSVP: Meetup.com This month’s meetup will focus on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Several speakers will introduce participants to core cryptocurrency concepts while sharing local innovations in the thriving Bitcoin economy. Several speakers will give ten-minute talks on: Core Technical Concepts […]

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21st Century Virtual Identity: a recording

July 23, 2014

EFF-Austin had a great interactive meeting July 21, with Tom Brown presenting on “21st Century Virtual Identity” and more. Stephen Torrence agreed to record the meeting and post it at Soundcloud. He’s also taken time to annotate the recording. [Link to the recording] [Link to Tom Brown’s slides] And here’s the recording, if you just […]

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July Meetup: 21st Century Virtual Identity

July 7, 2014

When: Monday, July 21, 2014 7pm-9pm Where: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TX RSVP: Meetup.com Speaker: Tom Brown, with an update of his June 1, 2011 talk on Internet Identity The commercialization of the web and the spread of mobile devices have increasingly changed how we identify ourselves and interact with each […]

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Wired: “What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate about Net Neutrality”

June 23, 2014

“We shouldn’t waste so much breath on the idea of keeping the network completely neutral. It isn’t neutral now. What we should really be doing is looking for ways we can increase competition among ISPs — ways we can prevent the Comcasts and the AT&Ts from gaining so much power that they can completely control the […]

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Julian Assange: Reddit IAmA

June 19, 2014

View it here. “What can ordinary people do? Support and promote projects that are acting at scale. WikiLeaks is my realisation of this tension, but there are a flood of others starting. The clash between diversity and global uniformity which has been created by wiring the world to itself is now in play. You are […]

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Encryption is for Everyone!

June 7, 2014

EFF’s Jillian C. York gave this presentation (timed for “Reset the Net”) at the Personal Democracy Forum. Encryption is for everyone! from Jillian York

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EFF-Austin Meetup: A Discussion of EFF Activism from Hackers to Spies

May 20, 2014

We know that there are many challenges that the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other online activist/advocacy organizations are confronting today. We’re no longer on the Electronic Frontier – the frontier is more than settled, and now we’re getting into increasingly complex issues of infrastructure and connectivity, digital “property,” mass online surveillance, police surveillance, etc. Organizations […]

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