October Meetup Recap — Austin on the Electronic Frontier

October 23, 2014

At our meetup this past Monday, October 20th, Gregory Foster presented on the asymmetry in data flow between United States government entities and the public. Communities like MuckRock have arisen to streamline open records requests, but scaling and improving the data dialog remains difficult, and many agencies have become cautious about ‘Government 2.0′ efforts post-Snowden. How can we “Think […]

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ComputerCOP in Travis County

October 20, 2014

Here’s a video about the dangers of using ComputerCOP software, which has been distributed by hopefully unwitting law enforcement organizations: In 2011, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office distributed 5,000 copies of ComputerCOP with keylogger. Sources: EFF MyFoxAustin Television News KXAN Television News KLBJ Radio

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Watch: Meetup on Emerging Legal Structures in Virtual Worlds

September 30, 2014

Two weeks ago, Ed Cavazos led an interactive talk on the legal complexities and challenges around property, possession, and access in virtual worlds. You can watch the full video recording here thanks to our friends at Capital Factory. Ed’s talk begins immediately. Discussion goes from 0:19 to 1:44. Related Links: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1097392 http://www.lextechnologiae.com/2011/06/17/extending-real-world-laws-to-virtual-worlds-is-a-terrible-idea/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Player_versus_player#Player_killing http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/legal/wow_eula.html http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/eve-online-meet-man-controlling-18-million-space-economy-1447437 http://www.yikyakapp.com/

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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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