Public Hearing: Texas SB786 and HB1608

March 27, 2013

Hearings at the Texas Legislature were live tweeted by Gregory Foster for EFF-Austin and TxEPC. [View the story "Public Hearing: Texas SB786 and HB1608" on Storify] Public Hearing: Texas SB786 and HB1608 Cellphone tracking legislation. Storified by Jon Lebkowsky· Wed, Mar 27 2013 08:47:46 #HB1608 on cellphone geolocation #privacy will be heard by the Criminal […]

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March 26 is Privacy Day

March 25, 2013

Law enforcement agencies have been allowed, even encouraged, to follow the actions and movements of citizens more closely at a time when digital technologies have amplified their ability to do so, and laws to protect privacy and ensure that the wheels of justice are not rolling over our rights haven’t kept up. EFF-Austin is currently […]

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Participating in Public Hearings of Committees of the Texas House of Representatives

March 24, 2013

“Freedom of Speech” by Norman Rockwell (1943) One of the most important moments in a piece of legislation’s lifecycle is its public hearing. This is the opportunity for a bill to be formally considered by its assigned committee, and a decision made as to whether the bill will be reported out of committee to the […]

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EFF & EFF-Austin host Hack Digital Freedom: #SXSW (March 9)

March 7, 2013

Join the Electronic Frontier Foundation, EFF-Austin, and iSEC Partners for a special gathering to celebrate digital freedom! Learn, discuss, and network with online civil liberties supporters and meet the people behind the world’s leading digital rights organizations. Raise a glass with us and discover what’s next in free expression, digital privacy, and protecting the future […]

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EFF-Austin and the Texas Electronic Privacy Coalition (TxEPC)

March 1, 2013

In early January of this year, as the Texas state legislature inaugurated its 83rd biennial session, EFF-Austin connected with a group of citizen activists concerned about the hidden exchange of information between telecommunications companies and law enforcement agencies. Together with the ACLU of Texas, Texans for Accountable Government, and the widely read and respected criminal […]

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EFF: Free Speech Battle Over Publication of Federal Law

February 25, 2013

Press release from EFF.org: The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asked a federal judge today to protect the free speech rights of an online archive of laws and legal standards after a wrongheaded copyright claim forced the removal of a document detailing important technical standards required by the federal government and several states. EFF and co-counsel […]

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February 22: An Evening with Cory Doctorow and EFF-Austin

February 13, 2013

Join EFF-Austin and Cory Doctorow on Friday, February 22 at the Tiniest Bar in Texas, 817 West Fifth Street in Austin, 7-10pm! We’ll be jammin’, talking about computers, freedom and privacy – with music by DJ Strangevibe and conversation with NY Times bestselling author Cory Doctorow! This is also the launch of the Texas Electronic […]

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Crowdsource PACER liberation in tribute to Aaron Swartz

February 10, 2013

In late January, Aaron Greenspan announced “Operation Asymptote” to the influential Liberation Technologies mailing list: In case anyone is interested, I’ve built a tool to crowdsource the downloading of PACER materials. You can find details here: http://www.aarongreenspan.com/writing/essay.html?id=85 http://www.plainsite.org/asymptote/index.html I looked into Operation Asymptote, and recommend it as an effective and poetic tribute to Aaron Swartz‘s […]

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Open Austin building momentum

February 4, 2013

Last week, I attended the monthly meeting for Open Austin, a group which has been around for several years promoting better governance through open technologies. I’m writing to draw attention to their recent successes and increasing importance to the City of Austin. There’s an interesting history to be written about the formation of Open Austin […]

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Who can find your phone?

January 16, 2013

EFF-Austin is promoting new legislation to require police to obtain a warrant for cellphone tracking. Police can leverage the technology that allows cellphone signals to reach your phone, and that you can use to find your phone when it’s lost, to track your movements. This requires the cooperation of cellphone companies, which are getting a […]

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