EFF-Austin is hosting a Security Workshop at UT Law (Townes Hall 2.138) in conjunction with Open Austin. Our speakers will be Alex Shahrestani and Justin Laden. They will be discussing attorney client privilege in regards to digital communications, best actions to prevent and react to privacy breaches, and cloud storage data security.
Alex Shahrestani studied computer science to prepare for a career in the law and technology, and he’s continued his pursuits since arriving at the University of Texas School of Law. He founded the Journal of Law and Technology at Texas, works with EFF Austin, has helped develop automation technology to improve access to expunctions, won an award for entrepreneurship in legal technology, and has invested in big data law with his summer employments. He currently plans to launch his own technology law practice upon graduation in May of 2018. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justin Laden completed his master’s degree in Computer Science with a specialization in security from Boston University in 2010. In addition, he holds graduate certificates in Information Security and Digital Forensics. Justin is passionate about helping clients understand the ever-increasing risks to their assets. For the past six years, he has helped small and medium sized organizations—as well as individuals and start-ups—secure their data and detect network intrusions. Justin is currently working toward his JD at the University of Texas Law School, and plans to combine his experience in computer security with the practice of law. He can be reached at email@example.com.
EFF-Austin is proud to present a performance of the play A Perfect Robot at The Vortex. Imagine if you could shape the perfect companion. Mollybot is the first step: an artificial intelligence designed to anticipate your needs and desires, to give you the best companionship money can buy. However, Diego, Mollybot’s creator, locked her near-human mind away behind a firewall and disappeared. Deep inside her circuitry and aided by the ghost of Alan Turing, Mollybot works to free herself. Setting Mollybot free means diving into heartbreak, loss, and what it means to be human.
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, February 2nd 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.
Please RSVP only if you are planning to attend, we are trying to get an accurate headcount.
Our speaker this month will be Jake Dunagan.
Jake Dunagan is an experiential futurist, governance designer, and teacher. He is Director of Design Futures at verynice.co—a design, innovation, and foresight consultancy that gives half of its work away for free to non-profits, and adjunct professor of Strategic Foresight in the Design Strategy MBA and Strategic Foresight MBA programs at the California College of Arts (CCA). Jake’s work has been centered on the concept of social invention and novel methods to help individuals, organizations, and governing institutions re-imagine and re-invent their futures. He has worked with governments, businesses, foundations, and non-profits around the world. Recent research projects include the future of social entrepreneurship, applied embodied cognition, judicial foresight, kid’s technologies, intellectual property law, and the future of work. He has created tools to increase citizen participation in political system design, as well as designed visual media, interactive experiences, and public engagement projects that inject alternative visions of the future into the present.
Jake is going to be talking to us about the future of governance. We are nearing consensus that our systems of government are partially or fully broken. And yet, most mainstream ideas for how to fix government are regressive, incoherent, or timidly incremental. What would a truly novel form of governance look like? What problems would it solve, or not? How might it work? Who would benefit? Who would suffer? Jake Dunagan, Director of Design Futures at verynice.co and former director of the Governance Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future, has been leading efforts to empower a new generation of social inventors to re-design governance for the 21st Century. Combining a short lecture with participatory exercises, Jake will introduce the basic tenets of political system design and facilitate a group creation of a “mission statement” for a Free State of Austin.