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December 10th Meetup: EFF-Austin’s Gameplan For The Next Session Of The Texas Legislature

EFF-Austin had some mild but exciting success during the last legislative session. Without much of a plan in mind, we sought out bills that touched on technology topics and reached out to senators and representatives with our notes on what could be improved. They listened, and this time, we are heading in to the legislative session with a plan.

Join the EFF-Austin team as we present our legislative agenda for the 86(R) session, including what our strategy is, what our current areas of interest are, the materials we will be sharing with the legislators, and how you can get involved.

Alex Shahrestani is the current EFF-Austin Vice President, and is leading the legislative efforts for this coming session. He’s an attorney with a passion for technology and the law, with a background in computer science. This is his second legislative session in Texas, with experience both on behalf of EFF-Austin and in the office of a legislator.

He will be joined by UT Law’s Legislative Lawyering Clinic students who have been assigned to assist EFF-Austin in its policy goals for the coming session.

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Join us for the discussion from 7:00PM-9:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 9:00PM-10:00PM at Firehouse Lounge (605 Brazos St).

Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 16th floor of the Omni Hotel. Once on the 16th floor, there should be a sign at the front desk directing you to our meetup. If there is no sign, and no one is on duty at the desk, we are usually in the room to the left of the front desk.

Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive

Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk, reducing the cost from $18 to $7. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/

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EFF-Austin’s Gameplan For The Next Session Of The Texas Legislature

Monday, Dec 10, 2018, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street Suite 150 Austin, TX

16 Activists Attending

EFF-Austin had some mild but exciting success during the last legislative session. Without much of a plan in mind, we sought out bills that touched on technology topics and reached out to senators and representatives with our notes on what could be improved. They listened, and this time, we are heading in to the legislative session with a plan. Joi…

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December 13th – 2018 Holiday Party at B.D.Riley’s on 6th

It’s that time of year again! Join us for the EFF-Austin Holiday party on Thursday, December 13th, from 7:00pm-9:00pm at B.D.Riley’s Irish Pub on 6th Street. Each guest will receive a drink ticket good for one free beer, house wine, or well drink, and we will have a variety of free appetizers as well.

EFF-Austin (Electronic Frontier Foundation of Austin) is a local advocacy, educational, and community-organizational group that promotes bringing together those interested in learning about the myriad ways in which our ever evolving digital culture affects our communities and our societies. We host monthly meetups featuring speakers on a variety of topics – recent discussions have included secure communications platforms, the history of privacy law in the United States, the philosophical justifications for the right of privacy, the future of internet freedom, green data centers, the intersection of digital art and the law, and the tyranny of contract. We have also had various members of our board speak to various groups around town, such as Nerd Nite, gShowdown at Galvanize, Actlab, and the Nonprofit Tech Club, about a variety of topics related to digital civil liberties. In addition to this learning, EFF-Austin hopes to provide a resource whereby those interested in creating change in our digital world can meet like-minded minds and have a community to collaborate with and support them in their endeavors. More info here: https://effaustin.org

In addition to the party serving as a chance to get to know our fellow digital citizens in a more relaxed setting, the party is a great opportunity to learn about what’s planned for EFF-Austin in the coming year. We have accomplished a lot over the last year with several major events like our annual cyberpunk party at SXSW, a smart tech policy panel with candidates for state and national office Steven Kling and Joseph Kopser, as well as co-hosting events and fostering relationships with The Operator Foundation, The PLAN Foundation, and Indieweb Austin. We continue to extend the reach of our activities and look to assistance and volunteers from the community to further broaden our ability to effectively carry out our mission.

No RSVP required to attend, but you can register here to give us a headcount and ensure your admittance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eff-austins-annual-holiday-party-tickets-53127307206. In addition, this party is serving as a fundraiser for EFF-Austin, so you can make an optional donation to us when you register for your ticket here. We hope to see you there!

Also, get your EFF-Austin ugly Christmas sweaters here! – https://www.customizedgirl.com/s/effaustin

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EFF-Austin’s Annual Holiday Party!

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018, 7:00 PM

BD Riley’s
206 E 6th St Austin, TX

5 Activists Attending

It’s that time of year again! Join us for the EFF-Austin Holiday party on Thursday, December 13th, from 7:00pm-9:00pm at B.D.Riley’s Irish Pub on 6th Street. Each guest will receive a drink ticket good for one free beer, house wine, or well drink, and we will have a variety of free appetizers as well. EFF-Austin (Electronic Frontier Foundation of A…

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https://www.facebook.com/events/573649933105022/

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Nerd Nite 108: Adventures on the Electronic Frontier

Join us at the North Door on Wednesday, November 14th for this month’s Nerd Nite!

Nerd Nite 108 – Hackers, Lawyers, and Cyberpunks: Adventures on the Electronic Frontier

7:00– Alley entrance open
7:20– Speed-dating starts
7:30– Seating area/main room open
8:00– Show starts

SPEED DATING IS OPEN! https://austin.nerdnite.com/speed-dating/

As always, Nerd Nite is free. If you want to, you can RSVP to our Facebook event, or just show up.

Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a drink, tip your bartenders, and relax!

ASL interpreters will be present. Our awesome librarian friends from the Austin Public Library will bring books, too.
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We’re incredibly excited about this month’s Nerd Nite collaboration with EFF Austin! The Electronic Frontier Foundation is an international non-profit digital rights group, and the Austin chapter has provided three amazing speakers to fill the night with interesting and exciting topics quite relevant to current events!
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This month’s talks:

“Net Neutrality 101” by Kevin Welch

Net Neutrality has become a rallying cry for the internet, but for a subject so essential to modern digital activism, it can be a thorny concept to fully wrap one’s head around. Proponents and detractors will make arguments citing obscure legal precedents and technical jargon that can be hard to cut through. Join Kevin Welch, president of EFF-Austin, as he provides an accessible yet thorough introduction to the legal, legislative, and regulatory history of net neutrality.

Kevin Welch is the president of EFF-Austin, an Austin-based digital civil liberties non-profit affiliated with Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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“Keep Austin Wired: A History of Local Net.Activism” by Jon Lebkowsky

Austin was an early hotbed of internet activism, primarily through EFF-Austin, formed in 1991 as a potential alpha chapter of the national Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). EFF’s first major case was in Austin – Steve Jackson Games vs the US Secret Service. I’ll talk about EFF-Austin’s formation and 27 year history, including its relationship to projects like Robofest and Austin Wireless City.

Jon Lebkowsky is co-founder and CEO of the member-owned web development company, Polycot Associates. He is also an activist and writer/blogger focused on strategic foresight, Internet evolution, digital culture, cyber liberties, media, and society.

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“A More Secure Home Network” by Chris Boyd

Chris will discuss his model for improving security and privacy by separating traffic from IoT, smart devices, toasters, and other networked devices currently found in homes.

Chris is a long time packet pusher, and started learning networking and data communications just before the dawn of the World Wide Web.

Nerd Nite 108: Adventures on the Electronic Frontier

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018, 8:00 PM

North Door
502 Brushy St, Austin, TX Austin, TX

1 Activists Attending

Join us at the North Door on Wednesday, November 14th for this month’s Nerd Nite! Nerd Nite 108 – Hackers, Lawyers, and Cyberpunks: Adventures on the Electronic Frontier 7:00– Alley entrance open 7:20– Speed-dating starts 7:30– Seating area/main room open 8:00– Show starts SPEED DATING IS OPEN! https://austin.nerdnite.com/speed-dating/ As always, N…

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