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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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November 12th Meetup – PLAN: An Open Source, Offline-First, Secure Communications Platform

Our speaker this month is Drew O’meara. Drew is the architect and lead developer at the PLAN Foundation and is a passionate advocate for community-centric FOSS technologies and platforms. Once a U.S. nuclear submarine officer, Drew also serves as CTO of SoundSpectrum, an audio visualization software company that has shipped software for 15 years, including licensing software to Apple Inc. Drew specializes in the design and engineering of real-time 3D graphics, communications, and distributed systems.

With the arrival of digital decentralization and encryption technologies, we’re closer than ever to a world where free, powerful, and easy-to-use tools allow communities with few resources to self-organize. Yet, our ability to freely communicate is increasingly and alarmingly dependent on a handful of data services and infrastructure providers; many of which are corporate entities, often with uninspiring motivations. Although these services offer value, fundamental questions arise: who owns our data, who has access to it, and what digital rights are assured, if any?

Introducing PLAN, a FOSS communications and logistics planning tool for individuals and organizations, making use of a unique technology stack. Under the hood, PLAN’s open plugin architecture integrates p2p/decentralization, end-to-end encryption, and IRC-inspired flexibility — all in a realtime visual 3D interface that historically only entertainment titles have enjoyed.

In this session, Drew will present PLAN’s technology stack and security model to ignite discussion around how they’re using “trustless” distributed technology to power tools for community organizers with limited resources. We will discuss forthcoming distributed storage and security idioms that are emerging in this new era of privacy-first and community-supported software. PLAN is currently in active development and is authored and supported by the PLAN Foundation, an Austin-based non-profit software foundation. Visit http://plan.tools for more information.

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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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PLAN – An Open Source, Offline-First, Secure Communications Platform

Monday, Nov 12, 2018, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street Suite 150 Austin, TX

9 Activists Attending

Our speaker this month is Drew O’meara. Drew is the architect and lead developer at the PLAN Foundation and is a passionate advocate for community-centric FOSS technologies and platforms. Once a U.S. nuclear submarine officer, Drew also serves as CTO of SoundSpectrum, an audio visualization software company that has shipped software for 15 years, i…

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Smart Technology Policy – Leveraging Industry Experience To Create Better Laws

The rate of technological innovation accelerates at an exponential pace every year, and yet it seems the laws we pass to regulate these new technologies struggle to keep up, leaving our rights and the smooth functioning of our society at risk. From the abolition of net neutrality and demands for encryption backdoors in our secure communications to such outlandish and ill-advised proposals as link taxes and impossible-to-implement copyright filters, we see our politicians proposing policies that leave experts in their respective fields shaking their heads in dismay. The lack of elected officials with professional backgrounds and experience in the technology sector leaves our legislators woefully unprepared to fully understand the implications of the laws they are passing, forcing them to defer to well-funded industry groups who may not always have the public’s best interest in mind. To ensure that our laws around emerging technologies are written with the expertise necessary to enshrine and preserve our rights, it is vital that industry leaders in these fields answer the call to civic service.

Join EFF-Austin for a tech policy panel discussion on October 12th from 3:30pm-4:30pm at B.D.Riley’s on 6th with the Steven Kling for Texas Senate and Joseph Kopser for Congress campaigns, where we will discuss over beers how their backgrounds in the technology sector give them the knowledge and expertise to craft the laws that the 21st century will require.

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Smart Tech Policy Panel With Joseph Kopser and Steve Kling

Friday, Oct 12, 2018, 3:00 PM

BD Riley’s
206 E 6th St Austin, TX

7 Activists Attending

The rate of technological innovation accelerates at an exponential pace every year, and yet it seems the laws we pass to regulate these new technologies struggle to keep up, leaving our rights and the smooth functioning of our society at risk. From the abolition of net neutrality and demands for encryption backdoors in our secure communications to …

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https://www.facebook.com/events/1806972862705910/

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