Our latest EFF-Austin event takes a cyberpunk perspective on 2017, exploring how our vision of the future has changed over the last forty years of science-fiction made real, and considering this year as a turning point in the way we live our lives and participate in our society, as well as our sense of personal autonomy.
Cyberpunk imagines a world where the average person’s autonomy and privacy is commoditized and exploited by the shadowy machinations of global forces beyond our comprehension. “Information wants to be free,” and when a person’s image, voice, and words all manifest as data, their personal identity is potentially free for the taking.
In a world where dead actors are resurrected as data objects in major motion picture blockbusters, where a billion people’s account data can be stolen by a few rogue hackers, where software can edit video to show a person doing and saying things they never actually did or said, where services are free because users are the product, where truth is secondary to narrative, how can we hope to ensure that privacy and the right to one’s data and representation remains a fundamental, enshrined, and preserved right?
Taking place at The Butterfly Bar/The Vortex on Saturday, March 11th from 5:00pm-1:00am, there will be free drinks for our supporters who register in advance as well as illuminating talks from a variety of speakers including Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, Neil Harbisson, Moon Ribas, Jon Lebkowksy, Rich MacKinnon, David DeMaris, Todd Manning, Jonathan Morgan, Wendy Nather, Kevin Bankston, and Owen McNally. There will also be cutting-edge electronic music from Michael Garfield, Electronic Planet Ensemble, UBA, Missions, Erich Ragsdale, and others, 8-bit LED video games, representatives from private communications non-profit The Operator Foundation, antique WWII-era spygear, projections, an interactive generative music station, cyberpunk cosplayers, lockpicking, and much more!
Your donations will help make this awesome event even more awesome, and allow us to keep doing our vital educational and advocacy work in the years to come.
We hope to see you all soon!
This event is sponsored by Pillsbury Law, Whurley, Chilligence, Duo Security, Polycot Associates, the EFF-Austin board and advisors, and supporters like you.
Event schedule below:
Event schedule below:
6:00pm – Owen McNally
6:40pm – Wendy Nather
7:00pm – Jon Lebkowsky
8:00pm – Cory Doctorow
8:30pm – Neil Harbisson, Moon Ribas, and Rich MacKinnon
9:00pm – Jonathan Morgan
9:20pm – Bruce Sterling
10:00pm – Todd Manning
10:45pm – Kevin Bankston
11:00pm – David DeMaris
8:00pm – Electronic Planet Ensemble
9:15pm – Neil Harbisson and Moon Rivas
10:00pm – Missions
11:00pm – Michael Garfield
12:00am – UBA
DJing from Erich Ragsdale in the bar