For a decade and a half, I’ve served as President of EFF-Austin – and I put in additional years as both Vice President and President in the 90s. It’s been a great ride: while I was president, we worked hard in support of digital freedom, worked with coalitions global and local in the interest of Internet freedom and privacy, held many public meetings and events, spent some time lobbying the Texas legislature via Save Muni Wireless and the Texas Electronic Privacy Coalition. We’ve accomplished a lot, and we’ll continue to do more – but I won’t be at the helm.

Last week I resigned as President of EFF-Austin, and the Board of Directors, while accepting my resignation, elected a new President, Kevin Welch. Kevin has been organizing, managing and leading EFF-Austin’s monthly meetups. I’m happy to place the leadership of EFF-Austin in his very capable hands. Kevin describes himself as “an idealistic dreamer and an omnivore of knowledge.” He brings a great renewed energy to the office of EFF-Austin President.

I’ll still serve on the EFF-Austin Board of Directors, and look forward to another great year of commitment to its mission in 2017.


~ Jon Lebkowsky

jgorStill have your copy of “The MIT Guide to Lock Picking” from the BBS era, perhaps tucked away with the Anarchist’s Cookbook and other favorites? The hobbyist lockpicking scene has exploded in the U.S. in the last decade, and Austin has been a major player in its rise to popularity. Join jgor, nationally-ranked competitive lockpicker and organizer of the Longhorn Lockpicking club for a hands-on introduction to locksport and how lockpicking works.

There will be plenty of practice locks and lockpick tools to play with after the presentation, but if you have an interesting lock or happen to have your own lockpick set feel free to bring those along as well.

Monday, June 13, 2016 at Capital Factory

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On March 9, 2010, EFF-Austin sponsored an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the raid on Steve Jackson Games, which became the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s first prominent case when Steve sued the U.S. Secret Service, and which inspired the founding of EFF-Austin. Our event included a panel featuring Steve Jackson, Austin attorney Pete Kennedy (who argued the case), Bruce Sterling (author of Hacker Crackdown) and EFF-Austin President Jon Lebkowsky. We’ve just unearthed and uploaded video of the event.