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EFF-Austin is back with our annual unofficial SXSW shindig, and this year we’re throwing a house party and all the cyberpunks are invited! Come join us at our board member Chris Boyd’s house in Travis Heights, easy Lyft, biking, or scooter distance from downtown but a welcome oasis from the hubbub of SX at large. There will be free drinks and appetizers for our guests while supplies last (BYOB and food donations are welcome and encouraged). As always, our event is free to attend and doesn’t require any SX wristbands or badges. There is a suggested $20 donation, half of which will go to recoup Chris’s costs, the other half of which will be donated to Electronic Frontier Foundation.
We are honored to be joined by a very special guest this year, Cindy Cohn, EFF’s Executive Director. Named one of the 50 most important women in tech by Forbes Magazine, Cindy is a civil liberties attorney specializing in internet law. Cindy was one of the principal litigators in Bernstein v. United States, which established computer code as a form of free speech protected by the constitution and which allowed for the widespread deployment of encryption. She will be speaking to us about her current work leading EFF and where things are going in the fight for digital civil liberties. If you are attending SXSW, she will also be speaking on the following panel: https://schedule.sxsw.com/2019/events/PP90794
In addition, musical entertainment will be provided by local artists Pet Cat Man and Pilgrimess from 8pm-10pm in the backyard.