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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.
Meet Cindy Cohn, EFF’s Executive Director, At EFF-Austin’s SXSW Party!
CHECK THIS PAGE FREQUENTLY FOR UPDATES, WE ARE STILL PUTTING THIS EVENT TOGETHER 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 …
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.
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!
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.
“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.
“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…
The Cypherpunks Strike Back – Tomorrow’s Tech Activism Today – Sunday, March 11th, 7:00pm-11:00pm, The High Road on Dawson
The annual EFF-Austin Cyberpunk Party is upon us! Check back at this space for additional details as they are confirmed.
In the ongoing crises of our present moment, it is easy to succumb to apathy. Our personal information stolen and compromised, our rights eroded and our privacy erased, our own technological tools weaponized by state and private actors to sow disinformation and distrust. In the midst of all this paranoid confusion, it is tempting to hunker down and hope this futureshock storm will pass us by. We wonder, what can we do to make a difference, to make sure that our rights are protected in a world in desperate need of great cognitive security.
At EFF-Austin’s beloved annual party, we will meet and engage with a variety of modern activists who are showing us how we can fight for a better world where our technology works for and empowers us. Our keynote speakers are Caroline Old Coyote and Michael Running Wolf, Native American VR/AR activists who are using technology to preserve their cultures and heritage. Additional speakers include EFF Investigative Researcher David Maass discussing police surveillance, government transparency, and legislation in California, former EFF-Austin president Jon Lebkowsky, Carly Rose Jackson with Texans For Voter Choice, and Vikki Goodwin, Democratic candidate for Texas House District 47.
In addition to this inspiring group of activists, musical acts will include Michael Garfield, Pilgrimess, and UBA. There will also be custom video game consoles, lockpicking, and cosplay. Finally, leading up to the party will be the world’s first cyborg pride parade. As the electronic frontier moves into our bodies, it is important that we cyber-libertarians march as allies alongside the cyborgs among us and the cyborgs we will all someday become. What do we want? cyborg rights! When do we want them? Now! We hope to see you all there!
7:00pm-7:30pm – Michael Garfield
Michael Garfield writes music for which new words must be invented. Simultaneously tender and apocalyptic, chill and energetic, intensely technical yet vulnerable tunes that re-imagine folk and psychedelic rock alike, updating “solo artist with guitar” to suit our age of planetary renaissance.
7:30pm-7:40pm – Opening remarks from Kevin Welch, Jon Lebkowsky, Owen McNally
Remarks on the passage of John Perry Barlow (1947-2018)
7:40pm-8:10pm – Caroline Old Coyote and Michael Running Wolf
Presentation: “Standing Rock is Everywhere – Protect the Sacred”
Connecting the water protector camps on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation with a movement sweeping the nation and addressing the needs of the world – to protest the exploitation of non-renewable energy sources, to protect our water and environment, and to resist the attacks on our humanity and sovereignty.
8:20pm-8:50pm – Dave Maass
Across the country, battles over free expression and privacy are playing out in statehouses and city council chambers. The Electronic Frontier Foundation–along with local Electronic Frontier Alliance members like EFF Austin–is fighting against police surveillance, overbroad hacking laws, and mandatory porn filters. At the same time, we’re also advancing our rights through transparency ordinances and legislation that would ensure greater access to the Internet. EFF Senior Investigative Researcher will provide an overview of EFF’s activism work, including his quest to file 1,000 public records requests regarding one of the most pernicious forms of police technology, automated license plate readers.
9:00pm-9:30pm – Pilgrimess
Pilgrimess presides over the religious rituals of the future, playing darkwave jams that are equally soothing and menacing while accompanied by her coterie of masked, dancing spirit animals.
9:40pm-10:00pm – Vikki Goodwin and Rob Matney
We will hear from two political campaigns, Vicki Goodwin, Democratic candidate for State House District 47, and Rob Matney speaking on behalf of Steve Kling, Democratic candidate for State Senate District 25.
10:00pm-10:20pm – Carly Rose Jackson
Carly Rose Jackson will be speaking to us on behalf of Texans For Voter Choice, an advocacy group attempting to use technology to allow for more third party participation in the Democratic process.
10:30pm-11:00pm – UBA
UBA (pronounced Ooo Bah) is the electro mind-meld of Mickey Delp (Delptronics) and Ricardo Acevedo (Lost Cat Magnet). This union creates music that throbs of the raw early electronica of Chris and Cosy, Suicide, while blurring the art edge with the cinematic vision of the likes of Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno, and Coil.
EFF-Austin Presents The Cypherpunks Strike Back – Tomorrow’s Tech Activism Today
Sunday, Mar 11, 2018, 7:00 PM
The High Road 700 Dawson Road Austin, TX
48 Activists Went
The annual EFF-Austin Cyberpunk Party is upon us! Check back at this space for additional details as they are confirmed. In the ongoing crises of our present moment, it is easy to succumb to apathy. Our personal information stolen and compromised, our rights eroded and our privacy erased, our own technological tools weaponized by state and private …