August 13th Meetup – The Future of Internet Freedom: Why It Will Fail, and How We Will Save It

Our speaker this month is Dr. Brandon Wiley. Dr. Brandon Wiley is the President of Operator Foundation (https://operatorfoundation.org/), a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization founded to promote internet freedom, open communication and global internet security through technology development, deployment, and education. Operator develops hardware and software technologies to facilitate access to credible and relevant information and open communication around the world. Dr. Wiley is a well-renowned expert on peer-to-peer, decentralization, and Internet freedom technology. He is the co-author of the book “Peer-to-Peer: Harnessing the Power of a Disruptive Technology” and has spoken at numerous technical conferences, such as Black Hat, Defcon, and SXSW Interactive. He is a Google Ideas Research Fellow, an Open Technology Fund Rapid Response Research Fellow, and a member of the program committee for SXSW Interactive.

An ACTLab graduate, Brandon Wiley will be giving a talk titled: “The Future of Internet Freedom: Why It Will Fail, and How We Will Save It.” Dr. Wiley’s presentation on cyber liberties will span the theoretical framework of why cyber liberties and obtaining creditable news sources remains paramount in our current geo-political climate. He will also demonstrate custom designed wireless hardware devices created by The Operator Foundation that utilize the Iridium satellite network when internet blackouts occur.

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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 purchased in advance using Spot Hero. This will allow you to obtain a QR code that allows for entry to the garage at a greatly discounted rate vs what you’d have to pay on-site. Details: https://spothero.com/austin-parking

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The Future of Internet Freedom: Why It Will Fail, and How We Will Save It

Monday, Aug 13, 2018, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601 Austin, TX

7 Activists Attending

Our speaker this month is Dr. Brandon Wiley. Dr. Brandon Wiley is the President of Operator Foundation (https://operatorfoundation.org/), a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization founded to promote internet freedom, open communication and global internet security through technology development, deployment, and education. Operator develops hardw…

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New Cryptocurrency At The Foundation Of International Seasteading Group

Blue Frontiers, an international seasteading organization is relying on cryptocurrency to support its experimental society, as they discussed at SquareRut, a local Austin Kava bar.

Varyon, the groups’ self-engineered cryptocurrency, is built on the Ethereum blockchain, which may serve as more than a monetary maintenance system. Josh Lopez, a Blue Frontiers engineer, suggested the possible use of blockchains for civic duties and participation such as voting and discussion. Lopez explained that this can help breakdown desires among theoretical citizens and ensure that each ‘citizen’ is able to have their voice recognized and integrated in the determination of their societal structure.

Seasteading is a new and developing phenomenon that is the use of large man-made platforms that act as artificial islands, sustaining cities and communities that exist on large bodies of water. The goal is for inhabitants to be able to live within their own nation state, independent of traditional governments.

One of the primary goals of Blue Frontiers is to give people more power over their society and governance and to be able to work with one’s fellow man to shape the world that they want to live in. A quintessential aspect of Blue Frontiers is to be a better option for people who feel as though the may live in a corrupt or unfavorable society. This is intended to be an opportunity for citizens to find the “historically functional components’ of government “and use them,” according to Lopez. “If it works, it works.”

It all begins with investing in that society’s currency, the current minimum of which is 1 ETH, according to spokesperson Nathalie Mezza-Garcia. “We are currently tuning our white paper so that our token supports features that can make this translation easier,” she explained in reference to purchasing Varyon.

Civic duty and participation go beyond discussion and the determination of abstract societal structures such as law. There are a variety of contributions to the preparation of Blue Frontiers’ ‘Pilot Project,’ which will take place in the French Polynesian Islands. While some applicants are currently working together to physically build and engineer the technology that will ‘keep them afloat,’ others are contributing in a variety of ways, from simple photography to collaborating with the the French Polynesian government to ensure a harmonious coexistence between their own community and the surrounding natives.

This is one of many budding instances of people or organizations using cryptocurrency as a foundation for the development of an evolved world. But how will the community remain safe from possible enemies? “Alignment,” Lopez explained. The French Polynesian government is already working with the organization, and there are plans to further outreach to other countries.

Technology driven civic duties, currency and ‘land’ structures aside, economic safety zones are one of the most definitive aspects of Blue Frontiers project, and could serve as their shield from danger. These areas will allow professionals from a variety of fields, from medicine to engineering, to practice their craft without regulations and rules that may hinder research and development in their original or home countries. Local natives will also be able to participate in these economic zones, experimenting and understanding technology and other products/practices that they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.

February 6th – Unwarranted Surveillance – A JOLTT panel featuring EFF’s Shahid Buttar

The Journal Of Law And Technology At Texas (JOLTT – http://jolttx.com) is proud to present the panel Unwarranted Surveillance, featuring Shahid Buttar of EFF and Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck of The UT School of Law. Shahid will be visiting Austin as a guest of EFF-Austin, a long-time local affinity group of EFF and a member of their Electronic Frontier Alliance (EFA).

Congress recently reauthorized, extended, and expanded NSA surveillance without a judicial warrant requirement to restrain documented (and potentially recurring) abuses. Why does domestic surveillance prompt concerns from across the political spectrum? How does it relate to constitutional norms and principles? And how does it connect a recurring debate in the federal policy arena to local policing—and policy opportunities available to grassroots networks and local policymakers in cities across the country? All this and more will be discussed at this panel.

Shahid Buttar is an artist, writer, organizer, and lawyer. He works at the Electronic Frontier Foundation as the organization’s Director of Grassroots Advocacy, offering him opportunities to work with organizations and affinity groups around the country fighting mass surveillance and corporate control over science and culture. Shahid also serves on the boards of Defending Rights and Dissent and the Fund for Constitutional Government, served as the Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee from 2009-2016, and graduated from Stanford Law School in 2003, where he served as Lawrence Lessig’s teaching assistant for Constitutional Law.

Robert M. (“Bobby”) Chesney is an American lawyer and the Charles I. Francis Professor in Law at The University of Texas School of Law, where he serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and teaches courses relating to U.S. national security and constitutional law. In addition, he is the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, a University-wide research unit bridging across disciplines to improve understanding of international security issues, as well as cyber-security and AI-related issues. Chesney addresses issues involving national security and law, including matters relating to military detention, the use of force, terrorism-related prosecutions, the role of the courts in national security affairs, and the relationship between military and intelligence community activities. He is a co-founder and contributor along with Benjamin Wittes and Jack Goldsmith to the Lawfare Blog.

Stephen Vladeck is a Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law, where he specializes in national security law, especially with relation to the prosecution of war crimes. Vladeck has commented on the legality of the United States’ use of extrajudicial detention and torture.

Open to the public.

Location Details: UT School of Law is located off of Dean Keeton St & Robert Deadman Dr. The meeting will be held in Townes Hall (TNH) Room 2.140 which is on the Ground Floor near the North Patio and Courtyard.


Unwarranted Surveillance – A JOLTT panel featuring EFF’s Shahid Buttar

Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018, 3:30 PM

Townes Hall (TNH) 2.140
727 E Dean Keeton St Austin, TX

14 Activists Went

The Journal Of Law And Technology At Texas (JOLTT – http://jolttx.com) is proud to present the panel Unwarranted Surveillance, featuring Shahid Buttar of EFF and Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck of The UT School of Law. Shahid will be visiting Austin as a guest of EFF-Austin, a long-time local affinity group of EFF and a member of their Electronic F…

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