January 8th Meetup: Hack The Election – Using Technology To Increase Voter Registration

NOTE THE TIME CHANGE. OUR MEETUP IS NOW ON TUESDAY EVENINGS GOING FORWARD. WE HAVE MADE THIS CHANGE WITH THE HOPE THAT MORE PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND OUR MEETUPS IN THE COMING YEAR.

Our speaker this month is Jeremy Smith. Jeremy is the Executive Director of Register2Vote, a TX 501c4 focused on increasing access to voting rights, and a Founder of BlueSquad, a progressive political tech company. He is a West Point graduate who served five years in the Army as an Engineer and Special Operations officer. Jeremy is a Marshall Scholar who studied Infectious Diseases Epidemiology at Imperial College London. After leaving the military, Jeremy worked for the Hillary Clinton campaign as the Director of Plans and Operations for Voter Protection in Florida, where he helped recruit, train, and coordinate more than 6,000 attorneys countering voter suppression. Since then, he has worked on the Doug Jones campaign in Alabama and has been helping support candidates across Texas.

Jeremy will speak to us about Register2Vote and MapTheVote: two nonprofit projects that used public records and simple technology to help voters and volunteers navigate around archaic laws in Texas that are often attributed as the cause for Texas having the lowest rate of voter registration in the nation. You can see the map ahead of time at https://mapthe.vote and the other tools at https://register2vote.org

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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 validated at the Capital Factory front desk, reducing the cost from $18 to $7. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/

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December 10th Meetup: EFF-Austin’s Gameplan For The Next Session Of The Texas Legislature

EFF-Austin had some mild but exciting success during the last legislative session. Without much of a plan in mind, we sought out bills that touched on technology topics and reached out to senators and representatives with our notes on what could be improved. They listened, and this time, we are heading in to the legislative session with a plan.

Join the EFF-Austin team as we present our legislative agenda for the 86(R) session, including what our strategy is, what our current areas of interest are, the materials we will be sharing with the legislators, and how you can get involved.

Alex Shahrestani is the current EFF-Austin Vice President, and is leading the legislative efforts for this coming session. He’s an attorney with a passion for technology and the law, with a background in computer science. This is his second legislative session in Texas, with experience both on behalf of EFF-Austin and in the office of a legislator.

He will be joined by UT Law’s Legislative Lawyering Clinic students who have been assigned to assist EFF-Austin in its policy goals for the coming session.

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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 validated at the Capital Factory front desk, reducing the cost from $18 to $7. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/

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EFF-Austin’s Gameplan For The Next Session Of The Texas Legislature

Monday, Dec 10, 2018, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street Suite 150 Austin, TX

26 Activists Went

EFF-Austin had some mild but exciting success during the last legislative session. Without much of a plan in mind, we sought out bills that touched on technology topics and reached out to senators and representatives with our notes on what could be improved. They listened, and this time, we are heading in to the legislative session with a plan. Joi…

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September 10th Meetup – Scott McCollough: The Right to Privacy

Our speaker this month is Scott McCollough. Scott McCollough is a communications and internet attorney and former EFF-Austin board member with unparalleled knowledge and experience relating to those places where technology and regulation intersect – and often collide – all the way up the protocol stack. His clients have included competitive communications companies and Internet service and application providers, with a focus on public law and regulation relating to telecommunications, computers, Internet, privacy, procurement, electric and gas utilities, economic regulation, consulting, governmental relations, and instruction and training to individuals, groups, companies and governmental agencies. He is a past Contract Consumer Advocate (representing residential and small business consumers) with the City of Austin Electric Utility (1994-1999) and a former Regulatory Counsel for Texas ISDN Users Group and Texas Internet Service Providers Association. He is a graduate with honors of The University of Texas School of Law and currently manages his own firm here in Austin.

For our monthly meetup, McCollough will address the philosophical, ethical and legal underpinnings of the right to privacy, with specific attention to “information privacy.” As a group we will discuss what “privacy” “is” and why it is important to society. McCollough will advance the natural law, positive law and utilitarian arguments in favor of privacy. He will trace “natural law” concepts of privacy through the ages and discuss how US courts have justified finding a right to privacy based on natural law. He will show that Roman law recognized the right to privacy and British law in large part adopted and expanded the Roman law concepts. There will be a discussion of historical efforts to protect information privacy using cryptology. McCollough will then address the current means to protect information privacy and security through the Fifth Amendment and discuss compelled encryption key disclosure. He will address information privacy as a discrete privacy right under the Fourth Amendment. The talk will conclude with thoughts on the impact of recent Supreme Court appointments on privacy in general and information privacy in particular, at which point there will be time for extended Q&A and post-presentation group discussion.

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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 150 Austin, TX

39 Activists Went

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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