Nerd Nite 108: Adventures on the Electronic Frontier

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, 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.
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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!
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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.

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“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.

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“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…

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Smart Technology Policy – Leveraging Industry Experience To Create Better Laws

The rate of technological innovation accelerates at an exponential pace every year, and yet it seems the laws we pass to regulate these new technologies struggle to keep up, leaving our rights and the smooth functioning of our society at risk. From the abolition of net neutrality and demands for encryption backdoors in our secure communications to such outlandish and ill-advised proposals as link taxes and impossible-to-implement copyright filters, we see our politicians proposing policies that leave experts in their respective fields shaking their heads in dismay. The lack of elected officials with professional backgrounds and experience in the technology sector leaves our legislators woefully unprepared to fully understand the implications of the laws they are passing, forcing them to defer to well-funded industry groups who may not always have the public’s best interest in mind. To ensure that our laws around emerging technologies are written with the expertise necessary to enshrine and preserve our rights, it is vital that industry leaders in these fields answer the call to civic service.

Join EFF-Austin for a tech policy panel discussion on October 12th from 3:30pm-4:30pm at B.D.Riley’s on 6th with the Steven Kling for Texas Senate and Joseph Kopser for Congress campaigns, where we will discuss over beers how their backgrounds in the technology sector give them the knowledge and expertise to craft the laws that the 21st century will require.

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Smart Tech Policy Panel With Joseph Kopser and Steve Kling

Friday, Oct 12, 2018, 3:00 PM

BD Riley’s
206 E 6th St Austin, TX

7 Activists Attending

The rate of technological innovation accelerates at an exponential pace every year, and yet it seems the laws we pass to regulate these new technologies struggle to keep up, leaving our rights and the smooth functioning of our society at risk. From the abolition of net neutrality and demands for encryption backdoors in our secure communications to …

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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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