Local Presentation on Net Neutrality

EFF-Austin President, Kevin Welch, will be discussing the importance of Net Neutrality on June, 28th, 2018.

Though a hot topic, it may help to freshen up on the who, what, when, where and why of the subject.

Who/When/Where

The idea of Net Neutrality was developed by American lawyer Tim Wu, in his 2003 paper, Net Neutrality. Since then, the FCC as adopted its principles and used them as guidance for regulating Internet Service Providers.

In 2017, FCC chairman Ajit Pai argued that Title II, another piece of legislation in the evolutionary line of Net Neutrality,  had hampered infrastructure investment. “Among our nation’s 12 largest Internet service providers, domestic broadband capital expenditures decreased by 5.6% percent, or $3.6 billion, between 2014 and 2016, the first two years of the Title II era,” he stated. “This decline is extremely unusual. It is the first time that such investment has declined outside of a recession in the Internet era.”

Pai and his cohorts proceeded to begin repealing Net Neutrality Laws that same year, thus bringing us to the ongoing battle to keep it alive.

Why

Essentially, the goal of Net Neutrality is to ensure that the internet remains a fertile grounds for innovation and growth.

Wu explains that in the habit of ignoring long-term growth ISPs have “shown a tendency” to ban new and emerging applications/network attachments, out of “suspicion or an interest in price discrimination.”

He stresses that ISP operators and prospect holders have a cognitive bias that makes it unlikely for them to come to the ‘right decisions,’ in terms of the development for the optimal path of innovation, that could minimize the excesses of innovative competition.

What

Net Neutrality is an attempt at striking a balance, as Wu states in the original paper: “To forbid broadband operators, absent of a showing of harm, from restricting what users do with their internet connection, while giving the operator general freedom to manage bandwidth consumption and other matters of local concern.”

Plain and simple, this translates to making sure that users and customers are able to continue using their service without ‘discrimination’ against their apps, programs etc, while ISPs are able to still police only their own local network.

Wu explains that ISPs have every right to police their local networks, but most importantly, that there shouldn’t be ‘restrictions’ across the ‘inter-network’.

Because of Net Neutrality regulations, we are able to freely and efficiently use the internet as the public utility that its become. Join us for our presentation, for these ideas help uphold the structure of the internet and its ability to nurture growth and development. Information on the event can be found here.

June 11th Meetup – Green Data Centers: Server Immersion Cooling

Our speaker this month is Jim Koen. Jim Koen is one of the original founders of Midas Green Technologies LLC and brings a rich technical, sales and executive background. Jim is a proven entrepreneur having founded, developed and sold several Internet related companies. Jim’s executive background spans 30 years and includes roles as CEO, Midas Green Technologies; CEO, Accelerated Education Services; COO, GF Educators; COO, Advanced Molecular Imaging Systems; VP Sales, Ashley Laurent; VP Network Sales/General Manager Austin, Darwin Networks; National Director ICG Sales for Netcom, Netcom Online Communications; CEO, Turning Point; VP Sales, Capital Network Systems, Major Markets Network Account Executive, AT&T and Senior Chief Petty Officer, United States Navy, Retired. Jim attended The University of Texas at Austin.

Jim is going to be speaking to us about the technology behind Server Immersion Cooling. Immersion cooling is a practice by which electronic
components are submerged in a non-conductive heat transfer liquid. Immersion cooling is capable of reducing server cooling expenses by up to 90%. With server farms representing an ever-larger slice of global energy expenditure as more people in engage in activities that demand large amounts of processing power, such as streaming HD video, VR-gaming, and cryptocurrency mining, finding ways to reduce the energy demands of servers will become increasingly critical in the battle against climate change. Jim will be discussing both the science and engineering behind Midas Green Technologies’s Midas XCI Immersion Cooling System, and how the mass deployment of such systems can lead to a greener, more energy-efficient future for the web.

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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 $16 to $5. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/

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Green Data Centers: Server Immersion Cooling

Monday, Jun 11, 2018, 7:00 PM

Capital Factory
701 Brazos Street Suite 150 Austin, TX

15 Activists Went

Our speaker this month is Jim Koen. Jim Koen is one of the original founders of Midas Green Technologies LLC and brings a rich technical, sales and executive background. Jim is a proven entrepreneur having founded, developed and sold several Internet related companies. Jim’s executive background spans 30 years and includes roles as CEO, Midas Green…

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EFF-Austin is hosting a Security Workshop at UT Law (Townes Hall 2.138) in conjunction with Open Austin. Our speakers will be Alex Shahrestani and Justin Laden. They will be discussing attorney client privilege in regards to digital communications, best actions to prevent and react to privacy breaches, and cloud storage data security.

Alex Shahrestani studied computer science to prepare for a career in the law and technology, and he’s continued his pursuits since arriving at the University of Texas School of Law. He founded the Journal of Law and Technology at Texas, works with EFF Austin, has helped develop automation technology to improve access to expunctions, won an award for entrepreneurship in legal technology, and has invested in big data law with his summer employments. He currently plans to launch his own technology law practice upon graduation in May of 2018. He can be reached at alexanders@utexas.edu.

Justin Laden completed his master’s degree in Computer Science with a specialization in security from Boston University in 2010. In addition, he holds graduate certificates in Information Security and Digital Forensics. Justin is passionate about helping clients understand the ever-increasing risks to their assets. For the past six years, he has helped small and medium sized organizations—as well as individuals and start-ups—secure their data and detect network intrusions. Justin is currently working toward his JD at the University of Texas Law School, and plans to combine his experience in computer security with the practice of law. He can be reached at justinladen@gmail.com.

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EFF-Austin Security Workshop

Thursday, Jan 19, 2017, 5:30 PM

Townes Hall (TNH) 2.138
727 E Dean Keeton St Austin, TX

23 Activists Went

EFF-Austin is hosting a Security Workshop at UT Law in conjunction with Open Austin. Our speakers will be Alex Shahrestani and Justin Laden. They will be discussing attorney client privilege in regards to digital communications, best actions to prevent and react to privacy breaches, and cloud storage data security.Alex Shahrestani studied computer…

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