Police Can Force You to Use Your Fingerprint to Unlock Your Phone

Locking your iPhone with your fingerprint as opposed to a passcode might not be as secure as you thought it was.


Free, as in Beer! EFF-Austin’s 2015 Holiday Party at The Cedar Door, Thursday, December 17th, 7:00pm-9:00pm

EFF-Austin is throwing a big, old Holiday party on Thursday, December 17th, from 7:00pm-9:00pm in the backroom of The Cedar Door at 201 Brazos Street,  and we’d love for you to join us! We will have a full open bar for our guests to make use of, as well as free appetizers  courtesy of The Cedar Door.

EFF-Austin (Electronic Frontier Foundation of Austin) is a local advocacy, educational,  and community-organizational group that promotes bringing together those interested in learning about the myriad ways in which our ever evolving digital culture affects our communities and our societies. We host monthly meetups featuring speakers on a variety of topics – recent discussions have included social media surveillance, peer-to-peer encrypted social networks, the role of the ACLU in defending digital civil liberties, journalism in the digital age, and digital archiving. In addition to this learning, EFF-Austin hopes to provide a resource whereby those interested in creating change in our digital world can meet like-minded minds and have a community to collaborate with and support them in their endeavors.

In addition to the party serving as a chance to get to know our fellow digital citizens in a more relaxed setting,  the party is a great opportunity to learn about what’s planned for EFF-Austin in the coming year. EFF-Austin has recently welcomed several new board members from diverse backgrounds, and with the increased resources and manpower this provides our volunteers, we are planning to implement a number of initiatives that we hope will allow EFF-Austin to perform its role of empowering the community more effectively. To that end, we highly encourage you, our fellow digital citizens, to let us know what you would like to see from EFF-Austin in the coming months.

No RSVP required, but we only have room for 100 attendees at a time, so if you want to make sure you get in RSVP here to get on the list: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-as-in-beer-eff-austins-2015-holiday-party-tickets-19933328121?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=cp&utm-term=l…

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The Craft of Investigation


How does a journalist get his facts? Investigative journalist Ken Martin of The Austin Bulldog walks through actual investigations behind the stories he’s written. For example, the Austin City Council’s violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act that resulted in an immediate county attorney’s investigation that lasted 20 months and resulted in the entire city council having to sign deferred prosecution agreements to keep from being charged and prosecuted and, if convicted, sentenced to one to six months in jail. Or his detailed analysis of campaign spending in the 2014 elections of mayor and council under 10-1, and the mapping of 40 years of data on where mayors and council members lived when elected, showing substantial geographic disparities. How the “Fourth Estate” ensures transparency, and the challenges that face journalists and citizens who need to know the machinations that drive policy and action.

Join us!
Monday, August 17, 2015
Capital Factory (Austin Centre Executive Suites, 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701 – 16th floor)
Guest Speaker: Ken Martin, Editor, Austin Bulldog