January 8th Meetup – Biopolitics & Biohacking – Medicine, Technoscience, & Health in the 21st Century

Our speaker this month will be Ryan Frisinger. Ryan is an interdisciplinary specialist operating at the intersections of medicine and culture. His major research project is the interaction between genetics, biotechnology, medicine, culture and the humanities. With an emphasis on biohacking, Ryan designs custom health programs that address genetic weaknesses, nutritional deficiencies, emotional traumas, and infectious/environmental pathologies. By transforming advanced multidisciplinary research into potent health-restoring programs, he provides individuals with an operating manual for their unique body. Ryan’s broader work encourages a better understanding and articulation of scientific knowledge and informed critique of the ethical and cultural issues surrounding medical interventions and the practice of medicine.

Ryan’s talk will examine the intersection of various practices of medicine and technoscience with human bodies and lives through an interdisciplinary perspective, focusing in particular on the ways in which the practices of medical, technological, and scientific institutions function in the modern world. Biopolitics is a complicated concept that has been used and developed in critical theory since Michel Foucault to examine the strategies and mechanisms through which human life processes are managed under regimes of authority over knowledge, power, and the processes of subjectivation. In his talk, Ryan will attempt to pull out the foundational underpinnings upon which Foucault rests to begin to develop a theory of biopolitics & biohacking. Paying attention to the historicizing treatment Foucault gives to a notion of power in relation to the rise of biopolitics, he will ultimately reflect upon present-day phenomena like CRISPR gene editing and big data in medical science which signal the movement and transformation of biopolitics into new forms and trajectories.

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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December 9th – 2017 Holiday Party at Capital Factory

Cyber Santa by Jim Leftwich, from 1993’s edition of Beyond Cyberpunk!

It’s that time of year again! Join us for the EFF-Austin Holiday party on Saturday, December 9th, from 5:00pm-9:00pm in the ground-floor classrooms of Capital Factory at The Omni Hotel at 701 Brazos Street. We will have free beers for our guests (suggested 2 drinks per person), as well as free pizza.

This year we are partnering with IndieWebCamp Austin 2017 for the presentation of our party. IndieWebCamp Austin 2017 will be at Capital Factory from 9:00am-5:00pm on Saturday, December 9th, and Sunday, December 10th. We encourage you to attend both days and then join us for the EFF-Austin Holiday party from 5:00pm-9:00pm after the conclusion of the first day of the camp. The IndieWeb project is part of a growing movement that says you should own your own web data, not 3rd-party content silos. It aims to create a decentralized social web where you publish your own content on your own server and syndicate it out to those entities you care about, removing the need for middlemen like Facebook. With cherished web principles like Net Neutrality under attack, projects like the IndieWeb are more vital than ever. EFF-Austin is proud to partner with IndieWebCamp Austin, and hopes that some of you will be inspired to get involved and join the movement. More info here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indiewebcamp-austin-2017-tickets-39918084064

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 dynamic agreements, the history of tech startups and their relationship to the counterculture, the difference between physical and electronic identity, and the IndieWeb project. We have also had various members of our board speak to various groups around town about a variety of topics related to digital civil liberties. 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. We have accomplished a lot over the last year with several major events like our Cyberpunk 2017 party at SXSW, our support of the P3M5 Privacy Plays at The Vortex theater, as well as legislative advocacy during the 2017 Texas Legislative Session. We continue to extend the reach of our activities and look to assistance and volunteers from the community to further broaden our ability to effectively carry out our mission.

No RSVP required, but we encourage you to get there early to insure we aren’t at capacity and to make sure you get some food and refreshments.

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/

Sponsored by

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (https://www.pillsburylaw.com/en/)



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