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 13th – 2018 Holiday Party at B.D.Riley’s on 6th

It’s that time of year again! Join us for the EFF-Austin Holiday party on Thursday, December 13th, from 7:00pm-9:00pm at B.D.Riley’s Irish Pub on 6th Street. Each guest will receive a drink ticket good for one free beer, house wine, or well drink, and we will have a variety of free appetizers as well.

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 secure communications platforms, the history of privacy law in the United States, the philosophical justifications for the right of privacy, the future of internet freedom, green data centers, the intersection of digital art and the law, and the tyranny of contract. We have also had various members of our board speak to various groups around town, such as Nerd Nite, gShowdown at Galvanize, Actlab, and the Nonprofit Tech Club, 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. More info here: https://effaustin.org

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 annual cyberpunk party at SXSW, a smart tech policy panel with candidates for state and national office Steven Kling and Joseph Kopser, as well as co-hosting events and fostering relationships with The Operator Foundation, The PLAN Foundation, and Indieweb Austin. 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 to attend, but you can register here to give us a headcount and ensure your admittance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eff-austins-annual-holiday-party-tickets-53127307206. In addition, this party is serving as a fundraiser for EFF-Austin, so you can make an optional donation to us when you register for your ticket here. We hope to see you there!

Also, get your EFF-Austin ugly Christmas sweaters here! – https://www.customizedgirl.com/s/effaustin

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EFF-Austin’s Annual Holiday Party!

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018, 7:00 PM

BD Riley’s
206 E 6th St Austin, TX

5 Activists Attending

It’s that time of year again! Join us for the EFF-Austin Holiday party on Thursday, December 13th, from 7:00pm-9:00pm at B.D.Riley’s Irish Pub on 6th Street. Each guest will receive a drink ticket good for one free beer, house wine, or well drink, and we will have a variety of free appetizers as well. EFF-Austin (Electronic Frontier Foundation of A…

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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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