The Aquarian Imaginarium: Annual EFF-Austin Holiday (Virtual) Party

Date:  December 9th 2020, 7 – 10pmLocation: Virtual (Zoom) Cost: Suggested donation of $20 gets you Zoom link to join Join EFF-Austin on Wednesday, December 9th, for our annual (virtual) holiday gathering and fundraiser* as we explore possibilities and our collective potential in the coming year and beyond. Treat yourself to a chance to be…

The 20th Annual EFF-Austin Gathering During SXSW Interactive

Featuring: Bruce Sterling (Chairman Bruce, the godfather of cyberpunk), author Christopher Brown with his talk “True dystopia: martial law and emergency powers in fact and fiction (including times of quarantine),” The Santa Fe Institute’s Michael Garfield with his talk, Complex Systems Science & The Social Hazards of the Nonlinear Frontier, and the 1st Annual Anti…

2020 Presidential Candidates

Continually affecting issues such as surveillance and cyber-security, technology has a powerful impact on our society. With the approach of the 2020 Presidential election, it’s imperative for the citizenry to be made aware of the various technological stances and affiliations concerning our candidates. The graphs and tables below are intended to provide the citizenry with…

February 12th Meetup: Doxxing 101 – Techniques To Protect Your Online Personal Information

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 speakers this month are Faye Archip and A.J. Butt. Faye Archip has a BFA in Theatre Arts, from UTA.…

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…

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…

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…

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 open7:20– Speed-dating starts7:30– Seating area/main room open8:00– Show starts SPEED DATING IS OPEN! https://austin.nerdnite.com/speed-dating/ As always, Nerd Nite is free. If you want to,…

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…

Habeas Data Book Signing With Cyrus Farivar!

NOTE THE TIME CHANGE. OUR MEETUP IS ON TUESDAY EVENING IN OCTOBER, NOT MONDAY. Our speaker this month is Cyrus Farivar. Cyrus Farivar is the Senior Business Editor at Ars Technica and the author of The Internet of Elsewhere. He is also a radio producer and has reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public…

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…

August 13th Meetup – The Future of Internet Freedom: Why It Will Fail, and How We Will Save It

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 hardware and software technologies to facilitate access to credible and relevant information and…

July 9th Meetup – Fluidabilities: A Presentation And Discussion On Internet, Digital Art And The Law

Our speaker this month will be Hiba Ali. Hiba Ali is a new media artist, writer and musician from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Her digital and sculptural installations and performances focus on the history of objects that are produced from global circuits and their embedded codes, encompassing both the technological and sociological. She conducts workshops around…

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…

May 14th Meetup – The Tyranny Of Contract

Our speaker this month will be Christopher Brown. Christopher Brown is an Austin-based science fiction writer and technology lawyer. He is the World Fantasy Award-nominated author of Tropic of Kansas, a novel published by Harper Voyager in 2017 that Cory Doctorow called “spookily prescient…timely, dark and ultimately hopeful,” NPR described as “a modern dystopian buffet…the…

April 9th Meetup – Analytic Framing – When Machines Write The News

Our speaker this month will be Glenn W. Smith. Glenn W. Smith, a longtime journalist, consultant, and think-tank thinker, is currently holding seminars with journalists around the country on the power of framing in politics, especially framing in communications regarding the environment. The author of The Politics of Deceit, Smith now writes for the Austin…

EFF-Austin Presents The Cypherpunks Strike Back – Tomorrow’s Tech Activism Today

The Cypherpunks Strike Back – Tomorrow’s Tech Activism Today – Sunday, March 11th, 7:00pm-11:00pm, The High Road on Dawson The annual EFF-Austin Cyberpunk Party is upon us! Check back at this space for additional details as they are confirmed. In the ongoing crises of our present moment, it is easy to succumb to apathy. Our…

February 6th – Unwarranted Surveillance – A JOLTT panel featuring EFF’s Shahid Buttar

The Journal Of Law And Technology At Texas (JOLTT – http://jolttx.com) is proud to present the panel Unwarranted Surveillance, featuring Shahid Buttar of EFF and Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladeck of The UT School of Law. Shahid will be visiting Austin as a guest of EFF-Austin, a long-time local affinity group of EFF and a…

February 12th Meetup – Deep Dive Austin – Interactive VR/AR Storytelling

Our speakers this month will be members of the Deep Dive Austin team. The Interactive Deep Dive, Ractive, and Live In Theater come together to discuss the potential of combining virtual reality and live interactive performance for the purposes of simulation training and digital storytelling. The development teams will present upcoming projects, preview current builds…

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…

December 9th – 2017 Holiday Party at Capital Factory

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…

December 11th Meetup – Technology And Ballot Access – The Texas Voter Choice Act

Our speaker this month will be Carly Rose Jackson, State Director of Texans for Voter Choice. TVC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure Texas voters have meaningful choices on the ballot. Carly came to Austin in 2010 to work in Texas politics. She has worked as a legislative aide in the state legislature,…

November 5th – EFF-Austin Hosts The Plurality of Privacy in 5 Minute Plays (P3M5)

EFF-Austin board member Heather Barfield is curating a series of short, privacy-themed plays that will run November 2nd-5th at The Vortex. A collaboration with the Goethe-Institute Washington, multiple local directors will stage a variety of short plays from international playwrights that explore the value, nature, and evolution of privacy. VORTEX Connects continues these conversations each…

November 13th Meetup – Dynamic Agreements

Our speaker this month will be Randy L. Langford. Randy L. Langford makes music, practices law, teaches at the University level, and explores the unknown from his home base of Austin, Texas. He holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from St. Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Art degree in English Writing and Rhetoric from…

October 9th Meetup – Of Boolean Logic, BBSes, Berkeley, and Burning Man

Of Boolean Logic, BBSes, Berkeley, and Burning Man: Early ‘90s startup culture in the East Bay Our speaker this month will be Maggie Duval. Maggie is a technology, web, marketing, strategy and development consultant, educator and event producer whose work supports holistic, personalized approaches to learning. She is an expert in creating, curating, and producing…

September 11th Meetup – Physical vs Electronic Identity

Our speaker this month will be Wendy Nather. Wendy Nather is Principal Security Strategist at Duo Security. She was previously the Research Director at the Retail ISAC, as well as Research Director of the Information Security Practice at independent analyst firm 451 Research. Wendy led IT security for the EMEA region of the investment banking…

Tom Brown
August 14th Meetup – Building the Indieweb

Our speaker this month is Tom Brown. Tom Brown is an open source software developer interested in digital identity, and he often attends Internet Identity Workshop and more recently IndiewebCamps. Tom has added open standards related to identity to several popular software projects. He can be found online as herestomwiththeweather. Tom will be speaking to…

July 10th Meetup – The Pre/Post-History of VR, Surveillance, and Swarm Intelligence

EFF-Austin is proud to present for our next monthly meetup a live taping of Future Fossils, Michael Garfield’s wonderfully heady podcast that explores futurist topics at the intersection of science, art, and philosophy! Michael will be leading a panel of four subject area experts in a stream-of-consciousness discussion revolving around the pre-history and post-history of…

June 12th Meetup – Is Privacy Dead? Generation Z & the Taming of the Digital Wild West

Starting with this meetup we are going to begin a tradition of going out for drinks after the conclusion of our speaker’s talk. We will be at Firehouse Hostel and Lounge (605 Brazos Street) from 9PM-10PM. Come join us! ——— Our speaker this month will be Anne Boysen. Anne will be speaking about shifting generational…

May 23rd – Jake Dunagan: The Future as a Cognitive Prosthetic

EFF-Austin friend Jake Dunagan is having a talk at Thirteen23 next Tuesday evening. He will discussing how before new futures can be made thinkable, they must first be made feel-able. We hope to see you there. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jake-dunagan-the-future-as-a-cognitive-prosthetic-tickets-33225292745 https://www.facebook.com/events/140264516512676 https://www.meetup.com/EFF-Austin/events/240068967/