June 25th – CTX World Future Society’s The Evolution of Cooperation

EFF-Austin will be present for the latest meetup of the CTX World Future Society. Their speaker will be Mike Ignatowski and he will be discussing The Evolution of Cooperation. The description of evolution as “survival of the fittest” says more about the social attitudes of 19th century England where it was coined than about the…

May 8th Meetup – Cooperative Ownership and Business Models in the Tech World

Our speaker this month will be Robert Matney. Robert Matney is Co-Owner and COO of Polycot Associates, a web development agency and is a co-founder and Technology Director of Whirligig Productions. Robert is also Technology Director for Hidden Room Theatre and a Board Trustee for Austin Shakespeare, a multi-award-winning stage and voice actor and director,…

April 22nd – EFF-Austin Hosts A Performance Of Robot Masterpiece Theater!

EFF-Austin supporter Tal Leeds is presenting his latest New Media theatrical project this Saturday night at 11:30pm at ColdTowne Theater. A choose-your-own adventure play voted on by the audience featuring an arduino-controlled robot on the stage! We encourage all of our followers with an interest in digital art to check this out. Advance tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/robot-masterpiece-theater-tickets-32139022682?ref=ecal…

April 10th Meetup – Using Texas Legislature Online (TLO) To Hack State Policy

Our speaker this month will be Chris McConnell, who will offer a skillshare on how to use the Texas Legislature Online system to hack state policy. Chris McConnell, Ph.D., is a policy researcher who has been involved with Open Austin since 2009. He has worked for organizations that include the House Research Organization at the…

March 11th – EFF-Austin Presents Cyberpunk 2017: Rushing To Meet Our Real Imagined Future!

The event is free, but register here for your free ticket to ensure your entry to the event and to receive your complimentary drink ticket. Those who come dressed in cyberpunk cosplay will receive an extra complimentary drink ticket. Keep checking this space as information on additional participants becomes available. Donate on Eventbrite to support…

February 23rd – EFF-Austin Hosts an Outing to Co-Lab Projects’ textscape

EFF-Austin is hosting an outing to take in Co-Lab Project’s latest artistic installation, textscape, by Susan Scafati and Sean Ripple, on Thursday, February 23rd, from 7:00pm-9:00pm. We will have the gallery space to ourselves with libations, and the artists will be in attendance to answer questions about their work. “textscape” is a meditation on constructed…

A Roundtable on Fake News and Social Media

EFF-Austin is co-hosting with UT Law a round-table on Fake News and Social Media. Come participate in the hottest topic in technology and the law, brought by JOLTT, hosted by COLTT: Fake News and Social Media. Our guests will include: Ross Ramsey, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of the Texas Tribune. A traditional media perspective on…

February 13th Meetup – The Role of Technology in Space and Spy Missions

Daniel G. Benes is the founder, science show presenter, and antique technology curator of Daniel G. Benes Science Shows. He has designed and taught numerous science-based shows, classes, camps, and curriculum for schools, academies, museums, and libraries around the state of Texas in the realm of science and technology, electronics, chemistry, aerospace, photography, audio production,…

January 19th – Workshop: Digital Security in the Practice of Law

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…

February 2nd – EFF-Austin Hosts the Play “A Perfect Robot”

EFF-Austin is proud to present a performance of the play A Perfect Robot at The Vortex. Imagine if you could shape the perfect companion. Mollybot is the first step: an artificial intelligence designed to anticipate your needs and desires, to give you the best companionship money can buy. However, Diego, Mollybot’s creator, locked her near-human…

January 9th Meetup – The Future Of Governance

Our speaker this month will be Jake Dunagan. Jake Dunagan is an experiential futurist, governance designer, and teacher. He is Director of Design Futures at verynice.co—a design, innovation, and foresight consultancy that gives half of its work away for free to non-profits, and adjunct professor of Strategic Foresight in the Design Strategy MBA and Strategic Foresight MBA…

November 14th Meetup – Austin’s Regional Intelligence Center: An Overview

Our speaker this month will be Darryl Jamail. Darryl Jamail is the Commander of the Intelligence Division of the Austin Police Department. He was commissioned in 1994 and has served in numerous assignments including: Patrol Officer, Vehicular Homicide detective, Patrol and Investigations sergeant, Internal Affairs sergeant, and Director of Cadet Training, Commander of Violent Crimes,…

October 10th Meetup – Technology and Voter Empowerment

Our speaker this month will be Jeff Cardenas. Jeff Cardenas is a technology strategist who is passionate about using technology to democratize power and improve the human experience. Jeff is a McCombs School of Business graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and began his career as a consultant in the Technology practice at…

August 8th Meetup – Digital Literacy: More Than Just Job Skills

How do technologies extend human capacity and how do they restrain it? What is the positive potential of technology’s amplifying power and what is the negative potential? What holistic development should proceed this amplification? These questions are relevant to responsible engagement with information technologies and the policies surrounding them, but are often missing from conversation…

July 11th Meetup – Cyborg Civil Liberties and the Rights of Man

Our speaker this month (Monday, July 11th) will be Rich MacKinnon. Rich is a former president of EFF-Austin and former member of the boards of the ACLU of Texas and the Central Texas Civil Liberties Project. He was present at the founding of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the Los Altos Hills and attended the…

June 13th Meetup – An Introduction to Locksport

Still have your copy of “The MIT Guide to Lock Picking” from the BBS era, perhaps tucked away with the Anarchist’s Cookbook and other favorites? The hobbyist lockpicking scene has exploded in the U.S. in the last decade, and Austin has been a major player in its rise to popularity. Join jgor, nationally-ranked competitive lockpicker…

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…

Monday Meetup: APD Tracks Social Media

Date: Monday, November 16, 2015 Time: 7PM Location: Capital Factory Our speaker this month will be radio personality Jimmy Preston, host of 100 Proof Radio on KTSW 89.9FM and producer at Double Punch Kick Productions. http://ktsw.txstate.edu/programming/specialtyshows.html http://www.doublepunchkick.com/bios.php Jimmy is originally from Northern Virginia, and was a willing participant in the Tech Boom and crash at…

EFF-Austin Celebrates EFF’s 25th Birthday!

EFF-Austin Celebrates The 25th Anniversary Of The Electronic Frontier Foundation At Black Star Co-op Twenty five years ago marks the founding of The Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, one of the nation’s foremost defenders and advocates for digital rights. Shortly thereafter, EFF-Austin was founded as the first and to this day only local chapter…

Jon Lebkowsky introduces Bill Binney at #EFFSalon
March Meetup: #EFFsalon at SXSW

For our March meetup, in collaboration with EFF we hosted a “Salon” event during the SXSW festival. Speakers included NSA Whistleblower William Binney, writer Bruce Sterling, and many other advocates for civil liberties on the electronic frontier. Theme: Freedom and privacy on the Electronic Frontier are facing their toughest challenges since the birth of the…

February Meetup: Beyond the Blockchain

For our February meetup, technology lawyer and writer Chris Brown will examine how the blockchain (Bitcoin’s core technology) is spreading into other areas—from programmable money and smart property to distributed corporations and voting systems—and explore the implications for cyberliberties. Christopher Brown is a technology business lawyer and writer in Austin who speaks and writes frequently…

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January Meetup: Lobbying for Location Privacy in Texas

The Texas Electronic Privacy Coalition has fought to protect Texans’ digital privacy since 2013. Last session they successfully lobbied to protect emails with a search warrant. Now they’re back for more. This session, TxEPC is lobbying to protect your sensitive GPS and cell phone location data under a warrant too. Come learn about StingRays, tower…

December Meetup: Surveillance Self-Defense Workshop

Learn how to protect your privacy and defend your digital communications from government and corporate surveillance. This is a hands-on interactive workshop, so bring your phone and laptop! We’ll start with a short presentation introducing threat modeling, encryption, and the current array of free and open-source tools recommended by EFF (EDIT: EFF updated their original Secure Messaging…

November Meetup: Security and Privacy on the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things continues to grow all around us. What challenges for security, privacy, and digital rights do IoT systems present? (Updated) Michael Hathaway and Diane Bernard will co-present a detailed introduction to IoT, including their current projects in the space and vision of its future. Following this, Veteran security researcher Todd Manning will present on IoT…

September 15 Meetup: A Dialog About Emerging Legal Structures in Virtual Worlds

Time: Monday, September 15, 7pm-9pmLocation: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TX.Speaker: Ed Cavazos, Managing Partner, Bracewell & GiulianiRSVP Online video game environments, and, in particular, MMOs (massively multiplayer online games), simulate real-world interaction so well that interesting questions are arising about the application of law and social contracts in those realms. This…

August Meetup: Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies in Austin

When: Monday, August 18, 2014 7pm-9pmWhere: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TXRSVP: Meetup.com This month’s meetup will focus on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Several speakers will introduce participants to core cryptocurrency concepts while sharing local innovations in the thriving Bitcoin economy. Several speakers will give ten-minute talks on: Core Technical Concepts (the blockchain…

Tom Brown at IIW
July Meetup: 21st Century Virtual Identity

When: Monday, July 21, 2014 7pm-9pmWhere: Capital Factory, 701 Brazos Street, Suite 1601, Austin, TXRSVP: Meetup.com Speaker: Tom Brown, with an update of his June 1, 2011 talk on Internet Identity The commercialization of the web and the spread of mobile devices have increasingly changed how we identify ourselves and interact with each other online.…

EFF-Austin Meetup: A Discussion of EFF Activism from Hackers to Spies

We know that there are many challenges that the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other online activist/advocacy organizations are confronting today. We’re no longer on the Electronic Frontier – the frontier is more than settled, and now we’re getting into increasingly complex issues of infrastructure and connectivity, digital “property,” mass online surveillance, police surveillance, etc. Organizations…

EFF’s Transparency Litigation (FOIA)

A “handy infographic illustrating EFF’s current Freedom of Information Act caseload” via eff.org.