City approves Austin Fire Department drone study

Austin Fire Department eyes the skies… On August 7th, the Austin City Council approved a four-year study on the use of robotics by the Austin Fire Department. The draft Interlocal Agreement between the City and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) was unanimously approved along with other items on the consent docket at the…

EFF-Austin and the Texas Electronic Privacy Coalition (TxEPC)

[caption id="attachment_837" align="alignright" width="300"][/caption] In early January of this year, as the Texas state legislature inaugurated its 83rd biennial session, EFF-Austin connected with a group of citizen activists concerned about the hidden exchange of information between telecommunications companies and law enforcement agencies. Together with the ACLU of Texas, Texans for Accountable Government, and the widely…

Police to Use Iris Scans from iPhone App; FED Form Nat’l ID Center at UT

Guest post by Mark Boyden Found this recently (from July 2011, read article for full text, images, videos, documents, and deeper links): Police To Begin Using Iris Scans From Controversial Iphone App, FED Forms “Center For Identity” At U-Texas Austin Campus ~ Alternative News Report – July 21, 2011 Representatives from private industry and the US…