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EFF-Austin advocates establishment and protection of digital rights and defense of the wealth of digital information, innovation, and technology. We promote the right of all citizens to communicate and share information without unreasonable constraint. We also advocate the fundamental right to explore, tinker, create, and innovate along the frontier of emerging technologies.

Upcoming events (4+)

An Evening of Curiosity & Wonder - FutureFossils + EFF-Austin Podcast Taping


Michael Garfield returns to ATX for the first time since 2018 for a special double-header of live electroacoustic bardistry and inspiring discussion on the future of technology and society!

Join us at West China Tea House on Saturday May 28th — an all ages show, suggested $20 sliding scale donation. Proceeds support independent art and scholarship, but come one come all — nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Book-ended by live music performances, join us for an EFF-Austin live podcast taping with Future Fossils. We're going to be using the recent potential Twitter buyout as a jumping off point to discuss free speech, curation, moderation, and censorship on the internet and social media, as well as exploring bigger questions around the relationships between design, economics, and society.

About Michael:

"It takes creativity to make the next step in a newer, more shocking direction, but it takes a visionary to go beyond the breaking point and meet music on the other end of the spectrum. That’s what Michael Garfield does."
- The Untz

"Inspired, revelatory, heart wrenching, mind expanding noise, as if conducted from the noosphere in a collaboration by Leary, Terence McKenna and Teilhard de Chardin."
– Tom Huckabee

About Future Fossils Podcast:

Art and philosophy for an age of accelerating weirdness! Join paleontologist-futurist Michael Garfield and an avalanche of amazing guests for deep but irreverent discussions at the edge of the known and knowable: on science and the philosophy of it, prehistory and post-humanity and deep time, non-human agency and non-duality, science fiction and self-fulfilling prophecies, complex systems and sustainability (or lack thereof), psychedelics as a form of training for proliferating futures, art and creativity as service and as inquiry.

About panelists Kevin Welch & David Hensley of EFF-Austin:


Let's Encrypt! How the ACME protocol works and provides free HTTPS to the world

EFF-Austin is sustained via the contributions of supporters like you. Donate via the Paypal link on our website at the top of the main page: https://effaustin.org

Our speaker this month is Daniel Roesler. Daniel is the maintainer of acme-tiny, a widely used ACME certificate issuance library, and gethttpsforfree.com, a zero-knowledge website that allows webmasters manually obtain free TLS certificates without having to install any programs on their servers. He also maintains other open source privacy and cryptography related projects, volunteers for the League of Women Voters, and is the founder and CTO of UtilityAPI, a clean energy software company.

As of April 2022, the nonprofit Certificate Authority "Let's Encrypt" issues TLS certificates for 280 million websites (2-3 million certs per day, ~25% of all websites).

All for free. As a non-profit.

How did they pull this off? What has the impact been? How does this even work? In this presentation, you will learn about the impact of the mass adoption of encrypting websites and how the ACME protocol works for issuing free certificates.

Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 1st floor of the Omni Hotel. We are in the Devvie meeting room. To locate Devvie, locate Capital Factory's main event room off the Omni lobby, Voltron, Suite 150. Once inside, there should be someone at the desk to direct you to our meetup, but, if no one is there, proceed to the left past the kitchen and down the hallway, Devvie is right around the corner. You may also message us on this event or message us at @EFFaustin on Twitter if you are having trouble finding us.

Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive and will later be archived at https://www.youtube.com/user/effaustin. Questions for the speaker from virtual attendees may be submitted via the livestream chat or our twitter account, @EFFaustin.

Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk inside room Voltron, Suite 150, reducing the cost from $18 to $7. Attendees must park after 5pm and leave before 10pm to receive the discount, otherwise they will be charged full price, which is $3 for every 20 minutes. Affordable street park is also available nearby. Details: https://capitalfactory.com/parking/

Join us for the discussion from 7:00PM-9:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 9:00PM-10:00PM in the Omni Hotel lobby.

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