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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.

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A Conversation With David Greene, EFF's Civil Liberties Director

Join EFF-Austin for a conversation/Q&A with David Greene, Electronic Frontier Foundation's Civil Liberties Director and Senior Staff Attorney! We will be meeting Saturday, February 8th, at 7:30pm at Central Machine Works in East Austin. We will stake out a table and have a sign to identity ourselves. Central Machine Works is very large, so if you don't see us, feel free to leave a message in the event so we can try and find you. David oversees EFF's free speech and privacy litigation. David has significant experience litigating First Amendment issues in state and federal trial and appellate courts and was a founding member of the Internet Free Expression Alliance. David is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he teaches classes in First Amendment and media law and an instructor in the journalism department at San Francisco State University. Before joining EFF, David was for twelve years the Executive Director and Lead Staff Counsel for First Amendment Project. He is a 1991 graduate of Duke University School of Law. David will lead a relaxed conversation/Q&A around such topics as EFF's 2020 priorities in free speech litigation, EFF's long term ongoing efforts around mass surveillance litigation, the specifics of how EFF's legal work functions more generally, and EFF's efforts around the large platforms' role in removing and editing content on their sites. Join us!

Intimacy, Empathy, Compassion & Tech - Addressing The Divided Political Front

Our speaker this month is Michelle Proksell. Michelle is an artist, researcher, sociologist, curator & world traveler exploring relationships between society and technology across the globe. Better known for her research on creative practices found on the Chinese internet, she also explores emotional components of user experience and immersive technologies like VR and AR. Drawing from her international research on how people build relationships with and through technologies, Proksell will introduce her findings on intimacy, empathy, and compassion found in tech, internet practices, and art-tech projects. She will use this short lecture as a foundation of examples to then engage the audience in an interactive workshop to collectively unravel the many motivations, biases, misconceptions, and belief systems that contribute to our divide as a nation. Through participatory practice, together we will ask and explore the question: How do we employ technologies to help us navigate the upcoming election year to engage with our political counterparts in meaningful ways to encourage empathy and compassion rather than furthering the national divide? ------------------------------------------------------------ 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/ EFF-Austin is sustained via the contributions of supporters like you. Donate via the Paypal link on our website on the right sidebar of the main page: https://effaustin.org

EFF-Austin Monthly Meetup

Capital Factory

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EFF-Austin Monthly Meetup

Capital Factory

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