Google Partners with AFF-Austin on “No Freedom without Privacy”

AFF-Austin and Google partnered to present a timely discussion dubbed No Freedom Without Privacy: The ECPA Needs an Upgrade on February 4, 2014. The topic for the evening was the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. Interest in this event was quite high, filling all eighty reserved seats at Fonda San Miguel, which proved itself a wonderful location for technology and privacy enthusiasts to congregate and discuss the important issues of the day. The AFF-Austin event was opened by remarks from the Lieutenant Governor’s Office regarding the importance of the issue. Attendees included individuals in technology, attorneys, and public policy

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On Assembling Bikes and Applying for Jobs

Raise your hand if you like following directions. That’s what I thought. A lot of us liberty-loving folks shy away from someone else telling us what to do. Related story-time: I was recently assembling two beach cruiser bikes with my husband. I ripped open one of the boxes and stared at the cornucopia of pieces and parts. The only shapes that were immediately identifiable were the tires and the always-practical front basket. (That’s right – we have baskets on our bikes and we’re not ashamed. Mind you these are Huffy beach cruisers, not Cannondale road bikes. We won’t be wearing spandex

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A Basic Guide to Networking

What Is Networking, And Why Do It? Networking is the practice of making, utilizing, and sharing personal connections in order to increase and improve professional opportunities. We’ve all heard the phrase “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” No matter how qualified you are for a position on paper, it is likely that you will be up against at least a couple of equally qualified candidates. Having a personal connection with someone at the organization can help give you an edge that can mean the difference between a job offer and a rejection. Networking is also a great

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Chapter Highlight: New York City and the De Blasio Administration

On March 13, 2014, the New York Chapter of America’s Future Foundation hosted a roundtable to discuss the recently elected New York City mayor, Bill De Blasio and his proposed areas of policy focus. Guest panelists included Nicole Gelinas, a Searle Freedom Trust Fellow at the Manhattan Institute who writes about New York City politics for City Journal; Robert A. George, a senior contributing editorial writer for the New York Post; and Karol Markowicz, an opinion writer for the New York Post and small business owner in New York City. The discussion, which was moderated by AFF New York’s Jared Stone, included topics such as universal

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AFF Austin and Reason Magazine Premiere America’s Longest War

On January 16th, AFF-Austin partnered with Reason Magazine for the Austin premiere of America’s Longest War: A Film about Drug Prohibition, a film produced by Reason.  Held at the Alamo Drafthouse, the screening was followed by a lively Q&A discussion with Jacob Sullum, senior editor at Reason, and Max Borders, editor of The Freeman (FEE.org). From America’s Longest War: People around the world are increasingly realizing that drug prohibition has failed to achieve its goals.  Drug use rates have not declined and drugs are more available—and cheaper—than ever before.  At the same time, the drug war has resulted in a long list of unintended

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AFF Dallas Learns about Economics

On Tuesday, April 1st, the Dallas Chapter of America’s Future Foundation welcomed Denise Froning from the Charles Koch Institute to lead a seminar on economics. During the seminar, a group of 15 college students and young professionals played interactive games that taught them about various economic concepts such as opportunity costs and subjective value, and also heard about the benefits of free trade. The activities sparked vibrant discussion among attendees and they left with a better understanding of free-market economics. AFF-Dallas would like to thank the Charles Koch Institute for sponsoring this program. *** Interested in learning about AFF opportunities

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AFF Columbus Discusses the NSA

20 young professionals helped AFF Columbus welcome Ohio State University Professor John Mueller to discuss the NSA’s meta-data program. Professor Mueller is the author of multiple award winning books and has been featured on shows such as the Daily Show with John Stewart, O’Reily Factor, and Hannity & Colmes. Professor Mueller discussed the ways in which the NSA is abusing its power. He used Pizza Hut as an example to describe how the NSA targets normal US citizens. He claimed that if one person suspected of terrorist activity called a Pizza Hut, then the NSA would monitor everyone that called

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Does Your Marketing Pass the “So What” Test?

Even if you are not the marketing director or a professional PR person, marketing skills are helpful for your career.  At some point, you need to market yourself to potential employers through your resume and cover letter.  Most jobs have some aspect that includes pitching ideas to superiors, writing copy for advertising, or some other kind of advertising. Our natural inclination is to write headlines and copy that appeals to us and what we want.  This might include an organization writing “come to our conference” or “read our website.”  Additionally, personal marketing sometimes includes personal pronouns like “read my blog”

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From Cupcakes to Chemicals: AFF Chicago Discusses Alarmism

The Chicago chapter of America’s Future Foundation convened at Sullivan’s Steakhouse in River North to discuss America’s exploding culture of alarmism — stemming from media, food and environmental nannies, and government regulators — with the Director of the Independent Women’s Forum’s Culture of Alarmism Project, Julie Gunlock. Those in attendance listened to Julie’s story of how she went from a non-concerned supporter of limited government to a concerned parent reading “too many Mommy blogs,” and how her own research showed all the panic and hysteria stemming from these alarmist news stories ranged from overblown to completely false. AFF-Chicago members received

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How to Make a Lasting Impression: Round 2

This is the second installment in this series. Read the first installment here: Tips to Make a Lasting Impression  It’s your first job out of college. You might be answering phones, compiling reports, or doing spreadsheets. Or, if you’re lucky, maybe you get to travel for work. If the early years of your career seem mundane, don’t forget – this is probably one of the most important points of your career. Making a lasting impression, whether you’re a young staffer on the Hill or an intern at a think tank, will set the tone for your resume for years to

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Networking via Social Media: 5 Great Tactics to Land Your Dream Job

In the twenty-first century, career advancement has an exciting new element: social media. Savvy young professionals are making the most of it to advance their careers– Are you? Here are 5 recommendations to help you capitalize on your ever-growing online network and land your dream job:  1. Create a Linkedin profile that represents your accomplishments accurately and completely. Populate Linkedin’s diverse fields with compelling and succinct summaries of the roles you’ve recently fulfilled (in reverse chronological order). Use descriptive language in order to convey both responsibilities carried out and accomplishments. Perhaps most importantly, proofread your profile and any links or

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Tips to Leave a Lasting Impression

Early in your career you have a lot going for you. You’re full of ideas and energy, you’re dedicated and you want to make an impact immediately. Unfortunately, early in your career, you’ve got a lot going against you. Despite what you may think, you aren’t an expert in your area yet and you haven’t had the time to establish relationships with important people in the office that will help advance your career.  To help you establish those relationships, become an expert in your field, and leave a lasting impression, I developed the following list of things I’ve done, and

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