Newsletter #35: Keep digging, Facebook.

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Hello Recompilers,

It’s important to us that everyone be able to access The Recompiler‘s content. We would like for people who cannot hear to be able to enjoy our podcast. We’re seeking sponsorship for the transcriptions at $60 per episode. Want some good accessibility karma? Let us know.


Progressive peer pressureSarah Jeong looks at a fundraising campaign funneling money from tech-rich areas to progressive candidates running in less-affluent, often rural Republican-leaning districts. (The Verge)

Blame the pedestrian. Like with regular drivers, police are reluctant to blame the vehicle operator in the death of a Tempe woman hit by a self-driving Uber car. Reported by Swapna Krishna for Engaget.

Guccifer who? The person who took credit for hacking the DNC is actually a Russian Intelligence Officer. “Guccifer provided Moscow with a counter-narrative for the election interference,” Spencer Ackerman and Kevin Poulsen explain. Lean how Guccifer goofed up.


Rocket Podcast #167: Pointing FingersBrianna WuChristina Warren, and Simone de Rochefort discuss the fallout for Facebook in the wake of Cambridge Analytica, Uber’s self-driving car fatality, and two awesome ladies: Lara Croft and Jessica Jones.

Why’d You Push That Button?: Do you take selfies in public?: Hosts Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman speak to Alicia Eler, author of book The Selfie Generation, about how we belittle women who dare to show themselves on their own terms. Then they talk to Racked executive editor Julia Rubin, who does not take many pictures at all, but certainly doesn’t take them of herself, nor does she allow others to take pictures of her. Finally they speak to Dr. Sarah Diefenbach, a professor of market and consumer psychology at the University of Munich.

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! 

Darius Kazemi, Tiny Subversions – XOXO Festival (2014)

“I believe that beyond a certain threshold of work that you put into your projects, success is entirely out of your hands. Conceiving of a creative project and building it, that’s buying a lottery ticket.”


Applications are open for the Ford-Mozilla fellowships focused on open web activism. Deadline is April 20.

The deadline for the HashiCorp Diversity Scholarship for HashiDays and HashiConf is April 1 and July 1 respectively.

Upcoming Events:

All conferences have been screened and abide by clear and strict Codes of Conduct.

ACT-W National Conference
April 10-13, 2018: Phoenix, AZ

Creative Commons Global Summit
April 13-15: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

April 17-19, 2018: Pittsburgh, PA

April 24-26, 2018: San Francisco, CA

Women Who Test
April 29-May 4, 2018: Orlando, FL

May 12-13, 2018: NYC

May 21-22, 2018:  Seattle, WA

DevOpsDays Toronto 2018
May 30-31, 2018: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Allied Media Conference
June 14-17, 2018, Detroit, MI

June 21-22, 2018: Atlanta, GA

GopherCon 2018
August 27-30, 2018: Denver, CO

Affect Conf
September 6-7, 2018: Portland, OR

Call For Proposals:

Affect Conf: Closes March 31

Mid-Atlantic Developers Conference: Closes March 31

Pacific NW Software Quality Conference: Closes April 1

PyOhio: Closes May 15

Do you know an upcoming conference or CFP that should be included? Email leads to us.

Lauren Hudgins (@lehudgins) is a freelance digital strategist living and working in cold, rainy Portland, Oregon. Her essay on Comic Sans and the right of people use whatever font makes reading accessible to them was one of the top 20 most read essays on The Establishment for 2017.

Image credit: lucaspapa

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