Newsletter #40: Reducing harm to humans

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Hello Recompilers,

The Recompiler is proud to be a media sponsor of DevOps Days Portland. Early bird tickets are available now, and there are only few remaining, but we should have a discount code for you soon.
September 11-13, 2018, Portland, OR

CW: one of our recommended readings for this week discusses stalking and abuse.


Corn bacteria + e-waste The bacteria from decomposing corn may be able to leach the metals in e-waste for easier recycling, reports Kathy Jean Schultz for the Daily Beast.

Intimate partner violence and technology. This startling paper on how abusers use technology to exploit and control their partners (with suggestions for making safer UIs) won the ‘Best Paper Award’ at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018). (FreedPalmerMinchala, Et al.)

“Violent Relaxation” A critical examination of the The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston’s exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet: 1989 to Today by Megan Driscoll for VoCA Journal.


Episode 58: A whole lot more EULAsChristie Koehler and Audrey Eschright chat about GDPR, Europe’s new privacy law about to go into effect and Facebook, the PenAir hack, Telegram, and a new tool law enforcement has to crack iPhone passcodes.

Note to Self: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Tech Problem? With the help of producer Kat Aaron, host Manoush Zomorodi examines the Dark Web’s drug trade and interviews Nick Bilton, author of American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road.

Too Embarrassed to Ask: Why is AT&T trying to buy Time Warner? Host Kara Swisher interviews Recode‘s Ed Lee about the potential merger between AT&T and Time Warner, why it freaks out the Justice Department, and what it means for consumers.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

You’re Never too Old to Code – Letta Raven – ACT-W 2016

“Somebody that I trusted, somebody that I love, told me that I was smart; I was the smartest person he knew, but I wasn’t smart enough to code.”


The deadline for the HashiCorp Diversity Scholarship for HashiConf is July 1.

Upcoming Events:

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

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

May 12-13, 2018: NYC

SheTech Spokane 2018
May 18, 2018: Spokane, WA

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

ACT-W Portland
July 20-21, 2018: Portland, OR

August 1-4, 2018: NYC

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

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

DevOps Days Portland 
September 11-13, 2018, Portland, OR

Call For Proposals:

Write/Speak/Code: Closes May 5

ACT-W Portland: Closes May 11

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 cool, 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: Photo by Stefan Keller.

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