Newsletter #42: Google or Eye of Sauron?

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Hello Recompilers,

We’ve launched a Kickstarter for the second edition of our guide to Community Event Planning. We’re publishing an expanded and updated version of our guide to running community-focused conferences, with new material on diversity.

AND we’re getting so close to our minimum order for second printing of the Responsible Communication Style Guide! We are taking preorders until May 20.

The 10th and final year of Open Source Bridge will be a one-day event on Friday, June 29th, 2018 at the Eliot Center in Portland, OR. Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $10-$100. And be sure to check out the the Indie Web Summit, happening at the Eliot Center Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26–27.


Google’s classroom takeover. “In a country where public education is cruelly underfunded, there’s no mystery as to why teachers and districts are drawn to Google’s cheap, often free, education technology and curriculum, but there needs to be an honest reckoning of its real price tag.” Middle school teacher Joanna Petrone gets sensibly freaked out about classroom indoctrination and the loss of children’s privacy.

Whispering in Alexa’s ear. “Researchers have been able to secretly activate the artificial intelligence systems on smartphones and smart speakers, making them dial phone numbers or open websites.” Reported by Craig Smith for NYT.

Google is gathering even more of you. Your digital assistant will know all about you and Google think’s that’s a selling point. (Nitasha Tiku for Wired)


Clockwise #240: Just the Downfall of Humanity: Hosts Dan Moren and Mikah Sargent, talk with guests Aleen Simms and Stephen Hackett about Google’s nifty/creepy AI phone calls, the iMac turning 20, Apple’s security feature that disables USB on the iPhone, and the state of developer’s percentage on app sales.

Startup: Arlan Hamilton 3: Picking Winners: Host Amy Standen follows VC Hamilton around as she looks for promising entrepreneurs trying to sell to underrepresented communities they are members of.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

OSB 2015 – Opening Up The Current Open Source Blueprint – Stephanie Morillo

“It’s very easy to say, ‘Well, it’s easy to find online resources to learn how to code there for free. All you have to do is look for them.’ Yeah that’s great, but there’s a lot of hidden assumptions underneath that: Do you live in an area where you have internet broadband access? Do you have access to a desktop computer or a laptop computer?”


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.

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

Indie Web Summit
June 26-27, 2018: Portland, OR

June 28-29, 2018: Oklahoma City, OK

Open Source Bridge
June 29, 2018: Portland, OR

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

August 1-4, 2018: NYC

Write the Docs + Open Help Cincinnati
August 18-22, 2018, Cincinnati, OH

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 the Docs + Open Help Cincinnati: Closes June 18

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 Piotr Wompel.

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