Newsletter #45: Oh, Silicon Valley…

Hello Recompilers,

The final Open Source Bridge is fast approaching, 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.


Amazon Beat Progressive Seattle. Seattle’s City Council passed a tax on the largest 3% of businesses in the city to help fight the homelessness caused by the gentrification caused by those businesses. But big business fought back—most notably, Amazon threatened to look elsewhere—and this week they won: city council voted to repeal the tax.
(Steven Hsieh for The Stranger)

The police may already have a workaround to the new iPhone security feature. Activists were excited this week when Apple announced an iOS update that would prevent most brute force passcode attacks used by the police, but it’s possible our celebration was premature. The maker of one such phone-unlocking device says their device is futureproof, though details of how are sparse.
(Joseph Cox and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai for Motherboard)

Google’s Diversity Stats Are Still Very Dismal. “The company that championed the idea of moonshots—ambitious ideas that can “make the world a radically better place”—is still struggling to make incremental change when it comes to diversifying its ranks of black, Latinx, and female employees.”
(Alyssa Foote for Wired)


Recode’s Kara Swisher talks with journalist Cory Pein about his book “Live Work Work Work Die” and the terrible heart of our silicon valley-led future.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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M. Marschalek – #HITB2018AMS KEYNOTE 1: The Future, The Past, and … Wait, Where the Hell are We Now?

Malware researcher M. Marschalek discusses the state of threat modeling and cyber war. Marschalek is also known for teaching free, women-only reverse engineering classes.


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.

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

Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy) is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

Image credit: Photo by petter palander