Newsletter #48: Privacy in the Home Sphere

Hello Recompilers,

We’re happy to be a community sponsor for Devopsdays Portland 2018 happening from September 11-13. This year we’ll be hearing from Recompiler contributor Heidi Waterhouse on Disaster Resilience The Waffle House Way: Flat-Tops, Feature Flags, And Finite State Machines — along with many other great talks. You can get 20% off your registration with the code RECOMPILERFRIENDS.


Abusers are using smart home devices to gaslight their victims and some companies just refuse to take it seriously. If there’s ever been a clearer example of why technology needs to be implemented in ways that are socially responsible, I don’t know of it.
(Nicole Lee for Engadget)

The EU has rejected that copyright reform law that was threatening the internet. A clear majority of the parliament rejected the bill, which would have made websites responsible for any user-submitted content that violated copyright law—a measure that would put a lot of small sites out of business and would threaten the meme form itself.
(James Temperton for Wired)

Patreon continues to suspend adult content creators, this time because of pressure from payment processors. In the wake of SESTA/FOSTA, sex workers can’t get a break.
(Samantha Cole for Motherboard)


No You Go, season 2 episode 10
Jenn Lukas, Katel LeDû, and Sara Wachter-Boettcher interview Nicole Sanchez from Vaya Consulting about her work in promoting workplace diversity.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

Have You Seen My Naked Selfies Neither Has My Snoopy Boyfriend: Privacy Within A Relationship

Lauren Rucker at DefCon 25.


!!Con West is looking for volunteers to help organize their first event, which will be in Santa Cruz in early 2019.

Upcoming Events:

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

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

August 1-4, 2018: NYC

The Diana Initiative 2018
August 9-10, Las Vegas, NV

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

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 Spiros Vathis