Newsletter #55: What’s a Freelancer to Do

Hello Recompilers,

Our call for contributors for Issue 12: Machines and Things is open through September 4. We’re interested in hearing about your experiences with security and the Internet of Things, surveillance and smart devices, humanlike AI, and more. Contributors are paid.

The Recompiler is 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. We also have one ticket to give away to a reader. Enter by August 20.


What should a freelancer facing discrimination do? We have fewer protections under the law and we have a harder time organizing for collective bargaining. But we’re still discriminated against for various reasons in the workplace. Here are some thoughts of how to deal with that.
(Michelle Nickolaisen for Quartz)

The gig economy killed my friend Pablo. I didn’t write this article, but it’s personal to me; my friend Pablo Avendano died when he was struck by an SUV while biking food delivery. This is an analysis of the gig economy’s role in his death.
(George Ciccariello-Maher for The Nation.)

Open source data tools help keep patients’ data safe. How GNU Privacy Guard is integral to one company’s compliance with privacy regulations.
(Rachel Kelly for


Pursuit Podcast: Hacking 101
Ian Coldwater discusses ethical hacking.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

Iron Sights for Your Data

Leah Figueroa at DefCon 2017 discusses how security blue teams can collect and utilize data to protect against attacks.


The next deadline for the Core Infrastructure Fund is September 1. They support building block technologies, infrastructures, and communities relied upon by digital security and circumvention tools strengthening internet freedom, digital security, and the overall health of the internet.

Python of Our Own is looking for fan fiction, fan art, and other fan content for a zine that will be released at PyCon 2019. Pitch deadline is September 1. Hit up @thursdayb if you have questions!

There’s no call for proposals for REST Fest East 2018, because everyone who comes gets to speak. The unconference is September 26 + 27-29th in Greenville, SC.

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

PyCascades call for proposals is open until October 21.

Upcoming Events:

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

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

REST Fest East 2018
September 26 + 27-29th, Greenville, SC

State of the Map US
October 5-7, Detroit, MI

February 23-24, 2019, Seattle, WA

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 Peter Dutton (CC BY 2.0)
This week’s newsletter is sponsored by Julie Pagano. Thank you for your support!