Newsletter #57: Tech Still Won’t Build It

Hello Recompilers,

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.


More and more people are telling job recruiters that they won’t work for unethical companies. Tech workers are figuring out the leverage that they can bring to bear and more and more are publicly refusing contracts in the name of #TechWontBuildIt.
(Caroline O’Donovan for BuzzFeed News)

It’s the “big” in “big tech” that’s the problem. Cory Doctorow discusses what it would take to regulate big tech to break their constitutional monarchy and improve democracy.
(Cory Doctorow for Locus)

Data visualization of Oregon’s air quality over the last 18 years exists. It shows a sharp increase in the past two years, but is otherwise reasonably stable. Personally, I love data visualization just so I have a better sense of what I should and shouldn’t actually worry about.
(Melissa Lewis and David Cansler for Oregon Live)


Recode Decode: The History of Temporary Work
Kara Swisher interviews Louis Hyman about how Silicon Valley has treated workers terribly and treated them as disposable since the 1970s.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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How can Communities Move Forward After Incidents of Sexual Harassment or Assault?

Makenzie Peterson at Black Hat USA 2018 gives an introduction to how to support survivors of sexual assault. You’ll be shocked to know that comments had to be disabled for the video and trolls are trying to downvote the video into oblivion.


API the Docs London 2018 call for proposals is open until September 15.

Sunshine PHP call for proposals is open until September 15.

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.

ConFoo Montreal call for papers is open until September 24.

PyCascades call for proposals is open until October 21.

PyCaribbean 2019’s call for proposals is open until November 1. Spanish language talks are especially welcome!

Upcoming Events:

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

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

API the Docs London 2018
November 9, London, United Kingdom

February 7-9, 2019, Miami, Florida

February 16-17, 2019, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

February 23-24, 2019, Seattle, WA

ConFoo Montreal
March 13-15, 2019, Montreal, Canada

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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret 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 Jan Kaláb [altered by Margaret Killjoy] (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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