Newsletter #60: Black tech conferences

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Black tech conferences are part of changing the overall shape of the tech industry. In 2014, around 8% of tech jobs in the United States were held by black employees. Conferences like the fifteen featured in this article are looking to fix that.
(Sherrell Dorsey for Motherboard)

Kavanaugh dodged a lot of questions in his recent senate hearings. In fact, here’s a chart. I love data visualizations like this: simple, beautiful, interactive, and exposing misogyny at the highest levels of power in the world.
(Alvin Chang for Vox)

Facebook’s algorithms marked stories about the Facebook hack as spam. There’s not really any reason to believe this was malicious on Facebook’s part, but goes to show the ways in with algorithms do and don’t scale.
(Cory Doctorow for Boing Boing)


The Recompiler 71: That sounds both interesting and ridiculous
Audrey and Christie chat about about Las Vegas Hotel security issues during DefCon, Foreshadow speculative execution vulnerability, and issues with the music industry business model and copyright.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

I Am Not a Crack Baby: Reproductive Justice and the Politics of Resistance

Imani Gandy at the opening keynote of Affect Conf 2018 discusses how she learned to overcome her own negative assumptions about black motherhood. A transcript is available.


RubyConf Australia 2019 call for papers is open until October 15.

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.

PyGotham 2018
October 5-6, NY, NY
(with a talk from Recompiler contributor Sumana Harihareswara!)

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

RubyConf Australia 2019
February 7-9, 2019, Melbourne, Australia

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

February 23-24, 2019, Seattle, WA

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

Do you know an upcoming conference or CFP that should be included? Email leads to

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 The Preiser Project (CC BY 2.0)