Newsletter #61: How We Organize Information Has Always Been Political

Hello Recompilers,

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The history of card catalogues is way more interesting than I would have guessed. Tying in everything from biological taxonomy to Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, this brief history explores about how a Swedish scientist changed how we keep track of the world.
(Daniela Blei for The Atlantic)

There’s a tech nonprofit in Atlanta that helps people experiencing homelessness gain access to ID. Mini City, founded by three black women, distributes wearables to ease the path back to housing.
(Mary Mazzoni for The Plug / Motherboard)

Pickup artist and all around terrible person Roosh has been forced to shut down his site. PayPal and Amazon have both determined that his content and its glorification of sexual violence violate their terms of service, leaving Roosh unable to afford to run his site Return of Kings. (Content warning for misogynist quotes in this article.)
(Sebastian Murdock and Jesselyn Cook for HuffPost)


Pursuit Podcast: Techtonica
Michelle Glauser talks about Techtonica, her project that offers women and nonbinary folks access to engineering apprenticeships that have a living stipend provided.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Optimistic Dissatisfaction with the Status Quo: Steps We Must Take to Improve Security in Complex Landscapes

Parisa Tabriz gives the Black Hat USA 2018 keynote, describing what’s wrong with how we go about computer security and how we can do better than just playing whack-a-mole with vulnerabilities.


Outreachy applications are open for 3-month paid internships in Free and Open Source Software. Applications are open to anyone who faces underrepresentation, systemic bias, or discrimination in the technology industry.

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

Ruby on Ice 2019 call for papers is open until October 19.

PyCascades call for proposals is open until October 21.

DevFestLA call for papers is open until October 31.

PyTennessee call for papers is open until November 1.

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

GETConf (Gender Equality in Tech) call for papers is open until November 15. Only open to speakers who are women or non-men.

Upcoming Events:

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

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

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

DevFestLA 2018
December 2, Los Angeles, California

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

PyTenneesee 2019
February 9-10, 2019, Nashville, Tennessee

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

Ruby on Ice 2019
February 22-24, 2019, Tegernsee, Germany

February 23-24, 2019, Seattle, WA

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

April 26, 2019, Omaha, Nebraska

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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 Eric E Castro (CC BY 2.0)