Newsletter #63: Accessibility in spec fic and accessibility here and now

Hello Recompilers,

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The WordPress accessibility team lead has resigned. Rian Rietveld explains the technical and cultural problems plaguing the new Gutenberg editor in WordPress.

Miles Vorkosigan, from Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, is one of the most classic examples of a disabled character in science fiction literature. He’s both physically disabled and neurodivergent, and too much of what has been written about him glosses over his neurodivergence. Ira Gladkova, in Uncanny, seeks to rectify that.

Turns out that universal basic income is a bipartisan issue. A group called CEOs for basic income has asked Ontario to un-cancel an experiment that provides basic income to all people. In an age of increasing automation and a declining middle class, basic income might be the only thing that saves capitalism. Which doesn’t make basic income bad, just complicated.
(Jordan Pearson for Motherboard)


Recompiler Episode 73: A bold move
This episode we talk about moral clauses in FOSS licenses, ShotSpotter’s partnership with Verizon, how Buffer bought out its VCs, and WayMo.

Recompiler Episode 74: There is pumpkin spice in the air
This episode we talk about Chinese spy chips, new sophisticated voice phishing schemes, and Facebook’s huge security breach.

Recompiler Episode 75: Do we need to Faraday cage your office?
This episode we talk about Amazon’s AI recruiting fail, WordPress accessibility issues, Google+ and more.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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How ‘Up & Running’ Culture is Devaluing Engineering Work

Sarah Zelechoski at DevOpsDays 2018 Boston talks about the ways in which engineering is perceived to be easier than it is, causing engineers to work harder on tighter deadlines.


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.

PyCascades call for proposals is open until October 21.

DevFestLA call for papers is open until October 31.

CopyleftConf 2019 call for proposals 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.

Pycon 2019 call for proposals is open. Tutorial proposals are open until November 26. Talk, Charlas, Poster, and Education Summit proposals are open until January 3, 2019.

DevOpsDays Seattle 2019 call for speakers is open until January 6, 2019.

Upcoming Events:

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

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

DevFestLA 2018
December 2, Los Angeles, California

CopyleftConf 2019
February 4, Brussels, Belgium

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

DevOpsDays Seattle
April 23-24, 2019, Seattle, WA

April 26, 2019, Omaha, Nebraska

Pycon 2019
May 1-9, 2019, Cleveland, OH

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 stanjourdan (CC BY-SA 2.0)