Newsletter #64: Infiltrating the Alt-Right in NYC

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A communist spent three months infiltrating NYC’s alt-right scene. This detailed account includes when police offered the alt-right advice on how to avoid antifascists as well including plenty of names and locations of where they met up.
(Jay Firestone for Commune)

Uber is suspending trans drivers for their changing faces. Uber uses facial recognition for security and has been unable or unwilling to accommodate for people whose faces are changing through hormonal transition. Since uber drivers are technically contractors, they are not being reimbursed for lost time either.
(Jaden Urbi for CNBC)

There’s a python developer survey happening right now. In order to get a better idea of what the python userbase looks like, the python software foundation runs an annual survey. 100 contributors will receive prizes.


Science Vs: Online Dating: Can Science Find You Love?
Wendy Zukerman discusses how data does and doesn’t work when it comes to love. There’s a transcript available as well.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Disaster Resilience the Waffle House Way

Heidi Waterhouse at DevOpsDays Portland 2018 talks about what we can learn from other industries about our own up/down conditions.


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.

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:

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

PyCon Canada
November 10 – 13, 2018, Toronto, Canada

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

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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 david baxendale (CC BY-ND 2.0)