Newsletter #65: Google Walked Out

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Thousands of employees, from two-thirds of Google’s offices worldwide, walked out on Thursday in protest of Google’s culture of harassment. The organizers of the walkout explain their seven demands, including better systems for reporting sexual misconduct and a commitment to ending pay inequity.
(by Claire Stapleton, Tanuja Gupta, Meredith Whittaker, Celie O’Neil-Hart, Stephanie Parker, Erica Anderson, and Amr Gaber for The Cut)

Social media bots have been used to amplify anti-semitism. Researchers analyzed millions of tweets in a recent two-week period and discovered a disproportionate amount of antisemitic harassment comes from automated sources.
(David Pescovitz for Boing Boing)

The Economist‘s recent article about overlooks all the work that it actually takes to learn and apply complicated skills like coding for artificial intelligence. Sara Hooker was mentioned briefly as a success story–she took the course and now works at Google on AI. But she’s uncomfortable with how that simplified narrative is, basically, untrue.
(Sara Hooker for Medium)


Pursuit Podcast: Contributing to Open Source
On the twentieth anniversary of open source software, Jessica Rose and VM Brasseur talk about, well, how to contribute to open source software.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

Five Conversations I’m Sick of Having About Diversity

Holly Burton at DevOpsDays Portland 2018 talks about all the missteps people take in their attempts to promote diversity in STEM.


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.

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

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.

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