Newsletter #66: Open Source Elections

Hello Recompilers,

We’re starting to put Issue 9 online, and you can read one of the first articles now: Progress is a Never-ending Circle, by AC Gillette. And you can get a preview of the upcoming Responsible Communication Style Guide supplement by watching editor Thursday Bram’s talk What You Need to Know When Naming a Python Project.


Jackie Luo knows the salaries of thousands of tech employees. Talking about our salaries is one of the simplest and most effective tools we have in workplace organizing and reaching for pay equity.
(Jackie Luo for Medium)

The advantages of open source voting hardware are pretty-self evident, and people are working on that. A non-profit called VotingWorks is trying to build a better electoral system, though the odds aren’t good it will crack the proprietary market that controls election machines in the USA.
(Jason Koebler for Motherboard)

Tactical Technology Collective has put together the Gendersec Curricula to introduce a feminist perspective to privacy and digital security workshops. So far there are almost thirty different workshop and activity lessons included.


Loose Leaf Security: Backups
Liz and Geoffrey discuss cloud vs. local backups and how backups fit into best security practices.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

Break Things to Fix Things

Ijeoma Ezeonyebuchi at DevOpsDays Portland 2018 talks about why output testing is not enough.


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.

Image credit: Microchip08 (Public Domain)