Newsletter #67: Data Science Against White Supremacy

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 the upcoming Responsible Communication Style Guide supplement by watching editor Thursday Bram’s talk What You Need to Know When Naming a Python Project.


Emily Gorcenski, a data scientist who was peppersprayed by Nazis in Charlottesville, now spends her time tracking down and exposing white supremacists. She compiles data to make it easier for journalists or other people to keep track of the far right, including their court appearances.
(Matthew Gault for Motherboard)

California inmates are fighting the deadliest fire in the state’s history for $1 an hour. Because society doesn’t feel dystopian enough, inmates are expected to risk their lives for the chance of time off of their sentence.
(Abigail Hess for CNBC)

Me and almost twenty other people are getting doxxed by white supremacists in North Carolina right now. They’re focusing their energy on anti-racist and anti-fascist organizers in Asheville, North Carolina, and seemed to save a lot of their vitriol for us trans and/nonbinary activists. This is a public statement about it that includes some organizations worth supporting who have garnered Nazi ire.


Reply All: #130: The Snapchat Thief
Alex, PJ, and Lizzie talk details about how Lizzie’s snapchat got hacked by a young French hacker. Gets into SIM swapping and the underground market for social media handles.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

Burnout: Community Problem & Community Solution

Jason Yee at DevOpsDays Portland 2018 talks about mental first aid, for both yourself and your community.


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.

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.

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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