Newsletter #68: AI Lie Detectors at the Border

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.


Bots still play an outsized role in spreading fake news on Twitter. A study conducted by Indiana University researchers found that bots are able to overwhelm fact checkers and effectively spread misinformation despite Twitter’s increased efforts to limit automated accounts.
(Jasmin Boyce for NBC News)

The EU is going to implement AI-lie detectors on non-EU citizens planning on crossing the border. The first component is an online one that uses your computer’s own camera as a lie detector as you fill out forms and answer questions. If it doesn’t trust you, then you’ll be subject to increased security at the physical border.
(Cory Doctorow for Boing Boing)

Existing menstrual cups on the market didn’t meet her needs, so one woman invented a better one. Jane Adame has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a connective-tissue disorder that was preventing her from using her menstrual cup easily. So she teamed up with a designer and made a cup that works for a wide variety of people for whom previous designs didn’t work.
(Rose Eveleth for Motherboard)


Loose Leaf Security: Malware, antivirus, and safe downloads
Liz and Geoffrey discuss what’s wrong with bitlocker, the history of desktop malware, and more.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Why We Never Get to Web Accessibility 102

Liz Certa talks at RailsConf 2018 about how, while web disability 101 is incredibly useful, it’s been hard to move conversations up to the next level of complexity.


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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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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