Newsletter #69: Phone Jammers and a Censored Internet

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.


Prisons are experimenting with phone jammers to protect the monopoly of price gauging phone companies. Despite the FCC’s longstanding ban of jammers for state or personal use, prisons are attempting to stop the influx of contraband cell phones by using brute force techniques. Prisons hold some of the most vulnerable people in our society, people who end up test subjects for some of the worst ideas companies have to offer.
(Cara Tabachnick for Motherboard)

Google’s top-secret plan, to break their own code of ethics and develop a censored search platform for China, is out of the bag. Developers, both named and anonymous, are talking to the media. Now, internal protests and media attention might prevent the project from launching.
(Ryan Gallagher for The Intercept)

Threats by incels to report sex workers to the IRS are mostly empty. This past week, sex workers and their supporters have been warning each other about the rightwing #thotaudit movement, but it looks like it amounts to just more harassment of sex workers. Which is obviously an issue worth addressing of its own right.
(Lily Dancyger for Rolling Stone)


Loose Leaf Security: Security Stories
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Down The Rabbit Hole: An Adventure in Legacy Code

Loren Crawford discusses legacy code at RailsConf 2018. Most developers work with legacy code, and this talk covers the underlying causes of most of the pain caused by working with it.


Pycon 2019 call for proposals is still partly open. 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.

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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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