Newsletter #70: Can Australia Ban All Working Cryptography?

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.


Australia is trying to ban working cryptography. They just voted on a new law that would require tech companies to provide back doors to more or less everything, regardless of whether or not a back door is even possible in any given case. Of course, when effective cryptography is outlawed, only outlaws will have effective cryptography.
(Cory Doctorow for Boing Boing)

#thotaudit took a darker and more effective turn this week, as misogynists have started targeting sex workers through their payment processors. These misogynists are automating the process of collecting data on and reporting some of the most marginalized people in our society. While they’re starting with sex workers, they aren’t stopping there — they are targeted anyone who is opposed to misogyny.
(Samantha Cole for Motherboard)

We’ve known for a long time that Facebook is cuthroat, but newly-leaked emails prove it even further. The UK Parliament gained access to 250 pages of internal emails discussing how Facebook handles user data and third-party apps.
(Rob Price, Shona Ghosh, and Isobel Asher Hamilton for Business Insider)


Hacking Culture: Joanne Armitage on Feminist Algorave
Electronic music producer Joanne Armitage talks about how she performs and how she teaches live coding as performance.

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Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

Karen Cohen at DevOpsDays Amsterdam 2018 discusses what it takes to “stop the world” and break down your legacy code to rebuild.


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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