Newsletter #73: Public Domain is Finally Expanding

Hello Recompilers,

All of Issue 9 is online! This issue focuses on Hard Problems. Articles cover mesh networks, floating point algorithms, leveling up as a developer, and more.

The crowdfunding for Disabled and Here is a third of the way complete! This photo series will focus on Black, Indigenous, and additional people of color (BIPOC) in the Pacific Northwest. Help bring to life photos that will provide accessible stock photo options that avoid the ableist gaze.


A treasure trove of stuff is about to enter public domain in the United States, for the first time in 20 years. At the stroke of the new year, almost everything published in 1923 will finally be usable by everyone. This includes books, movies, songs, even the cartoon character Felix the Cat.
(Nick Douglas for Lifehacker)

It looks like Google complied with the Turkish government’s request to remove a user-generated map of Kurdistan. This is particularly troubling at a time when Trump has chosen to withdraw the troops supporting Kurdish allies in Rojava and Turkish troops are massing at the border.
(Rawa Barwari for Kurdistan 24)

Hackers have already found a way to spoof vein identification. I hadn’t even heard of this biometric, which uses the pattern of veins in a hand, but researchers have taken an IR filter off a camera to take photos of someone’s hand and recreated it in wax.
(Joseph Cox and Max Hoppenstedt for Motherboard)


CYBER PODCAST: The Growing World Of APTs and Government Hackers
Eva Galperin from the EFF discusses Advanced Persistent Threats and the new world of international, political hacking.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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The Psychology of Fake News (And What Tech Can Do About It)

Cecy Correa at RubyConf 2018 explains the psychology of fake news, starting with War of the Worlds and moving on from there.


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.

Upcoming Events:

All conferences have been screened and abide by clear and strict Codes of Conduct.

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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