Newsletter #83: Chelsea Manning Faces Down a Grand Jury

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.


Chelsea Manning might be heading back to jail. The famous whistleblower has been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury, which she has refused to do. Grand juries have a long history of misuse at the hands of government, and this time seems like no exception.
(Natasha Lennard for The Intercept)

Solving the gender disparity in tech starts in the classroom, not the workplace. This article discusses three ways to keep more women involved in tech: mentorship, tangible opportunities, and communities in which women can thrive.
(Melissa Kaufman for TechCrunch)

The Save the Internet Act hopes to bring back net neutrality. Net neutrality is favored by 86% of Americans, including 82% of Republicans.
(Marrian Zhou for cnet)


Cyber: The Cybersecurity Industrial Complex
Kelly Shortridge talks about the huge influx of capital into infosec startups and about what those startups are actually accomplishing and what they are not accomplishing.

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I Have ADD and So Can – Ooh, Shiny!

Heidi Waterhouse at RubyConf Australia 2019 discusses the ways she has found for her neurodivergence to make her a more effective developer.

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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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