Newsletter #84: The Dangers of Livestreamed Terror

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.


Today’s terrorist attack on New Zealand mosques was rife with meme references and the manifesto itself was a form of shitposting. The terrorist’s statement was intentionally written with false information to stir up controversy, in classic alt-right troll form.
(Robert Evans for Bellingcat)

Facebook has rules in place for moderating terrorism on livestream, which did not work. The terrorist’s video was live for seventeen minutes, and it has taken a herculean effort on the part of Twitter users reporting copies of the video to get the content off that site. YouTube has offered condolences to victims but has yet to ban white supremacists from using its platform.
(Joseph Cox for Motherboard, with additional analysis drawn from various Twitter feeds)

Data leaks are objectively worse for the poor than the rich. People who rely on social services routinely trade personal information for access to necessities, leaving them more vulnerable to fraud.
(Elizabeth Brico for Vice)


Pursuit Podcast: Design Communities: Namnso Ukpanah
Pursuit Podcast interviews Namnso Ukpanah about design communities in Africa.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Containers: Exploits, Surprises, and Security

Elissa Shevinsky at Circle City Con 2018 tears into Google as she discusses container security.

Upcoming Events:

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

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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