Newsletter #85: Inside a Russian Troll Farm

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.


A Russian woman went undercover at a troll farm. The workplace was open twenty-four hours a day and was staffed with writers promoting Kremlin talking points in every conceivable way.
(Charles Maynes for Business Insider)

The fight for children’s YouTube continues as actual content pushes back against generated garbage. YouTube’s recommendation algorithm still favors mass-produced content over the hardworking children’s entertainers and educators who make use of YouTube.
(Caroline Haskins for Motherboard)

We’re in the final days before the EU parliament will vote on the Copyright and the Digital Single Market Directive. This law would severely restrict free communication on the internet, and Wikipedia Germany has gone dark today in protest.
(Danny O’Brien for EFF)


Loose Leaf Security: Using a Password Manager Effectively
Liz and Geoffrey get into the nitty gritty of password managers and touch on Facebook’s terrible data protection.

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! 

Learn to make the point: data visualisation strategy

Mila Dymnikova at RubyConf Australia 2019 discusses the importance of data visualization and visual communication generally.

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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