Newsletter #91: Silicon Valley Labor Unrest is Heating Up

Hello Recompilers,

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We also want to draw your attention to Bite Size Networking, a new zine from Julia Evans and the third in her “Bite Size” series. It’s an illustrated introduction to networking principles, aimed at programmers who don’t do networking as their full time job but would like to do it occasionally.


The labor movement in Silicon Valley continues to grow. On May Day, workers at Google staged a sit in to reiterate the demands of last year’s walkout and to protest retaliation against organizers. The best kind of trouble is stirring at Riot Games, and DataCamp’s CEO has been forced to step down.
(Various authors for Motherboard)

Smart locks are being used maliciously by landlords. The terms of service of Latch, the popular smart lock manufacturer, are a privacy nightmare and they send your personal data right to your landlord.
(Sage Lazzaro for Medium)

The Department of Homeland Security is going to start DNA testing migrants. Since indefinitely detaining children is unpopular, families with children are not held as long in detention centers, so the DHS wants to prove that some of the families are not blood related.
(Megan Molteni for Wired)


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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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