Newsletter #96: How Not to Look for Hidden Cameras

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Here’s an excellent anecdote of how and why paranoia influences our security decisionmaking. Journalist and programmer Melissa Lewis probed her hotel room for hidden cameras and fell into a rabbit hole.
(Melissa Lewis for Medium)

Related, here’s a guide for how you too can check for hidden cameras. Includes common styles and how to scan the network to find them.
(sixfortwelve for sixfortwelve)

The jury is still out on whether dark mode is better for your eyes, and it certainly isn’t for everyone. People with certain conditions, such as astigmatism, often do better reading black text on white screens than the reverse.
(Samantha Cole for Motherboard)


Pursuit Podcast: Mental Health in Tech
Jessica Rose talks with Julia Nguyen about her experiences navigating her mental health within the tech industry.

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The Metaphor of Semaphore: Explaining the Internet

Melissa Lewis at DonutJS 2018 discusses how we can better talk about the internet.


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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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