Newsletter #112: We Owe Free Public Internet Access at Libraries to One Woman

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Inmates in Ohio surreptitiously built computers and connected them to the prison’s network. They built the computers out of scrap parts and hid them in the ceiling, giving internet access to other inmates. The people responsible however were, unfortunately, caught.
(David Kravets for Ars Technica)

The CEO of Kickstarter says that “the union framework is inherently adversarial” to Kickstarter’s goals and company dynamic. Of course, the top of any hierarchy would not want that hierarchy challenged.
(Lauren Kaori Gurley for Motherboard)

Public libraries offer free internet because of the work of the librarian Jean Armour Polly, who has just been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame for her work. In the 1990s, Polly traveled the US convincing libraries to offer free public internet access.
(Klint Finley for Wired)


Cyber: Canada Say its Spy Screwed Us
In this episode, former Canadian spy Stephanie Carvin tells the story of another Canadian spy who was allegedly selling state secrets to drug cartels.

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! Is This Magic!? Ferris Explores Rustc!

J Haigh & QuietMisdreavus at RustConf 2019 dive into how a Rust compiler works by way of an entertaining narrative.


The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hiring a development director.

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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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