Newsletter #114: Big Tech Caves to Authoritarian Government

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As Turkey invades the Rojava region of Syria, a call has been put out for solidarity demonstrations and actions against the Turkish state. The semi-autonomous region of Rojava is radically democratic and is defended by, among others, the all-women YPJ militia.
(from Crimethinc)

Apple has pulled an app off its store at the request of China because it was being used by Hong Kong protestors. Blizzard robbed a Hearthstone player of $10,000 in prize money because he defended the Hong Kong protests. Adobe has canceled all subscriptions to its software in Venezuela at the behest of Trump. Big tech presents itself as being in opposition to authoritarian government but it is not.
(various sources)

Github’s employees are opposed to the company’s dealings with ICE but the CEO insists that it is beholden to its parent company, Microsoft. Microsoft’s employees are recirculating a letter on the issue written by Githubbers, but of course the tech companies that dictate so much of our lives do not consider themselves accountable to anyone but stockholders.
(Joseph Cox and Janus Rose for Motherboard)


Cyber: How Neo-Nazi Terrorists Are Organizing Online
Journalist Tess Owen talks about the ways that Neo-Nazis are organizing their terror online, currently by way of the app Telegram, and the lessons they’ve taken from the ISIS playbook.

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RustConf 2019 Closing Keynote

Lin Clark discusses the potential futures of Rust.


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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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