Newsletter #119: Protesters with Lasers Take Down a Drone

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Chilean protestors used green lasers to down a police drone. The exact mechanism by which 40-50 lasers was able to force a police drone to the ground remains up to debate, but this is an important development for DIY resistance to tyranny.
(Fabienne Lang for Interesting Engineering)

A federal judge has ruled suspicionless searches of electronic devices at the border to be unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and might help reduce the incredible levels of privacy invasion that are currently the norm.
(Jessica Corbett for Common Dreams)

The internal fight to get GitHub to cancel its contracts with ICE is heating up. A total of five employees thus far have quit and several speakers have pulled out of the service’s conference.
(Janus Rose and Lauren Kaori Gurley for Motherboard)


Notes to Self: Why Everyone is Talking About Digital Minimalism
Manoush Zomorodi talks to Cal Newport about the pros and cons of putting away your personal devices for a full month.

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!!Con Keynote by Jenn Schiffer

Jenn Schiffer gives an entertaining and personal keynote about glitch art and maintaining a career while your life falls apart.


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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