Newsletter #122: Ring Continues to Woo Police

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Reading:

Surveillance app Ring continues to buddy up with police departments while throwing parties where employees wear racist costumes. The company puts on elaborate events to woo over departments to partner with the company. Over 600 police departments in the US have done so thus far.
(Caroline Haskins for Motherboard)

The four Googlers fired for union organizing are speaking up. They describe their motivations for organizing, from the company’s treatment of temp workers to its collusion with ICE and its choice to place an anti-LGBT activist on the board of AI development.
(Medium)

Portland, Oregon is working to ban the use of facial recognition by both government and private entities. It is the most radical ban currently being considered in the US.
(Sean Captain for Fast Company)

Listening:

Afternoon Cyber Tea: Building Operational Resilience In A Digital World
Ann Johnson sits down with Ian Coldwater to talk about security.

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What happens when a linguist learns to code?

Erica Sosa at RubyConf 2019 talks about how language learning influences the way we can understand the pedagogy of coding
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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.

Photo by Ring (CC-BY-SA 4.0)