Newsletter #123: Encryption Under Attack

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Labor unrest in tech continues to heat up. $340 million a year is spent on anti-union campaigns, yet Spin, San Francisco’s e-scooter company, just unionized. And the National Labor Relations Board is investigating Google for firing four organizers.

Three transgender inmates are suing for the ability to change their names. The ability to create a new name is essential for many trans people, yet laws in many states prevent incarcerated people from doing so.
(The Associated Press for The New York Times)

The US Government continues to demonize encryption. The Defense Department and the FBI are continuing to campaign for something that is both impossible and undesirable: encryption that only the “good guys” can break.
(Karl Bode for Motherboard)


Afternoon Cyber Tea: From Threat Intelligence to Chatbots: A Look at AI in Cybersecurity
Ann Johnson talks with Jane Frankland about AI, security, and how to empower more women in tech.

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Creating AR Apps with RubyMotion

Lori Olson at RubyConf 2019 talks about how and why one might use RubyMotion to write AR apps.
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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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