Newsletter #125: Geofencing Used Against Protestors

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The University of North Carolina has been using geofencing against antiracist protestors, including its own students. The practice involves capturing the social media posts of people within a specific area to use against them in court.
(Ari Sen for NBC News)

Chad Focus embezzled thousands of dollars and blew an enormous amount of money to buy his way to the top of the rap game. It didn’t work, and he’s heading to jail. This story is a fascinating take on how social media metrics are used and abused and how they do and don’t affect fame.
(Will Caiger-Smith for Noisey)

A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology confirms, yet again, that facial recognition is incredibly racially biased. Even the government admits that the system is fundamentally flawed, yet it continues to be used to surveil and police.
(Edward Ongweso Jr for Motherboard)


Afternoon Cyber Tea: Peak, Plateau or Plummet? Cyber Trends that Are Here to Stay… and Fading Away
Host Ann Johnson talks with cybersecurity analyst Kevin Beaumont about the rise and fall of various threats to cyber security, including the impact of the monetization of cyber attacks.

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Late, Over Budget, & Happy: Our Service Extraction Story

Amy Newell and Nat Budin at RubyConf 2019 tell the story of their three month project that turned into a nine month project and how they made it successful regardless.
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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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