Newsletter #129: Biohackers For DIY Health

Hello Recompilers,

Issue #11 of the Recompiler is out! This issue highlights how technology is used in and has an impact on our relationships, dating, and family experiences. It includes contributions by Thursday Bram, Jackie Kazil, Courtney Milan, Amelia Abreu, Morgen Bromwell, and Lilly Ryan.


Anarchist biohackers are focusing on issues of accessibility and trans health. The conference Please Try This at Home, designed to be run by its participants, focused on issues like bodily autonomy and access to DIY care.
(Os Keyes for Motherboard)

Apple proves it is willing to work with the FBI and has dropped plans to allow users to encrypt their iCloud drives. Making us all more vulnerable to hackers, and government overreach, is apparently fine with the company.
(Joseph Menn for Reuters)

Clearview AI lied about the role its panopticon software played in catching a NYC terrorist. The company touts that their system, which catalogs faces from billions of photos, was used to catch a bomber. The NYPD points out that this simply isn’t true.
(Ryan Mac, Caroline Haskins, and Logan McDonald for Buzzfeed)


We Will Remember Freedom: Ogres of East Africa, by Sofia Samatar
This fifth episode of my fiction podcast features what I’ve been calling “my favorite short story ever.”

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! 

Bridging the Knowledge Gap: Debugging

Mina Slater talks at RubyConf 2019 gives an introduction and overview of Ruby/Rails debugging techniques

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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 Olabi Makerspace (CC BY-SA 2.0)