Newsletter #135: Ableism and Pandemic

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.


Online discussion about Covid-19 is wildly ableist and ageist and it reveals deep-seated prejudice in our society. If you’re under 50 and reasonably healthy, like I am, you should not turn a blind eye to people who are more directly affected and you still ought to do your part to contain this virus to keep people safe.
(Julia Mastroianni for National Post)

Scientists are crowdsourcing computing power to develop a cure for Covid-19. Folding@home is a program that uses your spare processing power to simulate protein folding, a crucial part of the puzzle of how to stop this coronavirus from infecting humans.
(Matthew Gault for Motherboard)

The current pandemic has cost the convention industry $666 million and rising. Of course, the economic impacts are not nearly as important as the impacts of the disease on vulnerable members of our society.
(Rani Molla and Shirin Ghaffary for Recode)


Live Like the World is Dying: Zoe Martínez on Community Coronavirus Preparedness
In this second episode of my podcast, I talk with a leftist public health professional about who should and shouldn’t self-isolate and how we can protect people collectively during this time of crisis.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Katharine Berry at !!Con West 2019 talks about how when official support of a product stops, the community keeps it running.


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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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