Newsletter #169: Ham Radio for the Revolution

Hello Recompilers,

Some of the editors of Recompiler (not me, I’m just a newsletter-writer) have started a blog to track the Portland protests and it’s one of the best resources I’ve seen to keep up with what’s going on, with timelines of each night and a roundup of news.


I love to tell myself that in a week, this will all be over and we’ll have election results. Or, if it’s not over, then at least things might start to get better. Or, at least, if it’s not getting better, we’ll have a sense of that. I love to tell myself, that in a week, I can stop holding my breath and waiting to see what will happen. But we all know that isn’t true. Here’s a map of when we can expect election results for each state.

Yet whoever wins, and however the transition of power goes, movement struggle will continue. All that will change will be appropriate tactics and the likely intensity of that struggle. Either way, it continues to be a good time to learn new skills for survival and protest. If you’re technologically inclined, consider putting that temperament to good use while still learning something new. Here’s a primer from the Indigenous Anarchist Federation about how to use radio to set up communications networks.

Finally, it seems like every week there’s new evidence of the government hacking people’s phones, and here’s this week’s news about it.


Cyber: Talking ‘Culture Warlords’ and the Second Civil War
Host Ben Makuch talks with journalist Talia Lavin about her work investigating the online world of the far right.

Talk of the Week:

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Freedom in My Heart and Everywhere: Lessons from a Cyborg Lawyer

Karen Sandler keynotes the SeaGL 2014 conference with a discussion about free software law

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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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