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Podcast Episode 5: The Raquel Landefeld Interview & The Pipdig Story

This entry was posted in Podcasts on April 2, 2019 by Mark Maunder   2 Replies

This week I chat about the Pipdig controversy in full with Mikey Veenstra and Kathy Zant. Kathy and I cover the news. And we have an amazing interview with Raquel Landefeld who is a community organizer for WordPress, co-founder of agency Mode Effect and a well known and loved personality in the WordPress community. Raquel and I chat about her adventures as a mom in tech, Gutenberg, her approach to networking, what it is like being a WordCamp Phoenix organizer and what she is up to for the rest of this year.

This episode is a bit long, so here are approximate segment timestamps in case you want to jump around:
0:44 – Pipdig Scandal
50:11 – News starts
50:20 – The Florida Man Challenge opsec fail
53:52 – Jetpack suggestion in plugin search
58:08 – Longtime online writer loses funding sources (VioletBlue)
1:05:34 – The EU and article 13
1:10:30 – Interview with Raquel Landefeld

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This week in the news we cover:

  • The Florida Man Challenge asks you to find your Florida Man story by searching for your birthdate along with the phrase “Florida Man” and posting the results on social media. This “opsec fail” entices people to expose their own personally identifiable information which could be used by malicious actors.
  • WordPress developer Mehul Gohil found a suggestion in the plugin dashboard for Jetpack’s CDN, which sparked some discussion on Twitter.
  • Longtime content creator VioletBlue lost her Amazon Associates account, which has been active since 2002 because of the nature of the content she writes.
  • European Parliament recently passed Article 13, thus placing responsibility for copyright enforcement onto online platforms instead of copyright holders.

You can find me on Twitter as @mmaunder, Kathy as @kathyzant, Mikey as @heyitsmikeyv Raquel Landefeld as @raquelandefeld and Jem Turner as @jemjabella. Please don’t hesitate to post your feedback in the comments below.

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2 Comments on "Podcast Episode 5: The Raquel Landefeld Interview & The Pipdig Story"

Joel Mielke April 2, 2019 at 8:46 pm

Strangely compelling conversation here, given that fact that there's much that I don't have a grasp on. I'm happy that Wordfence and its allies are all over these things.

Mark April 3, 2019 at 12:54 am

Thanks for this update on Pipdig. If you go to their site you will not find an address or phone number anywhere. One test we always use, and this is something everyone can do, is to check out some basic information first. So, no address and no way of contacting the company without a means of communication is a big red flag.

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