Issue #21: This week’s Uncubed Entry will look very different to you

“Since early May [2018], 2,342 children have been separated from their parents after crossing the Southern U.S. border, according to the Department of Homeland Security, as part of a new immigration strategy by the Trump administration that has prompted widespread outcry.” (NPR)

Why am I mentioning this in Uncubed Entry?

First, you should be outraged. Second – and most important – you can do something.

As a technologist with an entire career ahead of you, you can make a difference with each job you have and the tech that you will build.

Facebook might use and abuse your personal data, but they also make moments like this possible. In less than 1 week, nearly $15,000,000 has been raised by more than 350,000 people around the world (at time of writing) through Facebook’s “Fundraisers” feature to support RAICES, The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services.

So many people have been visiting RAICES’ website as a result of this Facebook fundraiser (and broader media coverage) that RAICES’ website crashed. They let the world know that their site was down through Twitter.

It was unknown at the time whether this crash was the result of (D)Dos 👎 or overwhelming support 👍, but a Twitter follower who works at Cloudflare saw RAICES’ tweet and offered support. RAICES’ website is still inundated with traffic and not yet fully live again, but there is now at least a basic landing page up with critical information, and incoming traffic is being monitored by Cloudflare for potential (D)DoS attacks.

Want to learn more about what’s happening? You’re in luck. Google News has 51,900 results for you, which it can pull up in less than 1 second. These results come from media companies harnessing the internet like The Washington Post, Quartz, New York Times, Gizmodo, and Vice, whose reporting can quickly and easily be shared through social media, email, phone, and (to get less tech for a second) in-person conversations.

Regardless of who you are or where you are, if you have internet access, you have power. If you have technology, you have power. Please build it and use it for good.

With love for everyone,
Brian Shoicket
COO, Uncubed

Note: Though I’ve tried to only include facts above, any opinions expressed are my own and may not represent those of Uncubed. If you want to contact me for any reason – whether you agree or disagree – you can reach me at [email protected]


Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the internet – more than 7,000,000 according to their site. With 151 physical data centers around the world and 15 Tbps (Terabit per second) capacity, they aim to improve performance, security, reliability, and insight. Cloudflare’s customers include include big names and high-volume services like Cisco, Udacity, DigitalOcean, and OkCupid.

Cloudflare is currently hiring in San Francisco (CA), Austin (TX), Salt Lake City (UT), New York City (NY), Washington DC, and Chicago (IL), as well as in England, Singapore, Brazil, Germany, and Australia.

👉 Learn more + apply here. 👈




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The Uncubed Team