My week of Monday 19 to Sunday 23 December 2018 was surprisingly busy. Instead of winding down as it approached Christmas, it wound back up with new things happening.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 447: It’s still way too busy as Christmas looms”
- What’s actually in Australia’s encryption laws? Everything you need to know, ZDNet Australia, 10 December 2018. This 1800-word explainer, written neutrally, has turned out to be quite popular. It’s a good place to start on this controversial topic.
- Australia’s encryption laws will fall foul of differing definitions, ZDNet Australia, 11 December 2018.
I have two part-written stories for ZDNet that should be finished in the coming week.
None. Next week, though…
- On Tuesday, I spoke about the Assistance & Access Act on Sydney’s Radio Skidrow, and later in the day on ABC Adelaide. No recordings of them for now, but the Radio Skidrow one will appear in their podcast this coming week.
- On Friday, I spoke about YouTube’s attempts to get rid of hate speech and other problematic content on ABC Radio’s PM.
The Week Ahead
I’ll be in Sydney on Monday, finishing some writing for ZDNet, dealing with some medical imaging, and catching up with friends. The writing continues on Tuesday, after which I return to the Blue Mountains to continue yet more writing on another project.
On Thursday, Nicholas Fryer and I will be recording another joint episode of The 9pm Edict podcast. It should be posted that night.
Friday is probably about writing too. Given that it’s the last day of the last proper working week before Christmas, though, who can say?
The following week begins with Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing day, followed by two alleged working days before the extend New Year long weekend. I’ll be spending nearly all of it cat-sitting in Ashfield, and adding personal and maybe work things ad libitum.
[Photo: Crossing the Nepean. Part of my regular “Crossing the Nepean” series of images, but this time taken from the old road bridge through the a bus window covered in advertising, photographed on 16 December 2018.]
- How government haste is ruining its own anti-encryption law, ZDNet Australia, 26 November 2018. Since this was written there have been development. On Friday, Labor announced that it would be demanding a delay.
- Autonomous cyber defences are the future: Richard Stiennon, ZDNet Australia, 29 November 2018.
I’ve also written nearly all of another ZDNet article, which is likely to appear on Monday.
Podcasts, Media Appearances
- On Tuesday, Cybereason’s briefing session was held at STUDIO at the top of Sydney Tower. There was good food and quite a lot of wine.
The Week Ahead
After a slow start, Monday is a writing day, as well as a day of administrivia for the first working day of the month.
On Tuesday I head down to Sydney for a medical appointment, to interview a cybersecurity executive, and to attend a Sydney Ideas evening lecture on White Fragility. I’ll stay in Sydney overnight so can work in Sydney on Wednesday.
I’ll head to Sydney again on Thursday morning, slightly earlier, for a dental appointment, some errands, the ever-dangerous annual Annual Communications & Internet Community Boat Cruise, and dinner with a friend. Once more I’ll stay in Sydney overnight, with Friday as a writing day of some sort.
The weekend is not yet planned.
Nicholas Fryer and I will be recording another joint episode of The 9pm Edict podcast on Thursday 22 December, and it should be posted that night.
[Photo: Looking across Sydney Harbour from Sydney Tower. The view to the north-east from Sydney Tower, with the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Base East in the mid-ground, and out towards Sydney Heads, photographed on 27 November 2018.]
My week of Monday 22 to Sunday 28 October 2018 was dominated by the building in the photo, the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), because I was covering SWIFT’s Sibos global financial services conference. It was all a bit strange.
I’m used to plenty of hospitality at cybersecurity conferences, but the international banking industry works at a whole different level. It also generated three stories, with another one or two still to come.
And all of this happened despite a night of drinking whisky. I’d like to quash the rumour that we were drinking whisky until 6am, however. It was only about 5.50am.
- “The 9pm Probe: Mike Godwin, attorney and author”, being The 9pm Edict episode 80. It’s also on Spreaker and SoundCloud.
- Securities market participants face greatest financial cyber threat: BAE Systems, ZDNet Australia, 23 October 2018.
- There’s ‘bigger fish to fry’ than anti-encryption laws: Telstra security chief, ZDNet Australia, 23 October 2018.
- Culture the missing link for cybersecurity’s weakest link, ZDNet Australia, 24 October 2018.
- SWIFT’s Sibos global financial services conference was awash with plenty of high-quality food and drink. I didn’t trawl the stalls, even though there were some excellent things on offer. I just grabbed a pen from the Reserve Bank of Australia when mine broke.
The Week Ahead
On Monday I’m writing something for ZDNet before doing the shopping and other errands in Katoomba. Tuesday will be a long day. I’m catching the 0607 train down to Sydney to cover the McAfee MPOWER Cyber Security Summit. I daresay that as a result I’ll be writing something else for ZDNet on Wednesday.
Update 30 October: I’m down with what I’m calling Banker Flu. Monday and Tuesday have been write-offs. Wednesday will be about story pitches, writing, and the shopping.
I’ll leave Thursday and Friday unplanned for the time being. I have the sneaking suspicion that there’ll be something newsworthy to write about, and I’ll sort out the podcast plans for the rest of the year.
There’s nothing specific pencilled in yet, so I should probably do something about that. Suggestions are more than welcome.
[Photo: ICC Sydney, photographed on 24 October 2018.]