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I was a busy possum during the two weeks from Monday 9 to Sunday 22 April 2018. The first week was spent in Canberra covering some cyber events, and the second was spent writing, and working on the SEKRIT editorial project which I’ll tell you a tiny amount about… now!
I’m the series editor on a project for Crikey, one that they’ve crowdfunded via a Pozible project called Crikey Digs. Some of you may have seen me tweet that part of it is about businesses that misuse Australians’ personal data, or trade it in a dodgy way. More will be revealed in the coming week.
Meanwhile, all these things…
- Cyber Dam Busters could give Australia’s military an asymmetric edge, ZDNet Australia, 10 April 2018.
- ASD to review Australia’s cybersecurity and ‘drive out known problems’, ZDNet Australia, 11 April 2018.
- Technical solutions won’t stop the real threats to elections, ZDNet Australia, 12 April 2018.
- Blaming Russia for NotPetya was coordinated diplomatic action, ZDNet Australia, 12 April 2018.
- Caught short by NotPetya, Australia to establish 24/7 ‘cyber newsroom’, ZDNet Australia, 13 April 2018.
- It’s time for cyber weather and traffic bulletins, ZDNet Australia, 13 April 2018.
- Cyber fraudsters now stealing millions in single transactions, ZDNet Australia, 19 April 2018.
- On Wednesday 11 April, I spoke about aspects of the ongoing Facebook story on ABC Adelaide.
- On Friday 13 April, I spoke about the risks of using dodgy VPN providers on ABC Sydney.
- One of my tweets was quoted in the Junkee story The Daily Mail Has Fired A Reporter For Calling A â€˜Bachelorâ€™ Contestant A â€œVapid C*ntâ€
- On Thursday 19 April, I spoke about the idea of cyber weather bulletins on ABC Perth.
I’ve fallen out of the habit of posting the audio from my radio spots. Would you like me to return to that habit?
None. However see below for a bit of a plan.
- There was plenty of food and drink at the ACSC Conference in Canberra, though I skipped most of the functions.
The Week Ahead
The next few weeks see me based in Ashfield, Sydney, working through the SEKRIT editorial project, and writing for ZDNet much as usual. I’m hoping to get some walking in, however, and I might post some stuff about the places I visit, including photos.
On Tuesday night I’m doing a radio spot for ABC Melbourne, some time between 1900 and 2200 AEST. We haven’t locked in the time yet.
Wednesday is Anzac Day. It’s a public holiday, so I may take it easy. But I also might get up early for the Dawn Service. Undecided.
The next episode of The 9pm Edict, will be recorded and streamed live on Tuesday 8 May at 2100 AEST.
Other things I’ve pencilled in:
- AusCERT Cyber Security Conference, Gold Coast, 30 May to 1 June.
- The 9pm Edict Public House Forum 7, Brisbane, Saturday 2 June. (TBC)
- Building Australia’s Strategy for Space, Canberra, 13â€“15 June.
- SINET 61, Melbourne, 31 July â€“ 1 August. (TBC)
- D61+ LIVE, Brisbane, 18â€“19 September. (TBC)
- Australian Cyber Conference, formerly the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference, Melbourne, 9â€“11 October.
[Photo: Parliament House, Canberra, photographed on 13 April 2018.]
I’ll mention one thing though. I returned to Wentworth Falls on Sunday, after more than three weeks in Sydney. Time flies.
Articles and Podcasts
None. Stand by for more details to be announced on the weekend, however.
- On Friday, I was interviewed by Steve Molk for his delightful podcast Humans of Twitter. That episode is expected to appear on Friday 22 April. If you don’t already subscribe to this podcast then you should — at least if you’re Australian, because he’s been concentrating on Australians so far.
The Week Ahead
Monday has already been a write-off, spent organising things which had become disorganised, and stressing about them. We shall speak of it no more.
On Tuesday — that is, today — I’m catching a morning train to Sydney, and then the 1212 train to Canberra, scheduled to arrive in the nation’s capital at 1629. I thought it might be an interesting change from flying, even though it takes longer.
On Tuesday evening, it’s drinks before spending Wednesday and Thursday covering the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference at the rather drab National Convention Centre. This has become one of the must-attend information security conferences in Australia, and I’m looking forward to meeting and hearing from law enforcement and national security people who we usually don’t hear from.
On Friday, I return to Sydney on the 1153 train, arriving back in the nation’s largest city at around 1600. From there until the end of the weekend, things are unplanned.
Update 16 April 2016: Date for Humans of Twitter posting added.
[Photo: Australian Landscape. This photograph was taken while approaching Canberra airport on 7 March 2016, but it could have been taken almost anywhere across south-eastern Australia.]