Some big ones this week, including announcements about a new national cybersecurity strategy, federal-state coordination on digital IDs, various legislation given the go-ahead by Senate committees, and what’s probably the final week of public hearings in the Robodebt Royal Commission.Continue reading “Digital developments from Canberra 27”
My week of Monday 21 to Sunday 27 November 2016 was even less productive than the previous week, but I know why that happened.
One, a change to my medication dosages screwed up my sleep patterns for a while. Two, I did quite a bit of background work that won’t produce visible results for a while. And three, I was lazy.
- Census reports highlight government IT incompetence, ZDNet, 25 November 2016. This was my third ZDNet story on the Census debacle, this one based on the reports from the Senate inquiry and the PM’s Special Advisor on Cyber Security.
Podcasts, Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
[Photo: â€œYes! Chase them. Kill them. You can do it. Mwuahaha! Kill them!â€, photographed on 21 October 2016.]
Actually, this photo deserves a fuller explanation.
When taking the SkyBus from Melbourne Airport into the city, I rode at the front of the upper deck. This young man seated immediately in front of me pretended he was the pilot.
â€œI need speed,â€ he chanted. â€œI need speed. I need speed.â€
Then he started threatening to crush the taxis in front of us. â€œYes! Chase them. Kill them. You can do it. Mwuahaha! Kill them! Youâ€™re stupid. Stupid. Iâ€™ll drive you to death! Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.â€
He was really getting into it as we zoomed through that well-known structure on the Tullamarine Freeway.
Since this Weekly Wrap is late, just like last week’s, I’ll get straight into it.
- International mobile data networks still a serious security problem, ZDNet Australia, 24 October 2016.
- Censusfail: An omnishambles of fabulous proportions, ZDNet Australia, 26 October 2016.
None, but I recorded material for another Ruxcon-related episode of Corrupted Nerds, and The 9pm Edict Public House Forum 4. Both will appear during the week of 7 November.
- On Monday, some of my comments about the late Leslie Nassar were included in the Crikey obit, Razer: vale Leslie Nassar, engineering genius and champion shit-stirrer.
- Also on Monday, one of my silly tweets was included in a Junkee story, People Are Roasting George Brandis Over His Incredibly Weird Signature.
- On Tuesday, my comments on medical technology hacks were feature on ABC Radio’s The World Today. The ABC also ran a news item, Cyber security experts claim St Jude cardiac implants vulnerable to life-threatening hacks.
- On Tuesday night, I spoke about various technology matters in ABC 774 Melbourne. I hope to have a recording available by 10 November.
- The Register ran an item on my tweeted observation, Aussie trams equivalent to 30 skateboarding rhinos.
- On Wednesday, I was MC for the La Trobe University event, “Big Data and Cybersecurity: Are We Ready?”. I’m told that a recording will become available eventually.
- On Friday, my comments on Twitter closing Vine were featured on ABC Radio’s AM. The ABC also ran a news story, Vine video sharing app killed off in latest sign of troubled times for Twitter.
[Photo: Melbourne is doomed, photographed on 30 October 2016. A cold front was approaching Melbourne, accompanied by a severe weather warning about strong winds. This is what it looked like from St Kilda Beach.]
I did a decent amount of media production. I got one of my lingering geek-for-hire projects moving again. And it was a successful first week of the action plan put together by my doctor. Many wins.
I also launched a Pozible crowdfunding campaign, Stilgherrian > Melbourne 2016, to fund a variety of things late this month. Please consider.
- The dog ate my Census, says ABS, ZDNet Australia, 26 September 2016.
- Brandis swings his golden hammer, misses mark, ZDNet Australia, 29 September 2016. It’s about his plan to criminalise the re-identification of de-identified government data.
None, because I rescheduled the planned recording session for The 9pm Edict to this coming Wednesday.
- On Monday, ZDNet posted another short video in their Security TV series, Cyber civil defence for the rest of us. It’s part of a feature on Cyberwar and the Future of Cybersecurity.
- On Thursday, I spoke about the death of voicemail on ABC 1233 Newcastle.
The Week Ahead
Monday is Labour Day, a public holiday, so I’ll be trying to take it easy. I suspect I’ll fail.
On Tuesday, I’m writing for ZDNet, bringing my geek-for-hire projects up to date, and negotiating my next moves with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
On Wednesday, I’m recording and streaming an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast. That’s scheduled for 2100 AEST.
Thursday sees a medical appointment, the final episode of The Code at 2030 AEDT, and the wrap-up of my Pozible campaign at 2100 AEDT.
Friday will mostly be about some geek-for-hire work.
I’m hoping that the weekend will be the first with no actual work in quite some time. At least that’s the plan.
I plan to record the next Public House Forum episode of the Edict on Saturday 15 October somewhere in or near Sydney.
I plan to be in Melbourne from 21-30 October, or thereabouts. The trip includes the Ruxcon Security Conference on Sat-Sun 22-23 Oct (I’m also on the closing panel), a radio spot on ABC 774 Melbourne on Tue 25 Oct at 1930 AEDT, MCing an event for LaTrobe University on the evening of Wed 26 Oct (details TBA), and recording a Public House Forum episode of the Edict on Sat 29 Oct.
[Photo: Sydney’s Glebe Island Bridge, photographed on the sunny 28 September 2016.]
- “The 9pm Fracking Your Data Real Good”, being The 9pm Edict episode 62. This episode was recorded as it was being streamed live on Tuesday night, and is also available on SoundCloud and Spreaker.
None, though the Census disaster would have generated a few media appearances had I not been in pain. Messages started coming in from 0600 the morning after, and eventually totalled requests for nine or more radio spots and three TV spots — not that I could have done them all.
- CrowdStrike sent me a couple of their handy little webcam covers.
The Week Ahead
It’s yet another week in Sydney, which will make it 12 weeks in a row. I’m kinda glad I’ve avoided being in the Blue Mountains during the coldest part of winter.
It’s also another jumbled week of updating all the geek projects, writing for ZDNet, and trying to sort out my never-ending cashflow disaster. Details via Twitter each day.
On Thursday evening, I’ll be going to Text100’s infamous Xmas in August event, where they preview their clients’ products for Christmas and no-one ever drinks any alcohol whatsoever. On Friday, I’ll migrate to Ashfield in Sydney’s inner west, where once more I’ll be cat-sitting.
The weekend is unplanned.
I’ll be going to the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit in Sydney on 22-23 August, the Palo Alto Networks Cyber Security Summit in Sydney on 22 September, the AISA National Conference in Sydney on 18-20 October, and the Ruxcon Security Conference in Melbourne on 22-23 October.
[Photo: Stripes in KL. A snapshot of contrasting stripes taken when I was wandering the streets of Kuala Lumpur on 12 September 2011.]
It’s that special day that comes but once every five years. Australia’s national Census 2016. And so far hasn’t it been a disaster.
“Look we don’t like to call it data mining, it’s more like data fracking,” tweeted by Johannes Jakob on 9 August, and he’s right.Continue reading “The 9pm Fracking Your Data Real Good”