The week of Monday 24 to Sunday 30 June 2019 ended the financial year. I took the opportunity to have a proper weekend off. I was also moderately productive.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 474: Cold War, warm winter, and pubs”
Sydney is falling apart thanks to a major threat to our national security. But it’s not just Sydney under threat, and not even just Australia.Continue reading “The 9pm Ladybird Baby Formula Alligator Doom Watch”
Many thanks to my Pozible supporters, as well as my generous hosts and guides in Tasmania. I think I’ve put on about 35kg thanks to you.
- “The 9pm Private House Forum 1: Hobart”, being The 9pm Edict episode 73, was recorded and streamed live from Hobart on Tuesday night. It’s also on SoundCloud and Speaker.
- DIY genetic engineering is about to explode, TechRepublic, 26 February 2018.
- Australian universities and NGOs targeted by Iranian and Chinese hackers, ZDNet Australia, 27 February 2018.
- On Tuesday afternoon, or Tuesday morning their time, I spoke about the futility of trying to “recall” an email on ABC South-West WA. I won’t be posting the recording.
- Also on Tuesday afternoon, I spoke about goats and read goat poetry on ABC Hobart. I won’t post that recording either.
- On Wednesday, I spoke about goats and crowdfunding on Tasmania Talks across northern Tasmania. You can listen at Psychic goat predicts hung parliament in state election.
The Week Ahead
This week is primarily a writing and editing week, apart from a scheduled day trip to Sydney on Wednesday. I won’t schedule it any more tightly than that. The weekend is unplanned.
I’m travelling to a few cities to present at a commercial event. Details TBA, but I’ll be in Melbourne on Tue 20 Mar, Brisbane on Wed 21, Adelaide on Thu 22 (and staying there through the weekend, I hope), and Sydney on Tue 27.
I’ve launched another Pozible campaign, The 9pm Hometown Forum, which aims to fund a Public House Forum episode of the Edict on Saturday 24 March.
Looking way further ahead:
- Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference, Canberra, 10–12 April.
- Australian Cyber Conference, formerly the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference, Melbourne, 9–11 October.
[Photo: Crossing the Derwent. Two seabirds skim the wetlands as I cross the Derwent River at Bridgewater, Tasmania, on 26 February 2018.]
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- Australia’s inside-out digital health strategy, ZDNet Australia, 7 August 2017.
- Cybercrime in China is the same, but different, ZDNet Australia, 10 August 2017.
- Australia to try taming unruly cyber words, ZDNet Australia, 14 August 2017.
- Australian businesses targeted in Cisco switch and router attacks: ACSC, ZDNet Australia, 17 August 2017.
- Gartner sets fire to all the cyber things, ZDNet Australia, 21 August 2017.
- The IoT-based threat of Cyber Chocolatocalypse, and worse, ZDNet Australia, 22 August 2017.
None, but I’ll announce my latest alleged plans in the next few days. Heh. Yeah, right.
- On Monday 24 July, I spoke about exploding batteries on ABC Melbourne.
- On Wednesday 16 August, I speculated about Australia’s new cyberwar unit on ABC Adelaide.
- On Tuesday 22 August, I spoke about a bunch of things on ABC Melbourne.
I probably won’t get around to posting the audio from these, but we’ll see.
- My flights from Sydney to Canberra and return on 11–12 August were provided by Australian consulting firm IBRS.
- There was plenty of free food and drink at the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit on 21–22 August, as well as vendor swag. Crowdstrike: Branded webcam privacy covers. Cylance: Branded USB-to-various recharge cable. Thales: A branded lens kit for mobile devices, with macro and fisheye lenses; another of the excellent Thales pens. Trustwave: One of those credit card sized multi-purpose tools.
The Week Ahead
All I’ll say for now is that I’ll definitely be down in Sydney on Thursday for a couple of medical things. The rest I’ll make up as I go along. As always, watch for the details on Twitter.
Events I’m covering or speaking at include:
- SINET61 on 26 to 27 September.
- I’m speaking at Digital Manipulation of Democracy, part of the Victorian Fabians’ Spring Series of events on “Digitisation and Democracy”, on 27 September in Melbourne.
- The iappANZ Summit 2017 on 3 October.
- The Australian Information Security Association (AISA) in Sydney from 10 to 12 October.
- Ruxcon in Melbourne on 21 to 22 October.
If there’s anything I should add in there, please let me know.
[Photo: Dawn at Wentworth Falls, looking east from Wentworth Falls railway station on the chilly morning of 21 August 2017.]