This week the government released draft legislation for small business tax incentives including a Technology Investment Boost, the eSafety released a slab of documents relating to the Online Safety Act, and more.Continue reading “Digital developments from Canberra 4”
Weekly Wrap 585: Lyrebirds, productivity, and some nostalgia for Canberra
My week of Monday 9 to Sunday 15 August 2021 was a productive one, with the weather already starting to feel like it’s spring. This time two years ago it was snowing. And four years ago I was in Canberra.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 585: Lyrebirds, productivity, and some nostalgia for Canberra”
Weekly Wrap 562: Pills, productivity, and peregrinations
I’m very happy with my week of Monday 1 to Sunday 7 March. I was the midst of changing my medication regime and productivity was high â€” there’s a good chance these things are connected â€” and I’ve just enjoyed a train trip up to Newcastle.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 562: Pills, productivity, and peregrinations”
Talking PokÃ©mon Go and e-voting on ABC 774 Melbourne
The massive global phenomenon that is the PokÃ©mon Go augmented reality game naturally caught the interest of media producers all over — including at ABC 774 Melbourne.
Here’s my chat with Wendy Touhy from the evening of 20 July. I’m hoping I didn’t screw up some detail of the game, although I’m pretty sure I did.
We also spoke about one of my pet topics, the risks of electronic voting.
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This audio is Â©2016 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
[Photo: Ready to go live on ABC 774 Melbourne from ABC Sydney TARDIS 1, 20 July 2016.]
Talking Wi-Fi Hello Barbie on ABC Radio’s PM
The news that a Wi-Fi enabled Hello Barbie doll had been released got plenty of media interest at the end of the working week, especially since the security and privacy risks weren’t just theoretical.
I was interviewed by journalist Penny Timms about these security risks by ABC Radio’s national current affairs program PM.
The makers of one of the world’s most famous dolls are due to roll out their latest edition. Forget Malibu Barbie, because wifi Barbie could be on shelves by Christmas. The technology means the doll can hold conversations with her owner. But security experts warn there are serious flaws, with suggestions the technology has already been hacked.
Somehow I managed to include some paranoid ideas for using Hello Barbie for psychological warfare.
ABC News also posted a written story, which uses some different quotes. But here’s the radio story.
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The audio is Â©2015 Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It’s being served from the ABC website, where you can also read a transcript.
Weekly Wrap 280: Hacking, Melbourne, productivity returns
My week of Monday 12 to Sunday 18 October 2015 was a marked return to productivity — despite a severe lack of sleep along the way.
Apart from generating three quite adequate articles, and recording plenty of audio for future projects, I also made some excellent contacts at the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) National Conference and elsewhere, and certain geekery went pretty much to plan.
I was especially pleased that the Pozible campaign Send Stilgherrian To Ruxcon 2015 was fully funded. I’ll have more to say about that on Monday.
- Wyatt Roy’s Policy Hack is already becoming a joke, ZDNet Australia, 12 October 2015.
- Australia’s Children’s eSafety Commissioner wants a great human firewall, ZDNet Australia, 14 October 2015.
- Welcome to Brandistan, home of wobbly data retention, ZDNet Australia, 16 October 2015. This contains more than a bit of sarcasm, and was a lot of fun to write.
I also recorded an interview with Joe Franzi, Assistant Secretary Cyber Security with the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), Australia’s equivalent to the US National Security Agency (NSA). It’s the first recorded interview he’s ever done in that role, and it’ll turn into an article for ZDNet on Monday. The full audio will appear in due course. Stand by.
None, but a new episode of The 9pm Edict will appear on Tuesday.
I’ve also been commissioned to produce an episode of ABC Radio National’s Future Tense, which will appear in late November.
- On Friday, I was interviewed for a story looking at the future of technology for ABC Online, which will appear some time in the coming week.
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- The AISA conference obviously included plenty of free food and drink.
- My travel and accommodation for that Melbourne trip was covered by Tanium.
- Michael McKinnon, social media and security awareness director with AVG Technologies AU Pty Ltd, was generous with the hospitality too.
The Week Ahead
It’s another busy week ahead. On Monday, I’m dealing with administrative loose ends, and at 1600 AEDT being a guest for the recording of Mark Pesce’s podcast TWISTA – This Week in Startups Australia, before finally returning to the Blue Mountains .
Tuesday , I’m doing the shopping in Katoomba, and wrapping up another episode of The 9pm Edict. . Wednesday is a day off.
I’m writing for ZDNet, before heading into Sydney for the evening. , I’ll waste much of the day tying up idioti lcoose ends.
Friday starts early, . The rest of the day will be spent
catching up with various people, and doing some location scouting , before some sort of drinks and dinner thing with a few people.
Saturday and Sunday will be spent covering Ruxcon, another of Australia’s key information security conferences. This will include recording material for Corrupted Nerds as well as Future Tense.
On Monday and Tuesday 26-27 October, I’ll still be in Melbourne doing various things. That includes a Monday night radio spot on ABC 774 Melbourne at 1930 AEDT.
Update 19 October 2015: Edited to reflect a change of plans. Update 20 October 2015: Edited to reflect further change to the plan. Update 25 October 2015: Edited once more to reflect continuing change.
[Photo: Lumpy Weather, photographed from seat 29A of VA830 on 13 October 2015.]