A weekly summary of what I’ve been doing elsewhere on the internets. This time I’m making up for the recent slow weeks with a whole bunch of material from the RSA Conference on information security.
- Patch Monday episode 76, “The end of the open internet?” “I think the age of the deeply competitive internet is over,” says author and telecommunications lawyer, Tim Wu. “The next five years is going to be a story of the big four or big five.” This podcast contains the complete interview with the author of The Master Switch: The rise and fall of information empires, sections of which were quoted in the stories below.
- The next episode of Patch Monday is all about the RSA Conference, cyberwar, and Microsoft’s call for what referring to as “collective defence”. I’ve already completed that episode, and you’ll be able to grab it late Monday morning Sydney time over at the Patch Monday podcast stream.
- NBN is ‘visionary’, congratulations: Wu, for ZDNet Australia. Tim Wu reckons the National Broadband Network will be a Good Thing, if it works out as intended.
- Egypt and the NBN: the internet, it’s made of people, for Crikey.
- Oz kicks US’s butt on net security: Gartner, for ZDNet Australia. Security analyst John Pescatore reckons Australia and New Zealand are ahead of the US when it comes to certain key internet security initiatives.
- Digital apocalypse: the road to destruction, for ZDNet Australia. One of the big themes at the RSA Conference was cyberwar.
- WikiLeaks isn’t cyber war, but maybe it’s piracy, for Crikey. Infosec specialist Bruce Schneier had an interesting view of WikiLeaks.
- My trip to San Francisco for the RSA Conference was paid for by Microsoft.
Most of my day-to-day observations are on my high-volume Twitter stream, and random photos and other observations turn up on my Posterous stream. The photos also appear on Flickr, where I eventually add geolocation data and tags.
[Photo: Cincinnati nerdcore act Dual Core performing at the Electronic Frontiers Foundationâ€™s 21st birthday party in San Francisco on 16 February 2011.]