I’m very happy with my week of Monday 16 to Sunday 22 November 2020. I made another good podcast. I wrote an adequate thing. And so much of it was dominated by birds — though not so much the one in the photo.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 547: All the birds, some of the blockchain”
My week of Monday 11 to Sunday 17 July 2016 was full of exhaustion.
After finishing an important stage in bringing my tax compliance up to date last week, and after producing a marathon podcast, the stress was reduced a little. I spent a lot of time resting this week.
That said, in between the sleep and the neverending lurgi, I did start to get back into research and writing, and the coming week will see more.
- “The 9pm One Nation Policy Reading”, being The 9pm Edict episode 61, was posted on Monday night, having been recorded the previous Saturday. You can also listen on SoundCloud and Spreaker. Yes I know I listed this last week, but if other people listed for more than two and a half hours then so can you.
- E-voting is still the wrong answer to the wrong question, ZDNet Australia, 11 July 2016.
- On Wednesday, I spoke about e-voting on Tasmania Talks on 7AD Devonport and across northern Tasmania. I’ve linked to their page rather than my own because I’m lazy.
None. But there’s plenty in the coming week.
The Week Ahead
I believe I’ll be in Sydney all this week, working through some geek stuff, as well as writing for ZDNet. So far I also have three fixed appointments…
On Thursday, I’ve got a couple of briefings. First thing in the morning, it’s a briefing on the current state of ransomware by folks from Trend Micro. Then in the late afternoon it’s a look at “The Changing Landscape of Cybersecurity” from a legal and risk perspective, with law firm Jones Day, and a panel including Alastair MacGibbon, who’s now the prime minister’s special adviser on cyber security.
While the following few weeks are still be be organised, I can say that I’ll be going to theGartner Security & Risk Management Summit in Sydney on 22-23 August, and the AISA National Conference in Sydney on 18-20 October.
[Photo: Sydney in Winter, photographed from Lilyfield in the late afternoon of 13 July 2016.]
“They say, it’s all in content. I say, it’s all in the pitch,” said the PR operative — who shall remain nameless — who sent me the email you may see in the screenshot.
“Hi mate, There will be drinks. Cheers,” was all they needed to add to the generic invitation to grab my attention — though in my defence, the invitation was to an event that was well within my realms of interest, and I probably would’ve gone anyway.
I’m more than happy to attend relevant events even when there aren’t drinks. I also go to events that I’m not necessarily personally interested in, but which I know I’ll be able to turn into saleable media objects.
But it was that little personal touch that caused me to spend that extra moment to read the whole thing and agree, yes, this was something I wanted to go to.
That personal touch wasn’t really about a shared like of alcohol, though the unnamed PR operative and I agree that when we meet for drinks we’re just two people sharing a drink and confidences stay confidential.
It’s more that they knew my work, and knew that I’d get value out of this event — and because they do this sparingly, it stands out from the dozens and dozens of of PR emails I receive every day.
So here’s my week Monday 9 to Sunday 15 September 2013. I may or may not explain why this post is so late tomorrow.
- A rude privacy shock on the horizon, Technology Spectator, 10 September 2013.
- Could privacy fears burst the dot-com bubble?, ZDNet Australia, 10 September 2013.
- Say no to e-voting: defending the pencils of democracy, Crikey, 12 September 2013.
- Westpac’s $2 billion invisible bank, Technology Spectator, 13 September 2013.
- On Tuesday I spoke about helpdesk robots on ABC 702 Sydney.
The Week Ahead
We’re already well into it, obviously. But to catch up quickly, the Tokyo trip was scratched and instead I’m now in Sydney Wednesday through Friday. On Wednesday I’ve got errands, a lunchtime briefing by IBM and then a meeting over at Randwick, and the rest is still being mapped out.
I’ll pick up the Twitter feed tomorrow.
I was scheduled to talk about the year 2011 in technology on 1395 FIVEaa Adelaide this morning, but with the news that Malcolm Turnbull’s credit card details were exposed in the Stratfor hack that too was on the agenda.
We also covered computer support for the electoral roll and computerised voting, since Senator Cory Bernardi had raised the subject of people casting multiple votes and how only a handful of alleged cases had been prosecuted.
While I supported the idea of an online electoral roll, I spoke against online voting. I’ve written about that before at ABC’s The Drum, Electronic voting a threat to democracy.
The regular presenters were on holidays, so the host was William Goodings.
The audio is ©2011 dmgRadio Australia, but here it is ‘cos it hasn’t been posted on the radio station’s website. Besides, this is a reasonable plug.
[Update 0910: Link added to article on electronic voting.]
A weekly summary of what I’ve been doing elsewhere on the internets. This week I’m slowly getting back to the normal level of media work, it seems.
I’ve even completely finished the coming week’s edition of the Patch Monday podcast and sent it to ZDNet Australia. I feel so… productive!
- Patch Monday episode 82, “Trends for a broadband-enabled future”. An interview with Brad Howarth, co-author with Janelle Ledwidge of the new Australian book A Faster Future.
- Iranian hackers prove internet security is rubbish, for Crikey, explaining the implications of the presumed-Iranian hackers managing to issue themselves fake SSL certificates.
- Electronic voting a threat to democracy, for ABC Unleashed. This opinion piece essentially says that the security risks outweigh the convenience. I was most amused to see commenters claim that I’m therefore “afraid of technology” because I don’t understand it. Convenience is everything, apparently.
- On Wednesday I was interviewed by Kate O’Toole on ABC Radio Darwin 105.7 about hacking. I have already posted the audio recording.
- Shiva Kumar from PR firm Edelman bought me a cup of coffee on Monday when he briefed me on using LinkedIn. LinkedIn themselves then provided me with a free Pro-level account.
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: The view from Wattle Cottage, which is where I’m living this weekend. Of course it’s one of the Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains, where I’ve been based since early February. This is the first time I’ve stayed in this particular cottage and the view brings with it a vast number of birds.]
Voting by computer could well be a risk to democracy. Thankfully there are no plans to try this in Australia. Yet. But if there were, even if the hardware and software was audited, how would you know the software running on the machine on election day is the same as that which was audited? This video shows how easy it is to hack. The software can be replaced in just 60 seconds.