In the final weekdays before Christmas, we have a bunch of reports, although we only get to see the ASD’s government cybersecurity posture review. It contains depressing news.Continue reading “Digital developments from Canberra 19”
- Cuts could threaten Australia’s cyberscience future, ZDNet Australia, 25 September 2017.
- Supporting digital trade a key element of Australia’s cyber diplomacy: Feakin, ZDNet Australia, 26 September 2017.
- Technology innovation is about knowledge not gadgets, ZDNet Australia, 29 September 2017.
Corporate Largesse, Media Appearances
- On Monday, in the wake of political SMS messages having been sent as part of Australia’s ludicrous same-sex marriage survey, I spoke about the law relating to these matters on ABC Adelaide and ABC Canberra. I probably won’t post these.
- On Wednesday night, I spoke about the Digital Manipulation of Democracy for the Victorian Fabians in Melbourne. Video recordings of this event will be posted soon. Stay tuned.
- On Tuesday, there was of course food and drink at SINET61, held at the Four Seasons Sydney.
- On Wednesday night, Victorian Fabians bought me dinner at the Captain Meville Hotel. They had of course covered my flights to and from Melbourne, and accommodation at the Jasper Hotel, but I was not paid for the gig.
The Week Ahead
Monday is a public holiday, and here I am writing for you. On Tuesday, I’m skipping the iappANZ Summit 2017 because I need to rest my back. I’ll be reading instead.
Wednesday sees a day trip to Sydney, where foreign minister Julie Bishop is launching Australia’s first International Cyber Engagement Strategy. I previewed the strategy last week, but will be writing further for ZDNet I’m sure.
Thursday onwards is unplanned, but I know I have some geekery to perform.
Events I’m covering or speaking at include:
- The Australian Information Security Association (AISA), Sydney, 10–12 October.
- Ruxcon, Melbourne, 21–22 October.
If there’s anything I should add in there, please let me know.
[Photo: Sydney Harbour, after David Moore. Sydney Harbour photographed from Virgin Australia flight VA859, a Boeing 737-800 registration VH-VUQ, on 30 September 2017. The style is similar to David Moore’s famous “Sydney Harbour from 16,000 feet” (1966) and related photos, but nowhere near as wonderful.]
Whether it was that, some of the other medical activities, the continuing springing of Spring, certain other factors, or some combination thereof, it was also more productive that recent weeks — despite the stress continuing much as usual.
The week also way the beginnings of Certain Plans being made, but those details are for another time.
- Australia has plenty of cyber potential, but will it do anything about it?, ZDNet Australia, 20 September 2016. This is another yarn from my coverage of the SINET61 cyber innovation conference.
- On Thursday, I spoke about a number of things on ABC 774 Melbourne, including working on the drama series The Code, and smart cars.
- On Friday, I spoke about the Yahoo data breach on ABC Radio National Drive.
- On Thursday, I covered the Palo Alto Networks Cyber Security Summit, so obviously there was food and drink.
The Week Ahead
I’m back in Sydney’s inner west again, where I’ll probably be based for a few weeks.
On Monday, 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).
Tuesday , I’m recording and streaming an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast. That’s scheduled for 2100 AEST, but before that I’ll be launching a new crowdfunding campaign. I also have a number of meetings in the city.
Thursday is about bookkeeping and medical appointments. Friday is about writing and the like. And then it’s the Labour Day long weekend.
I’m going to the AISA National Conference in Sydney on 18-20 October, the Ruxcon Security Conference in Melbourne on 22-23 October, the iappANZ Trust In Privacy Annual Summit in Sydney on 14 November.
I plan to record the next Public House Forum episode of the Edict on Saturday 15 October somewhere in or near Sydney.
Update 27 September 2016: Edited to reflect schedule changes.
[Photo: Ascent, being a photograph of the railway overpass on Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls, taken on 20 September 2016. It’s a bit muddy, so maybe I should try to improve that image.]
My week of Monday 2 to Sunday 8 May 2016 was essentially a continuation of the previous week, although the illnesses both physical and digital have ended.
Well, the short-term medical conditions anyway. The long-term conditions are both being addressed more or less according to plan. Ish.
I’ll tell you about the key events another time, however. For now, just the essentials.
- “The 9pm Victory over the Adult Hedgehog Onesie Bomber”, being The 9pm Edict episode 57, posted Monday night.
I’m quite pleased with this episode, and what little feedback I’ve had about the potential future of this podcast suggests that this magazine format is the way to go — although the Public House Forum episodes also seem popular.
Jobs and growth, jobs and growth, jobs and growth. Australia’s federal election has finally been confirmed for Saturday 2 July. We have an eight-week campaign, which means there should be at least two episodes of the Edict.
The mediascape will be filled with the usual commentary and mainstream punditry based on each day’s action. So for my own efforts, in podcasts or elsewhere, I intend to slow down and get outside that bubble.
What will this mean in practice? I don’t know yet. Watch this space.
- Watch out for the cyber charlatans, Australia, ZDNet Australia, 4 May 2016.
- Mark Newton decided to preserve my rant about Senator James Paterson from Thursday night. I was angry that he’d asked a question in Senate Estimates about the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) spending $50,000 on a custom typeface, the answer to which he could have found by reading any news story on the topic. I’ll have more to say about that another time.
- On Sunday, I was quoted in an article, My innovation is bigger than your innovation, by Ken Wolff at The Political Sword. It’s an interesting read, in which I play a tiny, tiny part.
The Week Ahead
I’ll be based at Wentworth Falls for most of the week, I believe, and it begins with a day off on Monday.
Remarkably, the rest of the week has no fixed appointments, but I’ve got plenty to do. There’s the usual writing for ZDNet and perhaps Crikey, the geek-for-hire work, and the neverending work to bring my tax affairs up to date. I’ll also have to lock in my podcast and election campaign plans. But I’ll be able to work on these things in the most comfortable order. This pleases me.
The weekend is similarly unplanned. Joy.
On 24-27 May, I’m covering the AusCERT Cyber Security Conference on the Gold Coast. Apart from my usual conference coverage, once more I’ll be on the panel for the event’s closing Speed Debate.
[Photo: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces the federal election on 8 May 2016. Screenshot from ABC News24.]
I’m almost two months into the slow transition to a new medication regime. The fatigue, the “general feeling of tiredness or weakness”, is slowly fading. So too are the headaches, body aches, random muscle tics in my legs, nausea, constipation, and trouble with sleeping.
Also fading are the intense, vivid dreams that woke me towards the end of the night. That’s good, because the confused muddle of reality and dream-thoughts that continued into wakefulness was accompanied by dizziness and loss of coordination. Exiting the bed in an ill-managed stumble-crash into furniture and walls led to slightly more bruises than I’d planned for.
I’m frustrated that things aren’t magically better straight away. I’m embarrassed by having to constantly reschedule things because I’ve fallen asleep after breakfast, or whatever. But I can see gradual progress, or at least the illusion of progress, which is almost as good.
On to the visible achievements…
- How Australia can cash in on the cyber boom, ZDNet Australia, 31 March 2016. This article was based on material from D61+ LIVE. I’m likely to turn more of this event into media objects in the coming weeks.
None, but I’ll be pondering the future of my podcasts over the next couple of weeks.
- On Tuesday, I spoke about Microsoft’s chatbot Tay on ABC 702 Sydney.
- On Thursday, I spoke about Apple vs the FBI and a new selfie drone on ABC 774 Melbourne.
- On Friday, the World Bank published a short video titled Future of Food: Think Beyond Your Own Plate, produced by Trinn (‘Pong) Suwannapha. It contains some of my Instagram photos of food.
- On Wednesday, there was plenty of free food and drink at D61+ LIVE.
- On Wednesday night, PR princess Shuna Boyd paid for the drinks at her own retirement party.
- On Thursday, law firm Gilbert+Tobin provided snacks and wine at the seminar by the International Association of Privacy Professionals Australia and New Zealand (iappANZ).
The Week Ahead
It’s going to be a busy one. No fixed appointments, but plenty to do on my current geek-for-hire projects, and on my tax compliance backlog. I’ll also write a column or two for ZDNet. Order of play TBA.
On Saturday, I’ll tidy up the Lilyfield house, before returning to Wentworth Falls on Sunday afternoon.
On Tuesday 12 April, I’ll take a train from Sydney to Canberra — it should be an interesting change from the airlines — to cover the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference. The event runs through to Thursday 14 April, and I’ll return to Sydney on the Friday, writing for ZDNet en route.
I’m going to the Amazon Web Services Summit Sydney on 27-28 April.
And on 24-27 May, I’m covering the AusCERT Cyber Security Conference on the Gold Coast.
[Photo: 1984 in 2016, with Wyatt Roy. A video message from Australia’s Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy is played to attendees of Data61’s D61+ LIVE event at Australian Technology Park in Sydney on 30 March 2016.]
I even managed to have an actual weekend.
There’s also been some progress in my plans to tackle the black dog of depression with more vigour than in the past: I’ve been accepted into the Depression Clinic at the highly-respected Black Dog Institute. I’m looking forward to having some up-to-date science being brought to bear, but the clinic is so heavily subscribed that my appointment isn’t until February.
- Turnbull’s scattergun nimbling of Australia is no grand vision, ZDNet, 7 December 2015.
- “The 9pm Garden of Hate”, being The 9pm Edict episode 53, was recorded live on Thursday night. You can also listen to it on SoundCloud and Spreaker. It includes a more reflective look at Malcolm Turnbull’s Innovation Statement.
- On Tuesday night, I spoke about Anonymous on ABC 774 Melbourne.
- On Friday night, I spoke about the so-called “dark web” on ABC 891 Adelaide.
Should 5at5 eventually reappear, you’ll know about it if you subscribe.
The Week Ahead
The week begins with an amorphous but busy couple of days. Between now and Wednesday morning, I’ll need to organise some podcast-related things for the remainder of December, write for ZDNet, design a logo, and do various geek-for-hire work. And to add to the need for flexibility, I’m still not sure which days I’ll be in Sydney, and which in Wentworth Falls.
On Wednesday, I’ll be going to a lunchtime briefing by Hitachi Data Systems, and then a medical appointment. On Thursday, I’ll be writing for ZDNet, I think. And on Friday, I’ll be migrating to Ashfield for ten days, amongst other things.
Somehere in there, I want to record a “2015 Wrap” episode of Corrupted Nerds, though it may have to slide into next week.
I’ll produce “2015 Wrap” episode of the Edict some time between Christmas and New Year.