The week of Monday 2 to Sunday 8 October 2017 was short and full of pain, a bit like Woody Allen. Monday was a public holiday, and the rest of the week was packed with media tasks.
Both articles relate to the launch by foreign minister Julie Bishop of Australia’s first International Cyber Engagement Strategy on Wednesday. There might be a third story next week.
- Australia goes hawk with new diplomatic cyber strategy, ZDNet Australia, 4 October 2017.
- Australia’s diplomatic challenge is to avoid a cyber arms race, ZDNet Australia, 5 October 2017.
None by me, but I’m the guest on the next episode of the Covert Contact podcast. It was recorded on Friday, and will appear on Monday — which may be Tuesday Australian time.
- This week Australia’s federal and state governments agreed to merge the state-held facial biometric databases for things like drivers licenses into the federal system. I spoke about that on ABC Adelaide on Wednesday afternoon, and ABC South East NSW on Thursday morning. I probably won’t have time to post the audio though.
- On Wednesday, there were nibbles to be eaten at that cyber policy launch.
The Week Ahead
Monday and Tuesday will be a confused mix of planning, administrivia, story pitches, geekery, shopping, and other errands up here in the Blue Mountains.
Wednesday and Thursday will be spent in Sydney. Mostly it’s to cover the national conference of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), but that’s up against the grandly named Everything IoT Global Leadership Summit, so I might pop over to that for a while too.
Friday 13 October is clearly going to be a day of writing. The weekend is unplanned.
I think I’ll have to drop my plan to cover Ruxcon in Melbourne on 21â€“22 October, because it’s only two weeks away and there isn’t actually a plan. If I do get the energy for crowdfunding, it should probably go towards other things.
At this stage, there’s nothing special through to the end of the year. Now is your chance to fix that.
[Photo: Skink, being a 25cm-long skink of unknown species photographed at Bunjaree Cottages on 6 October 2017.]