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The big achievement was launching the crowdfunding campaign for The 9pm Edict Summer Series, to fund extra episodes of The 9pm Edict podcast over summer. As I write this on Sunday evening, 21 supporters have already taken us 45% of the way to Target One. Je suis even very happier.
- Australia’s war on encryption potentially ‘reckless’: Former US cyber advisor, ZDNet Australia, 6 November 2017. Said advisor was Ben Flatgard, the Director for Cybersecurity Policy on the US National Security Council during the Obama administration.
- On Thursday I produced an audio promo for The 9pm Edict Summer Series. It’s podcast-ish.
Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
The Week Ahead
On Monday, I’m writing for ZDNet, then going through my notes and recordings to see what else I should be writing about before the end of the year.
Tuesday is a Sydney day, primarily to go to a press lunch with cybersecurity company CQR. I may add some meetings, however, so place your bids.
The remainder of the week is mostly work for DirectorTech, but I’ll probably write something for ZDNet too.
This episode will include the wrap-up of the Pozible campaign for The 9pm Edict Summer Series.
[Photo: Track in the Mist, being one of the tracks leading to Bunjaree Cottages photographed late on the misty morning of 5 November 2017. While it was misty early in the week, it ended with some bright sunny days.]
I seem to have settled into semi-regular radio spots on ABC 774 Melbourne, talking about technology news roughly once a month. I did one of these on Thursday.
The main item was the legal battle between Apple and the FBI over an iPhone that belonged to one of the shooters in the San Bernardino shootings of December 2015. While there’s plenty of coverage of this case, I will mention that the FBI’s hack may never reach Apple, and the only winners are the shareholders of cybersecurity companies, because more people will see security as important.
The other item was the announcement on Thursday of the IOT Group’s new product, the ROAM-e drone for taking flying selfies. Yes, that’s what I said.
Heres the full 22-minute conversation with presenter Casey Bennetto, who was filling in for Lindy Burns.
This audio is ©2016 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Australia’s mandatory data retention legislation is back in the news again, in part because ABC journalist Will Ockenden put a year’s worth of his so-called “metadata” online and invited people to trawl through it.
This morning I spoke a little about the concept on ABC 105.7 Darwin with breakfast presenter Alan Steer.
The audio is of course ©2015 Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Given that there’s bound to be quite a bit about data surveillance in the news again soon, here’s three of my articles on the topic that’ll set the mood.
- It’s time that ‘metadata’ met an end, ZDNet Australia, 20 March 2014.
- Will metadata musings ever mature beyond paranoid fears?, ZDNet Australia, 20 October 2014.
- Australia’s data-retention debate hits Derpcon Zero, ZDNet Australia, 18 March 2015.
It’s a long time since I’ve written five articles in week. It’s at least six months since I’ve done four, which is as far back as I could be bothered scrolling let alone five. But of course, there’s podcasts and other projects that have generated revenue, including random geekery and technical consultancy, so “number of articles” isn’t a fair measure.
Still, this has been one of my most productive weeks in a while. Excellent.
- ASIC still able to wield its magic hammer online, Crikey, 2 June 2015. The hammer I refer to is section 313(3) of the Telecommunications Act 1997.
- Australia’s cyber defence ‘pretty ordinary’ before ASD’s Top Four, ZDNet Australia, 3 June 2015. This piece quotes Major General Stephen Day, who heads up the defensive side of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). This and the following piece were generated from Check Point’s Cyber Security Symposium in Sydney.
- Telstra CISO blasts cyber ‘attribution distraction’, ZDNet Australia, 4 June 2015. Mike Burgess is said CISO.
- Air gaps still a cheap and effective defence for critical networks: Kaspersky, ZDNet Australia, 4 June 2015. This is the first of two articles that came out of the AusCERT Information Security Conference, and there’ll be more next week.
- Islamic State has ‘best cyber offence’ of any terrorist group, ZDNet Australia, 5 June 2015. This article cites Mykko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure in Helsinki.
None. The next episode of The 9pm Edict is scheduled for Monday 15 June, or the day after.
- On Monday, I spoke about Chinese ATMs with face recognition on ABC 891 Adelaide.
- On Friday, I took part in the AusCERT Speed Debate. The Livestream recording has bad audio, so I’ll link to the YouTube version when it becomes available.
- Also on Friday, I was interviewed by the University of Melbourne student newspaper Farrago. I’ll link to that story when it goes live.
- On Tuesday, I went to the Check Point Cyber Security Symposium in Sydney, or at least part of it. The goodie bag included a signed copy of Brian Krebs’ book Spam Nation, a Check Point branded notebook, a chocolate from A10 Networks, and of course copies of Check Point’s promotional material. Food and drink were supplied.
- From Tuesday night through to Friday, I was at the AusCERT Information Security Conference as AusCERT’s guest. They provided return flights from Sydney to the Gold Coast, airport transfers, three nights accommodation at RACV Royal Pines Resort, and of course all the conference food and drink — and there was plenty of that. For taking part in the Speed Debate, I was given a bottle of Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Shiraz 2012 from the Clare Valley. And everybody got a copy of Bruce Schneier’s book Data and Goliath, an AusCERT-branded shirt, and a rather well-made courier bag. From CyberArk: A macaron, delivered creepy-like into my hotel room while I wasn’t there. From Firemon: A branded glass-cleaning cloth. From Mimecast: a keyring bottle opener. From NCC Group: a golden bath duck. From the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service: an NCIS cap — yes, from the real NCIS, not the TV show.
The Week Ahead
Monday is a public holiday for the Queen’s Birthday, but nevertheless I’ll be working. I’ll be writing a feature for ZDNet, as well as returning to Wentworth Falls after a week away.
From Tuesday to Thursday, I’ll be working on another feature for ZDNet, as well as my “regular” column, as well as the running so late it’s embarrassing ebook.
I see there’s an Apple keynote at 0300 AEST on Tuesday, so that may feed into something. [It didn’t.] And I’ve got an interview to do on Thursday afternoon. On Friday, I’ll be heading down to Sydney for a media briefing by Cisco. Friday is another writing day.
I’m not sure how the weekend will go, but I see that there’s Poetry in the Pub in Katoomba on Sunday afternoon. I happened to be there last month, and I thought it might be interesting for The 9pm Edict podcast. We’ll see.
Update 11 June 2015: Edited to reflect the abandoning of the Friday trip to Sydney.
[Photo: Sunset on the Gold Coast, Photographed from the 16th floor of the RACV Royal Pines Resort on 3 June 2015.]
Encased in a steel cage and with people prevented from choosing their own drinks, yesterday’s Newtown Festival ceased being a true community event and became yet another “officially-sanctioned party.” It’ll never be the same again. But why should it be that way?