My week of Monday 1 to Sunday 7 February 2021 was exactly as described in the headline, plus some rainy weather — but not as rainy as some previous weeks.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 558: Hosing down a silly idea, starting another Pozible campaign, and more nostalgia”
As expected, my week of Monday 25 to Sunday 31 January 2021 was effectively the start of the productive year. It was also another week which was dominated by La Niña, at least in its latter parts. Rain!Continue reading “Week Wrap 557: Cyberpolicing, quizzing, and nostalgia for the Beforetimes”
What a year! At the end of 2020 we can’t even gather people in a pub to talk about how terrible it was. Well we can. But we shouldn’t. So we didn’t. We did this instead.Continue reading “The 9pm Year of Brain Worms, Drama, and Despair”
The use of facial recognition technology for law enforcement has been in the media this week, not only in connection with the Black Lives Matter protests in the US, but also in Australia. That made for a good radio segment this afternoon with Jules Schiller on ABC Adelaide.Continue reading “Talking facial recognition tech on ABC Adelaide”
In this episode we hear the death rattle of an empire in decline. We hear some examples of 21st century information warfare. And we hear just how important the US protesters are to the American people.Continue reading “The 9pm Information Warfare in a Dying Empire”
- NSW Police targeting shows the ethical dangers of secret algorithms, ZDNet Australia, 27 October 2017. There’s more to come on this topic, I think.
- “The 9pm Hallucinating Goldfish”, or The 9pm Edict episode 69, was streamed live and recorded on Tuesday night. You can also listen at SoundCloud and Spreaker. You can support this podcast with a one-off contribution via PayPal or major credit cards. Please consider.
- On Tuesday, I spoke about the targeting of advertising on social media on ABC Canberra.
- On Wednesday, I spoke about encryption policies and, briefly, Nazis for the next episode of the Covert Contact podcast, which will appear very soon. If you haven’t done so, you can still listen to my first appearance, the episode about Australian Cyber Policy.
- My story about an Australian defence contractor’s data breach from a couple of weeks ago was picked up by a Ukrainian news site, and a site in Italian that I didn’t investigate further.
The Week Ahead
Monday will definitely be a jumbled day of editorial planning, research, story pitches, and administrivia. I’m glad I’ve already sketched out the rest of the week.
On Tuesday I’m heading to Sydney for a couple meetings, but I’ve got room for more. I’m also doing a radio spot on ABC Melbourne at 1930 AEDT.
Wednesday will be a day of writing, as will most of the rest of the week.
At some point, I’ll also announce a new crowdfunding campaign. It’s been more than a year since my last concentrated ask-for-money burst, and the gods know my budget needs it. But there’s been some changes in the crowdfunding landscape since then, so I don’t want to rush it. Stay tuned for details.
At this stage, I haven’t locked in anything specific for the rest of the calendar year. Please feel free to make some suggestions.