It’s the last day of spring so it’s time for the final episode of the Edict‘s Spring Series. Our special guest is the marvellous Alex Lee, TV writer, actor, comedian,Â Dragon Friend, and creator of comedy on SBS TV’s The Feed.Continue reading “The 9pm Dark Comedy Defamation Dungeon with Alex Lee”
Weekly Wrap 338: A triple cyber and a long walk
My week of Monday 14 to Sunday 20 November 2016 was less productive than I’d hoped, but hey that seems to be the theme, right?
I have, however, started doing some of the things that my doctor recommended a couple of months back. Starting an exercise regime with some walking, for instance, and a few things that’ll help reduce my stress and anxiety levels.
- Suppose they started a cyber war and no-one knew, SBS TV, 14 November 2016. This is my first commission from SBS, and it was well received.
- Beyond cyber espionage lies cyber sabotage and cyber disinformation, ZDNet Australia, 17 November 2016. I’m overjoyed to have squeezed three instances of the word “cyber” into the headline. Perhaps a little too overjoyed.
Podcasts, Media Appearances
- On Wednesday I covered the Fortinet Security 361Â° Symposium at the Hilton Hotel Sydney. There was food and drink.
[Photo: Smith’s Hall, Rozelle, photographed 20 November 2016. All I know about this building is that it was built in 1908 and it’s in the inner west Sydney suburb of Rozelle.]
The 9pm I can’t believe it’s not January
This episode of The 9pm Edict is important. Every single piece of information is vital to our national security. You must help protect our way of life. Listen closely, and observe all safety precautions.
It’s so long since the last episode, we’ve already celebrated the birthday of gentle Baby Jesus. It’s a brand new year, but we’ve got the same old Crusader Rabbit as Prime Minister.
In this podcast there’s talk of terrorism, broadband, Space Lizards, the Brandis Ham, and much more.Continue reading “The 9pm I can’t believe it’s not January”
Talking Heartbleed and the hacker on SBS2’s The Feed
The Heartbleed saga continued throughout last week. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested a 19-year-old who’d allegedly used the vulnerability to exfiltrate date from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) — and that prompted my first appearance on SBS2’s The Feed.
I ended up meeting the SBS cameraman in the pedestrian laneway behind the ABC in Ultimo — that’s the building in the background — talking to presenter Andy Park via a smartphone held in the cameraman’s hand. This is how such things are done. It’s the magic of television.
Here’s the full three-minute story. There’s no supers, so I need to tell you that the other speaker is David Vaile from the University of New South Wales’ Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre.
Continue reading “Talking Heartbleed and the hacker on SBS2’s The Feed”
Weekly Wrap 99: Perth, privacy and poor photographs
My week from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 April 2012 covered the entire continent from Sydney to Perth and (at least later today) back again.
That’s Perth in the photo, with the Swan River just visible between the apartment buildings of East Perth. The photo was taken with my bashed-up HTC Desire phone and processed through Instagram.
Heck, if Zuckerberg reckons it’s worth a billion dollars I might as well have a look, right?
I’ll comment on Instagram itself later, and figure out a better way to integrate the photos into this website. Meanwhile, here’s a gallery of my Instagram photos, updated automatically.
And now on with the show…
- Patch Monday episode 135, “iiNet wards off AFACT, but what next?” A summary of the High Court’s decision in Roadshow Films and others versus iiNet Limited, the initial reactions, and a wide-ranging discussion with Dr Rebecca Giblin, a copyright academic and geek from Monash University’s law school, who literally wrote the book on this subject: Code Wars: 10 Years of P2P Software Litigation. Keywords for the other things we mention are SOPA/PIPA, peer-to-peer production,
- Blockbuster trial for a movie and TV industry in decline, ABC Drum Opinion, 23 April 2012.
- Security concerns over Australia’s e-health records, CSO Online, 23 April 2012.
- On Wednesday I was interviewed about the cash for tweets demi-scandal by Adelaide newspaper The Advertiser and their website AdelaideNow. The cash for what? Well, ABC TV’s Media Watch covered it on Monday night. Basically the South Australian Department of Tourism paid “celebrities” $750 to tweet about Kangaroo Island — but the tweets weren’t disclosed as advertising.
- On Thursday I was interviewed by SBS News for the story Wi-Fi networks ‘too hackable’. Quotes from this article appeared in Your WiFi Used In Their Crimes at smarthouse.com.au, where I was billed as a “tech blogger”.
- On Friday I presented at the DigitalMe event in Perth. I’ll link to the video as soon as that’s posted. Meanwhile here’s Sara Culverhouse’s summary.
- Also on Friday I was interviewed on ABC 720 Perth about that DigitalMe presentation. Thanks to Perth’s endemic taxi shortage I ended up walking briskly to the ABC studios — but not briskly enough. I did the interview via phone from the street. That meant I couldn’t record it.
- And still on Friday I spoke about the Optus TV Now appeal on ABC Local Radio sort-of-nationally with Dom Knight, as well as some of the stuff I covered at DigitalMe.
- I wasn’t paid to present at DigitalMe, they did cover travel from Sydney to Perth and one night’s accommodation at Aarons Hotel including breakfast. Wine by Brad provided booze for the welcome drinks, as well as a bottle to take home. Food was supplied by Sorrento Restaurant, Northbridge.
The Week Ahead
A busy week of writing lies ahead, including a story for CSO Online and my presentation for the Saasu Cloud Conference the following week. I’ll also continue work on the feature story I’m writing for ZDNet Australia
I believe I’ll be back in Wentworth Falls for most of the week, but this could change at short notice. The Dopplr widget on the left-hand side of every page of my website is usually updated within an hour of plans changing, so always check there first — but bear in mind it has odd ideas of what day it is.
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 (or they used to before my phone camera got a bit too scratched up). The photos also appear on Flickr, where I eventually add geolocation data and tags.
Weekly Wrap 60: Media whoredom continues
A weekly summary of what I’ve been doing elsewhere on the internets. It was another massive week of writing this week, including a trip to Melbourne.
- Patch Monday episode 98, “Games, crime, porn and Facebook (laws)” A long chat with Peter Black, lecturer in media and internet law at Queensland University of Technology about R10+ computer games, a legislated right to privacy, the spread of “voluntary” internet filtering against the Interpol blacklist, laws relating to cybercrime, and calls to bring Facebook under control. It was recorded at the Hotel Gearin in Katoomba.
- Politics of NBN pricing: comparing potatoes and pomegranates, Crikey, 25 July 2011.
- Poll-driven knee-jerk reactions: the latest political craze, ABC Drum Opinion, 25 July 2011.
- Cyber Storm III security exercise key findings released, CSO, 25 July 2011.
- The keyboard is dead, Technology Spectator, 26 July 2011.
- Skills shortage risks NBN benefits: NetApp, ZDNet Australia, 27 July 2011.
- Media’s internet cluelessness is unacceptable and they will die, Crikey, 28 July 2011.
- ‘Impossible’ new wireless tech an NBN-killer? Not quite, not yet, Crikey, 29 July 2011.
These next few articles are all from the IBM Pulse 11 event in Melbourne. As the disclosure below points out, I travelled to this event as IBM’s guest.
- IBM pushes Tivoli for cows and guns, ZDNet Australia, 27 July 2011. I’m particularly pleased with this headline, which is a reference to the Dana Lyons song, Cows with Guns.
- IBM tech intercepts packets to control apps, ZDNet Australia, 28 July 2011.
- Telstra GOC saves $1.5m with single sign-on, ZDNet Australia, 28 July 2011.
- IBM halves Woolworths maintenance calls, ZDNet Australia, 28 July 2011.
- On Wednesday I was on ABC Triple’s national current affairs program Hack talking about LulzSec and Anonymous calling for a boycott of PayPal.
- Also on Wednesday, I was interviewed by ABC Radio’s PM program on the hack of a wholesale internet service provider that was widely reported as a hack of the National Broadband Network.
- On Friday I was interviewed by SBS TV’s World News about the the UK High Court decision to order the country’s largest internet service provider BT to block access to a website that provides links to pirated movies.
- Over at my business Prussia.Net we launched the new Australian website for Guild Guitars. It’s built in WordPress.
- On Tuesday I attended a briefing for media and analysts at Bilson’s Restaurant in Sydney where NetApp paid for the food and drink.
- On Wednesday and Thursday I attended IBM’s Pulse 2011 event in Melbourne as IBM’s guest. They paid for airfares, taxis, accommodation and various meals.
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: Skyscrapers ay Circular Quay, Sydney, photographed from the Sydney Harbour Bridge on 29 July 2011.]