My week of Monday 10 to Sunday 16 August 2020 was less productive than the previous, but as you know there seems to be a regular tide in such matters. But my health is good, and that’s what counts these days. Oh, and it’s not a shag.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 533: A shag in the sunshine to end the week”
Ten weeks of COVID-19 lockdown. In the week of Monday 25 to Sunday 31 May 2020 we heard that some restrictions will be lifted in NSW, and the United States descended into chaos. This photo of Sydney Harbour Bridge is an attempt to cheer me up. It has failed.Continue reading “Weekly Wrap 522: And now America burns…”
Sydney is falling apart thanks to a major threat to our national security. But it’s not just Sydney under threat, and not even just Australia.Continue reading “The 9pm Ladybird Baby Formula Alligator Doom Watch”
- How government haste is ruining its own anti-encryption law, ZDNet Australia, 26 November 2018. Since this was written there have been development. On Friday, Labor announced that it would be demanding a delay.
- Autonomous cyber defences are the future: Richard Stiennon, ZDNet Australia, 29 November 2018.
I’ve also written nearly all of another ZDNet article, which is likely to appear on Monday.
Podcasts, Media Appearances
- On Tuesday, Cybereason’s briefing session was held at STUDIO at the top of Sydney Tower. There was good food and quite a lot of wine.
The Week Ahead
After a slow start, Monday is a writing day, as well as a day of administrivia for the first working day of the month.
On Tuesday I head down to Sydney for a medical appointment, to interview a cybersecurity executive, and to attend a Sydney Ideas evening lecture on White Fragility. I’ll stay in Sydney overnight so can work in Sydney on Wednesday.
I’ll head to Sydney again on Thursday morning, slightly earlier, for a dental appointment, some errands, the ever-dangerous annual Annual Communications & Internet Community Boat Cruise, and dinner with a friend. Once more I’ll stay in Sydney overnight, with Friday as a writing day of some sort.
The weekend is not yet planned.
Nicholas Fryer and I will be recording another joint episode of The 9pm Edict podcast on Thursday 22 December, and it should be posted that night.
[Photo: Looking across Sydney Harbour from Sydney Tower. The view to the north-east from Sydney Tower, with the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Base East in the mid-ground, and out towards Sydney Heads, photographed on 27 November 2018.]
- 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.]
I’m way behind schedule. This is the first of three Weekly Wraps that I need to power through today. So I’ll stick to the basic information, and maybe some photographs from previous years.
- On Thursday I spoke about a Victorian MP’s website being hacked on ABC Radio Melbourne.
- One of my photos, a pic of onesies for sale in Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets, has been used on a Japanese travel site.
- My photo Canberra, with Chemtrails was added to the Flickr gallery Australia under SRM attack!. This pleases me.
Articles, Podcasts, Corporate Largesse
[Photo: Sydney Harbour from the AMP Building, photographed on 3 February 2016.]