My week of Monday 11 to Sunday 17 February 2019 was the kind of week I should’ve been having last month â€” monitoring events, getting some research done, and actually writing things. 2019 is finally under way. I think.
To celebrate, I’m giving you a picture of a Gang-Gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum). This curious young male visited Bunjaree Cottages in 2012, but I hear they’re being seen elsewhere in the upper Blue Mountains lately.
- Duelling ghosts battle over encryption laws in a dying Parliament, ZDNet Australia, 15 February 2019. But if you’re not up to speed on Australia’s encryption laws, first read my detailed explainer from 6 December before tackling this one.
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- On Tuesday I spoke about Russia’s internet isolation drill on ABC Adelaide. I won’t be posting the recording, but here’s a Twitter thread with background reading.
The Week Ahead
On Monday I’ll be finishing a story about cyberwar for ZDNet while en route down to Sydney for a lunchtime briefing by CrowdStrike. It’s then all about journalistic research and writing through the rest of the week, mostly.
I didn’t finish all the work on the Skank Media / The 9pm Edict / Corrupted Nerds website, that I’d hoped to finish last week. But that will finally be done by the end of this week, along with the first of the best-of episodes.
If you want to support my endeavours before then, well, the revamped Edict subscriptions are now available, and you can always throw a few dollars into the tip jar.
On Thursday I’m going to the annual Sex Lecture by the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Sydney. “HIV social and behavioural research has been part and parcel of a visible transformation of local gay Asian men, their network formation and community building over the past two decades,” it says. I was fascinated by this sort of social research when I did HIV-related work in the 1990s, so I’m looking forward to this.
Schedule Change: Nick Fryer and I will now be recording the next joint episode of The 9pm Edict podcast on Thursday 28 February, and it will be posted that night,
I hope to spend some time in Canberra in the next few weeks, but I haven’t figured out any dates yet. If there’s any event I should be there for, please let me know.
I’m pencilling in some of the year’s conferences and other events. This is a very partial list. Please let me know if there’s anything I should add.
- Frontier cyberwars and whatâ€™s next: in-conversation with The New York Timesâ€™ David E Sanger, Sydney, 25 February 2019.
- AusCERT 2019, Gold Coast, 28â€“31 May 2019.
- Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, Sydney, 19â€“20 August 2019.
- Australian Cyber Conference 2019, Melbourne, 8â€“10 October 2019. The excellent Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference is now rolled into this event.
[Photo: Gang-Gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum), photographed on 14 March 2012.]