My week Monday 25 to Sunday 31 March 2019 was remarkably productive, all things considered. I am pleased.
- Australian cyber spooks hacked Islamic State comms before major battle, ZDNet Australia, 27 March 2019. This is based on the speech and Q&A by the director-general of the Australian Signals Directorate, Mike Burgess, at the Lowy Institute.
- AI improves CommBank’s customer engagement up to 400 percent, ZDNet Australia, 29 March 2019.
- Data science, ethics, and the ‘massive scumbags’ problem, ZDNet Australia, 29 March 2019.
- On Saturday, I spoke about the smart bench in Mullaloo, Western Australia, on ABC Perth. I won’t be posting a recording.
- On Wednesday, there was a light lunch and fruit juice at the Lowy Institute.
- Wednesday through Friday there was food and drink at the University of Sydney’s Ethics in Data Science conference,
The Week Ahead
Monday through Thursday will be a mix of research, writing and other tasks. It’ll probably be quite busy. The Australian government will be announcing its pre-election budget on Tuesday night, and it’s bound to be full of pork to write about. And I have to re-edit that paper I wrote for an as-yet-unnamed American organisation because I’ve finally got the comments back from the peer reviewers.
On Friday I’ll be heading down to Sydney quite early for the recording of someone’s pilot podcast. I’ll hang around in Sydney for the rest of the day. Update 4 April 2019: No I won’t.
My intention to spend some time in Canberra and Melbourne “in the next few weeks” has come to nought, but I’m going to keep trying. 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.
- AusCERT 2019, Gold Coast, 28–31 May 2019.
- The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) conference War in 2025, Canberra, 12–14 June 2019 (TBC).
- Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, Sydney, 19–20 August 2019.
- Australian Cyber Conference 2019, Melbourne, 8–10 October 2019. The excellent Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference is now rolled into this event.
[Photo: Roast Lamb, being the Sunday Roast at the Alexandra Hotel in Leura, but I was having it on Monday 25 March 2019.]