Weekly Wrap 465: Short week with cybers and jerkbirds

Monday 22 to Sunday 28 April 2019 was another short working week thanks to Easter Monday and Anzac Day, but it served as a launchpad for things to come — including some stupid podcast ideas.


Media Appearances

Podcasts, Corporate Largesse

None. But see below for some actual podcast plans.

The Week Ahead

A busy Monday kicks off a busy week. I’m interviewing Jonathan Lusthaus, author of Industry of Anonymity: Inside the Business of Cybercrime, and writing about it for ZDNet. I’m also doing some promotion for the podcasts to come.

I’m also doing some definitely-final edits to that paper I’ve been poking at for the last few months. I can now tell you that it’s for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC, and their new encryption policy working group with Princeton University. It aims to “advance a more constructive dialogue on encryption policy”. My paper is one of a batch to be published in mid-May.

Wednesday is a Sydney day. I’m covering a speech by Senator Penny Wong, Labor’s foreign affairs spokesperson, at the Lowy Institute, then writing about it. That’ll be followed by some social things.

Thursday and Friday are a mixed bag, though Friday will include some pre-production for Saturday night’s livestreamed reading of minor party election policies. That kicks off at 1900 AEST at stilgherrian.com/edict/live/ and on Spreaker apps, and runs for four goddam hours.

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Further Ahead

A new episode of The 9pm Edict podcast with Nicholas Fryer will be recorded on Thursday 9 May and posted by the following day.

The federal election is on Saturday 18 May, so I should probably organise something.

My intention to spend some time in Canberra and Melbourne “in the next few weeks” is still going nowhere, but I’m going to keep trying. If there’s any event I should be in either city for, please let me know.

And now, a very partial list of some of the year’s conferences and other events that I’m planning to attend. Please let me know if there’s anything I should add.

[Photo: Jerkbird Thief of Katoomba, a Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) who’s a regular on Katoomba Street, conning tourists out of their food. Photographed on 27 April 2019.]