My week of Monday 3 to Sunday 9 June 2019 was rather nice, and rather productive. More time exploring Brisbane, and four decent articles written for ZDNet, and not too much stress at all.
I’m really getting to like Brisbane. It’s changed a lot in recent years, and the small bar, restaurant, and craft beer scenes are slowly growing — all without the pretensions of Sydney. It’s worth a visit.
I also snuck in some work on a new SEKRIT project, another technology consultant role for a TV series, which may or may not come to anything. I’ll let you know if it does.
Actually I did have some gin. Quite a bit, in fact, because it was World Gin Day on Saturday.
- Is your cybersecurity training reaching the right people?, ZDNet Australia, 3 June 2019.
- A lesson in risk: Your business is a ship not an aircraft, ZDNet Australia, 4 June 2019.
- Huge scope of Australiaâ€™s new national security laws reveals itself, ZDNet Australia, 6 June 2019. This is a backgrounder and commentary on the law enabling the Australian Federal Police’s raid on the ABC this week.
- Human Services claimed people wouldnâ€™t pay debts if informed about its IT systems, ZDNet Australia, 7 June 2019. The department has been ordered to release four documents about the management of its controversial “robo-debt” system for recovering welfare over-payments. I’m looking forward to the documents themselves.
- On Friday I recorded an interview with ABC Illawarra about the persistent fears that Facebook is listening to you. It’ll be broadcast on the breakfast show next week some time.
- On Wednesday I had coffee at the InterContinental Sydney with Laith Alkhouri from Flashpoint, and the PR people paid for it.
The Week Ahead
Itâ€™s another busy one. Monday won’t be a holiday for me. I’ll be catching up on reading, research, and emailing potential interviewees. That will continue into Tuesday morning.
On Tuesday afternoon Iâ€™ll head down to Sydney for an event that evening, Why should the perfect robot look and think just like a human?. I’ll probably write about that on Wednesday morning.
On Wednesday afternoon I’m taking the train to Canberra for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) conference War in 2025. Obviously I’ll be writing about that along the way, and perhaps into the following week. I’ll stay in Canberra until Sunday, then grab the return train to Sydney that evening.
A new episode of The 9pm Edict podcast with Nicholas Fryer will be recorded on Friday 21 June and posted that night.
Beyond that, here’s a very partial list of some conferences and other events that I’m planning to attend. Please let me know if there’s anything I should add. Send airline tickets.
- Building the New Malaysia: From elation to frustration, Lowy Institute, Sydney, 19 June 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: Crossing the Brisbane River. The Brisbane CBD photographed while crossing the Brisbane River by train travelling to South Brisbane on 4 June 2019.]