The week of Monday 1 to Sunday 7 July 2019 was both productive and entertaining. Three stories written, an audiobook listened to, and a jerkbird spoken about.
I haven’t been an audiobook listener until now. But John Birmingham’s people threw me a review copy of Zero Day Code, which is exclusive to Audible. Not only is it a great book, narrated by the excellent Rupert Degas, but I found it easier to focus on the spoken work than the written. Check it out. The first chapter is free on SoundCloud.
See below for the jerkbird.
- Morrison sells Australia’s terrorism video streaming plan to the G20, ZDNet Australia, 1 July 2019. Just as Australia led the push for anti-encryption laws, it’s now leading the push for law to help block the streaming of terrorism-related videos.
- Lack of focus on security of Australia’s critical infrastructure: ASPI, ZDNet Australia, 2 July 2019.
- NZ finally updates its cybersecurity strategy, so where’s Australia’s?, ZDNet Australia, 3 July 2019. Australia’s has stagnated for two years.
- My tweets about a sulphur-crested cockatoo in Katoomba that had torn up anti-bird spikes, and some of my photos of that bird, were used in news stories at The Guardian and The Independent. I was also quoted at Junkee, MEAWW (Media Entertainment Arts WorldWide), eju! (“Una cacatúa inconformista arranca púas antiaves y las arroja a los peatones”), tekk.tv (“Verärgerter Kakadu zerstört die Vogelschutzstacheln des Einkaufszentrums im Viral Clip”), RT en Español (“Una cacatúa inconformista arranca púas antiaves y las arroja a los peatones”), and many others. I particularly like the headline in Colombian news site Noticias Caracol, ¡Cacatúa revolucionaria!. It’s the same bird as I photographed in April.
- Some more of my tweets were used in a story titled Doslej so bile nepremagljive, a nič več: Kitajska preizkusila novo raketo, »uničevalko letalonosilk« at Slovenian news site Insajder.com. That’s about China firing an anti-shipping missile in the South China Sea.
- One of my food photos was used in the food blog Eating the World for their post Australian Food Adventures.
Podcasts, Corporate Largesse
The Week Ahead
Thursday is a Sydney day with more errands, and meetings in North Sydney and Balmain in the afternoon. Apart from that, there will be research and writing, but I’ll schedule that day by day.
I may even record a quick episode of The 9pm Edict, but no promises.
A new episode of The 9pm Edict podcast with Nicholas Fryer will be recorded on Thursday 18 July and posted that night.
Apart from that, here’s a very partial list of some events that I’m planning to attend. Please let me know if there’s anything I should add. Send airline tickets.
- Hugh White: How to defend Australia, Lowy Institute, Sydney, 16 July 2019.
- Mapping power in Asia, the launch of the 2019 Lowy Institute Asia Power Index, Sydney, 23 July 2019.
- Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, Sydney, 19–20 August 2019.
- APNIC 48, Chiang Mai, 9–11 September 2019. I’ll start in Bangkok a few days beforehand, though, and get the train up to Chiang Mai to see a bit of the countryside.
- Australian Cyber Conference 2019, Melbourne, 8–10 October 2019. The excellent Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Conference is now rolled into this event.