The week of Monday 7 to Sunday 13 October was spent in Melbourne, primarily covering the Australian Cyber Conference. Despite a lingering sore throat, I managed to squeeze out four stories for ZDNet and have a pleasant weekend. Excellent!
- Government interference in Australiaâ€™s premier cybersecurity conference is a worry, ZDNet, 9 October 2019.
- Schneier slams Australiaâ€™s encryption laws and CyberCon speaker bans, ZDNet, 9 October 2019.
- AI to â€˜fundamentally shiftâ€™ global balance of power, ZDNet, 10 October 2019. This is based on comments by Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Dr Tobias Feakin.
- â€˜Cyber social valueâ€™ could save lives from cyber incompetence: Report, ZDNet, 11 October 2019.
None, but in the coming week I’ll be making my podcast plans for the rest of the calendar year. Let me know if you have any preference for, say, Public House Forum panel shows over The 9pm Probe interviews, or whatever.
- On Tuesday I spoke about the technology and laws behind robot-SMS political messages on ABC Canberra. No recording.
- While covering the Australian Cyber Conference 2019 there was plenty of food and drink. I picked up a small amount of sponsor swag. Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC): Satchel; flat gadget combining a torch and a magnet for fetching things from under furniture I guess. CQR Consulting: Jelly beans, as a sugar fix. Lookout: A keyring torch.
- On Monday evening I went to the launch of Pure Security, the rebranded PS+C Group, at Eureka 89. There was food and drink, and a magnificent view.
The Week Ahead
I’ll be back in Sydney at the start of the week. Monday is about writing, laundry, and back repairs. On Tuesday I’m going to a lunchtime media briefing by Unisys
before returning to Wentworth Falls in the evening.
The rest of the week? I’ll figure that out as I go along.
Update 16 October 2019: It’s looking like I’ll be on Health Patrol duties in Sydney for the second half of a week at least.
Here’s what’s planned. Please let me know if there’s anything I should add. Send airline tickets.
- Cyber Security Hypothetical Panel, Canberra, 22 October 2019.
- NetThing, Sydney, 28 October 2019.
- iapp ANZ Summit 2019, Sydney, 29â€“30 October 2019 (TBC). That’s the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
- APNIC 49 / APRICOT 2020, Melbourne 18â€“21 February 2020.
[Photo: The View from Eureka 89. Eureka 89 is the restaurant and function venue atop Eureka Tower, currently the tallest building in Melbourne. Photographed on 7 October 2019.]