Monday 6 to Sunday 12 January 2020 was even quieter than I predicted last week. The bushfires continued, affecting my plans for Friday and Saturday but fortunately not having a real effect. And a ZDNet story brought me to the attention of The Australian.
- Twitter bots and trolls promote conspiracy theories about Australian bushfires, ZDNet, 7 January 2020.
- On Friday, the “Cut and Paste” column in The Australian, which some of us call “The Butthurt Column” because it’s often just whinging about media that’s at odds with their political agenda, responded to my ZDNet story. It’s headlined Arson about on Twitter, where hazard reduction means torching inconvenient facts, and I’m finding it so funny I’ve included a picture below.
Podcasts, Corporate Largesse
The Week Ahead
I’ll be cat-sitting in Sydney for the bulk of the week. While I’m doing that, I’ll also be writing for ZDNet and producing an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast, but exactly which things will be done on which days remains to be seen.
A few events have been locked in. Please let me know if there’s anything I should add. Send airline tickets if it’s outside the Sydney region.
- The 9pm Edict podcast with Nicholas Fryer, 23 January 2020.
- The year ahead, Lowy Institute, Sydney, 29 January 2020.
- Australia-China relations: The state of play, Australia-China Relations Institute, University of Technology Sydney, 29 January 2020.
- APNIC 49 / APRICOT 2020, Melbourne, 18–21 February 2020.
- Cat-sitting, Sydney, 6–15 March 2020.
- Ethics of data science conference 2020, Sydney, 25–27 March 2020.
- AusCERT 2020 Cyber Security Conference, Gold Coast, 2–5 June 2020 (TBC).
[Photo: K-Set in the mists at Wentworth Falls. An 8-car NSW TrainLink V-Set train pulls into Wentworth Falls station on 11 January 2020. The mists were a welcome change from the potentially dangerous bushfire conditions overnight, but they still smelled of smoke.]