The week of Monday 17 to Sunday 23 February 2020 was spent in Melbourne working hard, despite a lingering lurgi that was not COVID-19.
Both these stories came from a public hearing by the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM).
- Watchdog ponders tougher independent oversight for Australia’s encryption laws, ZDNet, 20 February 2020.
- Home Affairs pushes back against encryption law proposals, ZDNet, 21 February 2020
I started on some stories from the APRICOT / APNIC 49 conference, as well as another feature for ZDNet, and they’ll be finished and published early in the coming week.
- My photos of that damn sulphur-crested cockatoo in Katoomba and some of my tweets were used in the Awesome Inventions article Rebellious Cockatoo Rips Down Anti-Bird Spikes And Throws Them On The Floor. It’s undated but Google says it was posted this week, even though it happened in July 2019.
- My attendance at APRICOT / APNIC 49 was paid for by APNIC. Flights from Sydney to Melbourne and return, five nights at the Crown Promenade Hotel, plenty of meals, and of course a conference t-shirt.
The Week Ahead
On Monday, once I’ve filed a couple of things for ZDNet, I’m recording an episode of The 9pm Edict podcast with Fiona Patten MLC, leader of Reason, formerly the Sex Party. She’s been on the podcast before. The finished podcast will be posted before the end of the week.
I fly back to Sydney on Tuesday evening. Then on Wednesday I have some appointments in Sydney before finally returning to Wentworth Falls that evening.
On Saturday I’ll be down in Sydney again, going to Jonathan Pie’s 2020 Fake News Tour at the Enmore Theatre that night.
As you can see, I’ve started to add in quite a few public seminars and the like. Eventually I’ll add in some podcasts and such.
- Leadership for good: combating viral panic, misinformation and racism, Sydney, 2 March 2020.
- What are the right encryption laws for Australia?, Lowy Institute, Sydney, 5 March 2020.
- Cat-sitting, Sydney, 6–15 March 2020.
- Book launch: Contest for the Indo-Pacific: Why China won’t map the future, by Rory Medcalf, Lowy Institute, Sydney, 10 March 2020.
- Indonesia: A tough road ahead, Lowy Institute, Sydney, 16 March 2020.
- Australia’s place in the world: a conversation with rising politicians Peter Khalil and Dave Sharma, Lowy Institute, Sydney, 17 March 2020.
- Ethics of data science conference 2020, Sydney, 25–27 March 2020.
- Australian Cyber Conference, Canberra, 6–7 May 2020 (TBC).
- AusCERT 2020 Cyber Security Conference, Gold Coast, 2–5 June 2020 (TBC).
- Australian Cyber Conference, Melbourne, 27-29 October 2020 (TBC).
Please let me know if there’s anything I should add. Send airline tickets if it’s outside the Sydney region, yeah?
[Photo: Flinders Street Station for China. Melbourne’s iconic Flinders Street Station was lit up red and gold, the colours of the Chinese flag, on 21 February 2020 “as part of a campaign to show solidarity with Chinese Victorians” facing racism because of coronavirus fears. Chinese flag colours to light up Melbourne as Andrews orders China trip, reported The Age earlier in the week.]