I’m quite pleased with my week of Monday 15 to Sunday 21 June 2020. I wrote two articles, both of which were interesting. And I did four radio spots, two of which have had their audio posted here.
A social outing to Leura early in the week helped improve my mood, I’m sure of that, but I continue to be worried that we’re rolling back the COVID-19 lockdown way too soon. More cases down in Victoria have trigged that state’s decision to extend the state of emergency.
Meanwhile, the cops are still looking for that corpse, as described last week, for a corpse it must be by now.
On Friday a Police Rescue team arrived with a “cadaver dog” and a drone operator, and a few hours later POLAIR 25 was making very low searches over the valley. There’s a back story to all this, I’m sure.
And now a confession. I must admit that I screwed up my reading of Parliament’s plans last week. Let me explain, even though just three or four of you are interested in this.
The controversial Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020 is currently being examined by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) , which doesn’t report back until later this month.
And the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Amendment Bill 2020 has only just been sent out to PJCIS for review.
I should know all these things. Why on earth did I think there’d be any action this week?
- Does the world need a multilateral cyber hotline?, ZDNet, 15 June 2020. My first ZDNet story in a month. It felt good to squeeze it out. This was also published in French, Le monde a-t-il besoin d’une hotline de cyberassistance multilatÃ©rale ?.
- Scott Morrison cries â€˜Cyber wolf!â€™ to deniably blame China, ZDNet, 19 June 2020. Morrison’s press conference on Friday was little more than OMFG CYBERS, at least for the domestic audience.
- On Thursday I spoke about facial recognition technology on ABC Adelaide.
- On Friday I did a few radio spots about the story behind that second ZDNet article. In the morning I did ABC Melbourne and ABC Adelaide. I won’t post those. By the afternoon I’d learned more and written that article, so my conversation on ABC Adelaide was much better.
- I was quoted in dozens and dozens of Spanish-language publications in South America, including UltimaHora in Paraguay with headlines like FaceApp regresa con la opciÃ³n de cambio de gÃ©nero, pero riesgos son los mismos. Which is weird, because I made these comments in 2017.
- The story came back to English at Regard News, FaceApp: know the risks of using the photo editor.
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The Week Ahead
The isolation continues at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls, although on Monday I’m heading down to Sydney for a medical thing. I’ll still be filing a story for ZDNet that day, however, and another one on Wednesday.
On Thursday there’s another seminar with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), UN Cyber Negotiations â€” What they mean for Australian diplomacy.
Later in the week I’ll record another episode of The 9pm Edict podcast, probably on Saturday.
There’s still almost nothing scheduled for certain. Everything here is tentative.
- AusCERT 2020 Cyber Security Conference, online, 15â€“18 September 2020.
- Australian Cyber Conference, Melbourne, 27-29 October 2020 (TBC).
- Australian Cyber Conference, Canberra, 14â€“16 March 2021 (TBC).
[Photo: A diagram of the track layout at Wentworth Falls station in 1881, 1896, and 1902 from The Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin number 245, March 1958, as displayed at Laura station. Photographed on 15 June 2020.]