The week of Monday 22 to Sunday 28 June 2020 saw me pass the 100-day mark in my Quarantimes. Some COVID-19 restrictions have started to be lifted in NSW, but I still think it’s too early, in my totally not an expert opinion. We shall see. Meanwhile, The America is fucked.
I’m going to explore these issues more in my next podcast. Stay tuned. But I will say now is that I’m starting to explore some new parts of the world while trying to ignore the depression of the Quarantimes. See the recommendations below.
- Victoria Police emails reveal Clearview AI’s dodgy direct marketing, ZDNet, 22 June 2020. This is a story I think we should all pay more attention to.
- On Tuesday I was cited in a paper by the United States Study Centre, Bolstering resilience in the Indo-Pacific: Policy options for AUSMIN after COVID-19. The piece in question was Blaming Russia for NotPetya was coordinated diplomatic action (12 April 2018).
- I was also cited in Monique Mann’s article at the University of California Press, Technological Politics of Automated Welfare Surveillance: Social (and Data) Justice through Critical Qualitative Inquiry.
Podcasts, Corporate Largesse
This is a new section of the Weekly Wrap. I thought I’d make it slightly less about me and slightly more about what I’m discovering in the world. So each week I’ll recommend some things you might like to have a look at. Please let me know if you find these of interest.
- As per the header image, Seoul Community Radio. Totally turntable oriented, which means it’s music from when I was cool in the early 1990s, plus its contemporary equivalents. Live every night 1800–midnight KST, plus previous DJ sets on YouTube and on their website. Do please check them out.
- I discovered these Korean DJs through Radio Garden. There’s quite a few sites that deliver the world of streaming radio, but Radio Garden’s interface of a globe that you spin to find things to listen to is wonderful. Do go play.
- The @TimeGhostTV three-parter on pandemics is very worth watching, if you have an hour to spare. The episodes are “Pandemics Economically Worse than War”, “Black Death Mystery Solved — Not Bubonic Plague”, and “Black Death and the Failure of Pandemic Lockdowns”. I follow these guys for their excellent history documentaries, and I’ll definitely tell you more about them in the coming weeks.
- Subscribe to John Birmingham’s Alien Sideboob. Just do it.
The Week Ahead
The isolation continues at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls. With an immunocompromised person living just metres away, I’m still restricting my excursions to the bare essentials.
I suspect this week will be a bit thin in terms of journalism, because the new financial year starts on Wednesday. Organisations tend to be introspective at this time. That said, I have two ZDNet stories in the writing queue already.
On Tuesday morning I’ll be diving into the livestream of A conversation with author David Kilcullen at the United States Study Centre. You should too. He’s a remarkably sharp thinker about military strategy and counterinsurgency, and will be talking about why he believes “the risk of organised, civil violence in the United States in 2020 is far more widespread and potentially more dangerous than commonly thought”.
On Thursday I’ll record another episode of The 9pm Edict podcast.
The rest of the week I’ll play by ear. The Eden-Monaro by-election is on Saturday, so there should be some amusing politics on Saturday night. Just for a bit of fun.
Shall we laugh at tyhese tentavive bookings?
- AusCERT 2020 Cyber Security Conference, online, 15–18 September 2020.
- Australian Cyber Conference, Melbourne, 27-29 October 2020 (TBC).
- Australian Cyber Conference, Canberra, 14–16 March 2021 (TBC).
[Photo: A random screenshot of Seoul Community Radio from 28 June 2020. I don’t know the DJ’s name. Update 5 July 2020: The DJ in the photo is actually Indonesian, either Defashah (Batavia Strut) or Abice, playing in this set.]