My week of Monday 3 to Sunday 9 August 2020 was podcast-heavy. I produced one of my own, and appeared on three others. I also went down the rabbit-hole of Australia’s new but somewhat disappointing Cyber Security Strategy.
I continue to be worried by the COVID-19 case numbers coming out of Victoria, but I don’t have anything new to say about that fear. Maybe in the next podcast. To cheer myself up a little I’ve used a photograph from a week ago.
- “The 9pm Economically Rational Sovereign Cognition Effect”, being The 9pm Edict episode 112 recorded on Monday.
- The disappointment of Australia’s new cybersecurity strategy, ZDNet, 6 August 2020. This seems to have struck a chord. I’m certainly quite happy with it.
- On Tuesday I inserted a segment about the COVIDSafe app into Well May We Say episode 134, Something Silly to Believe In. Here’s a direct link to the segment and the subsequent discussion.
- On Friday I was a guest on the Vertical Hold podcast. You can guess what I was talking about from the title, Google Pixel 4a v Samsung Note 20 v Huawei P40 Pro, Australia’s cybersecurity overhaul.
- Also on Friday (US time) I was the guest on Covert Contact, talking once more about Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy.
- I was almost on ABC Radio’s RN Breakfast on Friday too, but they went with someone else. Still, you can hear some of my influence in the questions if you listen to the program having skipped ahead 1h56m31s. But does this really count as a media appearance by me?
- The TimeGhost TV folks have posted a great little biography of George Orwell.
- The Netherlands Bach Society has a project on YouTube called All of Bach, which is what it say. I particularly enjoyed the look of organist Leo van Doeselaar in his performance of Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565.
- Since we’re going down a Baroque-hole, let’s remember one of the key people responsible for the revival of the harpsichord in the 20th century, Wanda Landowska. Her recording of Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonates pour clavecin is remarkable, at one point, for the background sound of French anti-aircraft artillery as the Germans advance on Paris.
The Week Ahead
Week 21 of the Quarantimes continue at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls, along with attempts to write for ZDNet. However I will be visiting Sydney later in the week.
On Wednesday lunchtime I’ll be the guest on EFA Talks for Electronic Frontiers Australia, on yet another conversation about the Cyber Security Strategy. That’ll be on Zoom and free to watch.
I’ll record another episode of The 9pm Edict on
Thursday or Saturday. I haven’t decided which yet. However I have finally got the domain the9pmedict.com online, although for the time being it just leads back to the existing pages on this site.
On Friday I’ll drop in to the United States Studies Centre (USCC) discussion The role of US innovation in securing Australia’s economic future. With luck I’ll get a ZDNet story out of it.
The following Wednesday lunchtime 19 August I’ll be the guest on EFA Talks for Electronic Frontiers Australia, on yet another conversation about the Cyber Security Strategy. That’ll be on Zoom and free to watch.
I’ve added a couple more things to the list!
- The trajectory of American politics, power and prestige: A conversation with Tom Friedman from the United States Study Centre, online, 19 August 2020.
- Book launch, Spy vs Spy: The New Age of Espionage, online, 19 August 2020.
- 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 view from the Australian Maritime Museum across Darling Harbour to Barangaroo. Photographed on 1 August 2020.]