Monday 12 to Sunday 18 October 2020 was a good week. I wrote an interesting article. We made some videos for ZDNet that will appear very soon. And most significantly, I launched a crowdfunding campaign that I hope will help me make it through November and December.
Also, with the spring weather warming up, cicadas have begun to deafen us all in the Blue Mountains. I clocked them at 80dB just outside my door the other day. It’s not so much the overall volume, though, but that fact that it’s an annoying 4 to 4.2kHz or so, and it goes for hours without a break.
- “Announcing ‘The 9pm End of Spring Series 2020′”, being a promo for the Pozible crowdfunding campaign of the same name. You have until Thursday 29 October 2020 to pledge your support for five more podcasts with special guests, and “The 9pm Halloween Bad Sex State Election Live”.
The Spring Series 2020 seems to have gone down very well. Thank you for your kind words. But I did it on spec, so with less work for ZDNet these last few months it means my revenue has been a bit below where it need to be.
This would be the perfect time to pledge your support.
- Dutton pushes against encryption yet again but oversight at home is slow, ZDNet, 12 October 2020.
Media Appearances, Corporate Largesse
- Eastern Bloc Architecture: 50 Buildings that Defined an Era. I really do love Soviet architecture.
- The record-breaking jet which still haunts a country, a solid feature on Canada’s remarkable but unfinished jet fighter project, the Avro Arrow.
- An informative and quite cool animation, Selected solar system objects to scale in size, rotation speed and axial tilt.
- A thread of medieval paintings of animals that look nothing like real animals because the artist had never seen them.
The Week Ahead
It’s week 31 of the Quarantimes at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls. It’s also the first week of Senate Estimates, where the federal Budget is dissected, so I’m hoping that’ll produce something of interest.
On Monday I’ll be writing something for ZDNet, and the writing will continue through the week. I’ll also work on the update to my 2019 Carnegie Endowment paper, The Encryption Debate in Australia.
Wednesday through Friday is also HackerOne’s Security@2020 conference. I’ll try to watch some of the more interesting sessions.
On Thursday there’s something that’ll definitely be of value, a panel titled Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy In-Focus from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
- Australian Cyber Week 2020, 26–30 October 2020. Only a couple of events are catching my eye at this stage, though that may change.
- UTS:ACRI Webinar: China’s grand strategy and Australia’s future in the new global order – in conversation with Geoff Raby, online, 3 November 2020.
- Risk and Cyber Week, AISA and RMIA, online, 9–13 November 2020 (TBC).
- Trolling in Chinese and English – Research Findings, Information Innovation @ UTS, online, 27 November 2020.
- Linux.conf.au 2021, online, 23–25 January 2021 (TBC).
- Australian Cyber Conference, Canberra, 14–16 March 2021 (TBC).
[Photo: The view across Hyde Park and Wooloomooloo to Darlinghurst and Potts Point from Elizabeth Street, Sydney, photographed on 15 October 2020.]