I watched a lot of material in the week of Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November 2020 but none of it led to any writing. It’s a good thing I had some ZDNet videos in the can, and that long livestreamed podcast on Saturday. Also, it rained a lot.
- “The 9pm Halloween Bad Sex State Election Live'”, being the final edited version of that insane 4-hour livestream.
There was also a promo for it, which is now irrelevant: How to listen to “The 9pm Halloween Bad Sex State Election Live” and any future livestreams.
Here’s the rest of those ZDNet videos:
- Singapore’s worst-ever data breach prompted the nation to bolster its cyber defences, ZDNet, 26 October 2020.
- Vietnam’s cyber risks make it a mixed bag, ZDNet, 26 October 2020.
- APT groups aren’t all from Russia, China, and North Korea, ZDNet, 28 October 2020.
None, but I did generate a long Twitter thread that might be of some interest.
- An analysis of the final report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) review of Australia’s mandatory data retention regime.
- Bizarrely, my 2013 photo of a Nokia Lumia 925 Windows Phone was used to illustrate the article Das sind die zuverlässigsten Smartphones – Analytiker at the German version of Sputnik, a Russian state news site. The article is actually about how Nokia’s latest models running Android 10 are winning in terms of workmanship and material.
None. There hasn’t been any for months.
- The Donald J Trump Presidential Library, a magnificent satire.
- Tony Lin says he’s obsessed with Taiwan’s “down-to-earth” Halloween party, where you only dress up as normal people in everyday situations. The thread begins with “the woman looking for a seat at food court.
- Here’s another one, from Japan where the tradition originated.
- From @OzKitch, a fascinating thread of over-the-top development proposals for Melbourne that never went ahead.
- And finally, something for programmers: Falsehoods programmers believe about time zones.
The Week Ahead
[Update 3 November 2020: This section has been slightly rearranged.]
This week I’ll finish the update to my 2019 Carnegie Endowment paper, The Encryption Debate in Australia
On Tuesday I return to Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls for week 33 of the Quarantimes.
Also on Tuesday, I pencilled in UTS:ACRI Webinar: China’s grand strategy and Australia’s future in the new global order – in conversation with Geoff Raby, but I don’t think I’ll be able to watch it live. Nope, missed it.
Wednesday is of course when we Australians get to watch the US have its Election Tuesday, so I’ll be watching whatever happens in the immediate aftermath of the results becoming available.
On Friday I’ll drop into a US Studies Centre panel, Jeff Bleich, former US Ambassador to Australia and Chelsey Martin, former Australian Consul-General in Los Angeles.
Also on Friday I’ll record a podcast with the wonderful John Birmingham, which will be posted as soon as humanly possible afterwards.
- 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.
- TimeGhostTV Pearl Harbor Minute-by-Minute, online, 8 December 2020. This six-hour livestream starts at 3am AEDT in my part of the world, but I’ll definitely be watching it.
- Linux.conf.au 2021, online, 23–25 January 2021 (TBC).
- Australian Cyber Conference, Canberra, 14–16 March 2021 (TBC).
[Photo: Some of the apartment buildings in Sydney’s Thaitown, photographed from Pitt Street, on 1 November 2020.]