Weekly Wrap 545: Post-turtle moth with some encryption

Monday 2 to Sunday 8 November 2020 was one of the strangest months in my life, not because of what I did but because of what went down in America.

I’ve said almost everything I’ve wanted to say about the Trump defeat in the podcast and on Twitter, so I won’t repeat that here. What I will say, though, is that my thoughts will continue to evolve over the coming weeks, because the story isn’t over until the fat man, etc. Expect more commentary.

As for everything else, finally filing that paper after having succeeded in the Pozible campaign was a huge stress reduction. I hadn’t realised how much it was affecting me.

Anyway, on with business…


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None, but I finally filed the first draft of the update to my 2019 Carnegie Endowment paper, The Encryption Debate in Australia. It still has to go through peer review and redrafting, so it won’t be out until mid-January.

Media Appearances

Corporate Largesse

None. It’s been so long I can hardly even remember what it’s like to scoff five-star food on someone else’s expense account.


The Week Ahead

It’s week 34 of the Quarantimes at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls. It’s also Risk and Cyber Week from AISA and RMIA, though I don’t know how much of that I’ll be enjoying. They haven’t gotten back to me about a media pass.

On Thursday evening I’ll record a podcast with Cam Smith aka @sexenheimer. It’s part of the End of Spring Series 2020 and it’ll contain quite a bit about conspiracy theories. The finished product will appear on Friday.

I’m also recording a podcast with Upulie Divisekera at some point, but that one will appear next week.

Ah yeah, Wednesday is Remembrance Day. This year has gone so quickly.

Further Ahead

[Photo: A moth at Bunjaree Cottages photographed through a wine glass while sitting on a 5mm grid — the moth not me — on 8 November 2020. I haven’t identified the species yet.]