My week of Monday 1 to Sunday 7 February 2021 was exactly as described in the headline, plus some rainy weather — but not as rainy as some previous weeks.
And just like last week, I’ve chosen an international photograph from the Beforetimes because I’m getting nostalgic.
- Announcing “The 9pm Autumn Series 2021” and much more, a brief promo for my latest Pozible crowdfunding campaign. Please pledge your support before 18 February for another series of The 9pm Edict with special guests in March and April.
- Why an all-Australian public search engine is a ridiculous idea, ZDNet, 4 February 2021. Yes, the Australian Greens called on the Morrison government to look into creating a publicly funded search engine for Australians. Some people have read this piece as saying search engines should always be in private hands, or that Google should retain its market dominance. No, I just think the Australian government simply isn’t up to the task.
- Last week’s ZDNet article Predictive policing is just racist 21st century cyber-phrenology is now available in Japanese at CNET Japan as AIによる犯罪予測は人種差別的な「サイバー骨相学」にすぎない.
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- One of my photos of Parliament House, Canberra, was used to illustrate a story in Green Left Weekly, The business of buying parties.
Videos, Corporate Largesse
- When will you get the COVID-19 vaccine?, a handy guide from ABC News to tell Australians which of the five priority bands you’re in.
- A 26-Story History of San Francisco. As The Atlantic notes, “What Yelp’s new headquarters, the recently renovated landmark 140 New Montgomery, could teach the city’s tech scene”.
- Fact Check: Does an FBI Report on the Capitol Riot Contain a Photo of a Naked Man? Yes, as Newsweek here confirms, FBI Special Agent Emily Eckert included a doctored photo in her Statement of Facts filing. Clearly she didn’t look closely enough, and must feel a right goose.
- Israeli Jewish Antifa hacks KKK website, doxxes members, a story from The Jerusalem Post which is as much fun as the headline suggests.
The Week Ahead
Week 47 of my Quarantimes continues at Bunjaree Cottages at Wentworth Falls, and I’m hoping to get a bunch of writing done.
On Tuesday I’ll check out the Launch of the Quad Tech Network (QTN), “an Australian Government initiative to promote regional research and public dialogue on cyber and critical technology issues”.
Friday night is Lunar New Year, although I don’t have any plans at this stage.
The following week, The 8pm Quiz Series Two kicks off at 8pm AEDT on Thursday evening. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss out.
Also in the calendar:
- Mimecast Connect 2021, online, 25 February 2021.
- APRICOT 2021 / APNIC 51, online, 1–4 March 2010.
- Australian Cyber Conference, Canberra, 14–16 March 2021 (TBC).
- AusCERT 2021, Gold Coast and online, 11–13 May 2021 (TBC).
[Photo: A view over San Francisco from 13 February 2017. I’m sure I’ll get to back there one day, whenever the Aftertimes begin. ]