My week of Monday 28 March to Sunday 3 April 2022 was remarkably productive, at least towards the end. A podcast, a news story, some editorial consulting, and even some progress on the geekery. There was even sunshine on Sunday!
I can’t tell you about the consulting or the geekery, so let’s just list the usual stuff.
- The 9pm Fake Furry Dollop of Content Moderation with evelyn douek, the first special guest episode of the autumn series. This was recorded and posted on Friday and it was a lot of fun.
- Australia’s SkyGuardian drones shot down by spicy cybers, ZDNet, 1 April 2022. This is my first written story in nearly two months! I think there will be more this month.
- Not an article as such, but on Tuesday I tweeted a thread about the Budget (archive).
- Update 4 April 2022: I forgot to mention that I’ve extended the deadline yet again for A challenge: Where is the Hill of Dead Pets?. The reveal will now be on Saturday 30 April 2022 at 8pm AEST, and it will not be extended past that. Give it a go. It’s easier than you think.
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- My 2018 ZDNet story Blaming Russia for NotPetya was Coordinated Diplomatic Action was cited in the Carnegie Endowment paper Managing US-China Tensions Over Public Cyber Attribution.
- The photos in the Waratah sequence 2021 now span 215 days. Progress continues to be very slow. Is that down to La Niña?
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- Another great Lawfare podcast this week, Thomas Rid on Ukraine and Cyberwar, which riffs off his essay Why You Haven’t Heard About the Secret Cyberwar in Ukraine.
- From Australian Geographic, Stunning breakthrough: the platypus and echidnas came from the South Pole.
- I’ve always enjoyed the long-running BBC TV panel show Have I Got News for You. I was reminded this week of the episode in 2012 hosted by William Shatner, who didn’t know the show, didn’t know the panellists, and didn’t know the news stories. Lots of fun. By comparison, check out this week’s episode.
- “Comedy Central’s East Mode with Nigel Ng [who you may know for his character Uncle Roger] is the mischievous new sketch show created by and starring Nigel Ng and Evelyn Mok.” I like both these performers. Not all of the episodes live up to the production values, but it’s worth watching.
- If you know the film The King’s Speech then you may enjoy Harry and Paul’s brief remake.
The Week Ahead
The usual main themes continue: the SEKRIT geek-work that I’m plodding through, some editorial consulting, and possibly some writing for ZDNet.
On Wednesday morning I’m recording another special guest episode in the Edict‘s autumn series with journalist Greg Muller, producer of the podcast series Motherlode about the early Melbourne hacking scene and the emergence of a certain Julian Assange.
If you’re a supporter with TRIGGER WORDS or a CONVERSATION TOPIC to insert into this episode, I’ll need them by 6pm AEST this Tuesday 5 April. The finished episode will be posted on Friday.
Later on Wednesday I’ll try to catch the seminar Fighters, Mercenaries, Humanitarians, or Extremist Criminals? from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).
[Update 5 April 2022: The weather forecast for Thursday currently predicts 60–200mm of rain. Let’s push back the Sydney trip.]
Thursday Saturday is a Sydney day for the usual mix of activities and errands.
- Artificial Intelligence – Your questions answered, ASPI, 11 April 2022.
- Aaron Chen at the Enmore Theatre, 5 May 2022.
- AusCERT 2022, Gold Coast, 10–13 May 2022 (TBC).
- Australian Cyber Conference 2022 Canberra, Canberra, 31 May to 2 June 2022 (TBC).
- Nigel Ng’s The Haiyaa World Tour, Enmore Theatre, 9 June 2022.
- NetThing: Australia’s Internet Community Forum, online, 27–28 October 2022 (TBC).
[Photo: A cup moth caterpillar, which is to say some species of Limacodidae or Eucleidae. They’re a family of moths in the superfamily Zygaenoidea or the Cossoidea. According to Wikipedia, the placement is in dispute. This one was photographed at Bunjaree Cottages on 2 April 2022.]