This Weekly Wrap is appearing a day late because my week of Monday 26 September to Sunday 2 October ended in a long weekend, and I took full advantage of that. Nevertheless there’s a fantastic podcast for you to listen to, and a radio program too, plus I updated the Canberra digital developments thing. Also, I have a cold.
- The 9pm Curiously Circular Ham and Potato with John Birmingham, recorded on Friday afternoon and posted on Saturday. We covered a lot of unexpected territory in this episode, including a lengthy argument about certain foods.
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- Digital developments from Canberra 7. The national anti-corruption commission, the robodebt royal commission, some public consultations of note, and more.
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- I spoke at length about the Optus data breach on ABC Radio’s This Week with David Lipson, Optus attack: are companies holding too much data?.
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- Australia has just three years to prepare for war, say experts. “The peacetime concept that Australia would have 10 yearsâ€™ advance warning of war is finished. The new reality is more like a timeframe of three to five years, according to some of Australiaâ€™s top defence experts.”
- Bloomberg isn’t the usual place I’d go to for game reviews, but this one fascinated me. A City-Building Video Game With a Giant Twist. “In ‘The Wandering Village’ players must build a village aboard the back of an enormous creature that roams a post-apocalyptic world,” it says. But no, I haven’t played it. Yet.
- ASPI Explainer: Rare Earths – with Dr John Coyne, a quick 10-minute explainer from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute which includes some thoughts on where Australia should fit into the industry supply chains.
- “Thailandâ€™s Constitutional Court ruled on Friday that the countryâ€™s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, can stay in power, a decision expected to revive the pro-democracy proteststhat rocked Bangkok in 2020,” reports The New York Times. And it’s just a couple of months until protest season.
- The Scopophiliacâ€™s Guide to Aircraft Manufacturers. Part 1: Hawker aircraft ranked by beauty.
- The Scopophiliacâ€™s Guide to Aircraft Manufacturers Part 2: Convair aircraft ranked by beauty.
- Whatâ€™s this â€˜longevityâ€™ diet, and will it really make you live longer?. I’m just recommending reading this story because it’s interesting. I am not recommending the diet. Do not take dietary advice from me.
- Two companies had a big battle in Swiss court and now one must murder its chocolate bunnies.
The Week Ahead
Monday is the public holiday for Labour Day, but I’m at my desk plodding through a few easy tasks. I need to catch up on some work, but you don’t need to hear about that.
On Tuesday, I’ll put together an update on the Optus data breach. Somehow. Somewhere.
On Tuesday night Bond on Tuesday continues with the third Pierce Brosnan film, The World Is Not Enough (1999). Find a stream and get ready at 8.30pm AEDT. Note the D! My timezone is now UTC+11, so don’t miss the start. We press PLAY at 8.40pm.
On Wednesday Digital Rights Watch is running a Privacy Reform Campaign Briefing, which I should probably watch. I’ll also check out the Deakin University report launch, Securing Australian Journalism from Surveillance.
On Thursday I’m heading down to Sydney for a variety of things, including the Gin Gala at Centennial Park. A few of my friends will also be there so it might be an interesting occasion. I may also record some bits for a podcast. I’ll stay in Sydney overnight.
I think this means I’ll be doing some work on the weekend.
- Industrial Control Systems Threat Landscape & Active Defense, SANS Institute, online, 12 October 2022. It’s been a while since I gave myself an update on ICS security and this seems like a good place to start.
- Aussie Backyard Bird Count, 17â€“23 October 2022.
- Federal Budget, 25 October 2022.
- NetThing: Australia’s Internet Community Forum, online, 27â€“28 October 2022. You can now register online and the program looks really good.
- Victoria state election, 26 November 2022. I’m sure I’ll do something special.
- Everything Open, Melbourne, 14â€“16 March 2023 (TBA).
- NSW state election, 25 March 2023.
- The Sydney Dialogue, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, 4â€“5 April 2023.
[Photo: Ornamental pear flowers, possibly Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana), photographed at the Alexandra Hotel, Leura, on 28 September 2022.]