Preparing for cyber fallout in the wake of Russia-Ukraine crisis

Although it may feel like a great time to live in our distant island nation of Australia, we are far from being unscathed by the conflict. Recent history (NotPetya, SolarWinds, etc) has shown that we must get prepared for the worst. The below article that I wrote with a colleague of mine helps Australian businessesContinue reading “Preparing for cyber fallout in the wake of Russia-Ukraine crisis”

Security Threats to the Academic Sector in 2022

I feel for universities at this time. They’ve just come through a battering of nation-wide cyber attacks, a pandemic that threw their standard operating model out the window, and budget cuts that forced rearrangement of entire departments and projects. And now, after all this, being declared critical infrastructure late last year puts academia under theContinue reading “Security Threats to the Academic Sector in 2022”

Fuck Science, We Need More Art

Humans are gods. Through science and technology we have risen to staggering heights of power. We can wipe entire nations off the face of the earth with the push of a button. We can destroy entire ecosystems in pursuit of imaginary wealth that other animals can’t even begin to comprehend. We have accumulated so muchContinue reading “Fuck Science, We Need More Art”

How I found fulfilment in a decaying world

We are faced with two options: somehow try to fix a rapidly decaying world, or accept the world for what it is and give up entirely. In becoming an artist I found a third.

Cybersecurity – the foundation for success

Most people’s introduction to cybersecurity begins with a dramatic video displaying a balaclava-clad criminal hacking their way into a business and wreaking havoc from a dark room with no windows. Unfortunately, this image tends to create a fear-driven mindset that promotes counter-productive behaviours. Whilst it’s completely true that threats from cyberspace pose significant risks toContinue reading “Cybersecurity – the foundation for success”

Moral Philosophy of Autonomous Vehicles

Self-driving cars are quickly becoming a reality. Everyone from Volvo to Google are jumping on the bandwagon to design and build autonomous vehicles for the commercial market. California is even already in the process of creating legislation to allow driverless vehicles on the road without a licensed driver. Taking the human out of the loop is almost always a good engineeringContinue reading “Moral Philosophy of Autonomous Vehicles”

Hacking and Securing Smart Cities

In the below video Cesar Cerrudo, the CTO of IOActive Labs and Board Member of Securing Smart Cities, presents his perspective of what a Smart City is before delving into some of his experiences with the security of smart technologies and describing some rather frightening attack vectors and potential scenarios. Finally, he concludes with some recommendationsContinue reading “Hacking and Securing Smart Cities”

Rwanda – The next African tech-hub?

Unfortunately, what first often comes to one’s mind at the mention of Rwanda is the terrible genocide of 1994 that brutally wiped out 20% of Rwanda’s population. President Paul Kagame, previously the commander of the rebel force that ended the genocide, has since been working hard to change the country’s position and reputation. The now completed eRwandaContinue reading “Rwanda – The next African tech-hub?”

Australia Creates Minister for Cities

With the recent Australian Government cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a Minister for Cities with the aim of creating more liveable, vibrant, and future-embracing cities in Australia. It would appear that Mr Turnbull’s wife, Lucy Turnbull, is one key driving factor behind this decision. Lucy is currently heading a project with Arup that examinesContinue reading “Australia Creates Minister for Cities”