Troubles I Caused In 2017: The Short List.
With 2017 rapidly coming to an end, I’ve decided to scribble down a few bits and pieces about what I got up to this year. It’s not a conclusive list, just whatever I could remember off the top of my head.
It’s easy to forget that in a year where I was supposed to be “taking it easy” I actually did a whole lot of work.
Anyway, it seems I got up to far more than I initially thought. Here’s the list, in no particular order:
- Interviewed food couriers and wrote about the digital gig economy.
- Campaigned for months upon end against robodebt.
- Interviewed a group of international human rights activists in South East Asia.
- Managed to graduate with a certificate from the @Walkley’s @CoderAcademyAu Coding For Journalists scholarship.
- Gave a talk on data activism as part of QUT Law’s Pathways to Ethical Data project #QUTGoodData at Thoughtworks.
- Gave a talk at Moreland Library, Brunswick about cross-organisational collaborative organising and social media campaigning.
- Spoke about the issue of digital rights campaigning on a panel at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab at QUT.
- Guest lectured a class on corporate social media to comms students at Swinburne University.
- Interviewed unionists on a picket line at a pink batts factory — they won!
- Networked a large group of Australians into working on cross-organisational collaboration on digital rights.
- Wrote about the Coalition’s plans to test waste water for traces of drugs.
- Consulted with NGOs who traditionally don’t have a background in digital rights issues to bring them onboard the anti-robodebt campaign.
- Successfully convinced a group of people to run for the board of @efa_oz.
- Did a little short-term corporate freelance comms work and learnt how multi-million dollar companies market AI.
- Worked as a political comms officer.
- Wrote about suburban food and housing insecurity.
- Campaigned on the #EnrolToVote voter mobilisation campaign for the Same Sex Marriage survey.
- Wrote about why the Australian government’s e-health plans (MyHealthRecord) are a privacy nightmare.
- Campaigned against the Privacy Amendment (Re-identification Offence), legislation that makes it illegal to point out publicly released government datasets aren’t properly de-identified.
- Wrote about women’s footy.
- Helped to shoot down South Australia’s ‘Lab Rat’ legislation, which would have allowed the S.A. government to grant companies waivers to act outside the law.
- Wrote a bunch of articles for Crikey News.
- Wrote for the South China Morning Post on the subject of foreign interference in Australia and successfully upset the status quo with a bunch of U.S. think-tankists. Got flooded by a bunch of Chinese bots tweeting at me in Mandarin.
- Freelanced for linux.conf.au promoting #LCA2018, their annual conference.
- Ran some trolls off the internet.
- Chatted with a few excellent government employees whose job title prefixes currently include “Cyber”, “E-” and “Privacy”, about issues including data entropy, diversity in tech, and the role of law enforcement in addressing online abuse.
- Seek out and collaborate with lawyers, artists, musicians, technologists, government reps and social workers who care about algorithmic justice, personal privacy, government transparency and human rights online and off.
- Watch more Japanese monster movies.
- Spend more time out in nature each day, whether at the Botanical garden, the local park or far out in remote country.
- Be far more ruthless about kicking assholes out of my life.
- Take more credit for the work I do.