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The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The best time to build a semiconductor foundry is 5 years ago

The history of computing is all change, all the time. Yet silicon-slingers let the chips fail where they may. Read it here.

S09E09 Fingerprint for Success' Michelle Duval - Michelle Duval created Fingerprint for Success as a SaaS offering, leveraging what she’d learned as a career coach. Michelle shares her detailed studies of successful startup entrepreneurs – and tells us what we need to improve within ourselves to maximize our chances for success.

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SERIES FIVE EPISODE TWELVE:
Geopolichips #4:
Will the next war be fought for control of semiconductors?

We had the tools but lacked the imagination

IEEE Spectrum column June 2021 - Last year the world turned on a time, from office to remote work, somthing that could only happen because we were better prepared than we ever realised. Read my column here.

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SERIES FIVE EPISODE ELEVEN:
Geopolichips #3:
How did America lose the semiconductor race?

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SERIES FIVE EPISODE TEN:
Geopolichips #2:
Why DO COMPUTERS GET SMALLER AND FASTER AND CHEAPER?

S09E06 VOW's George Peppou - George Peppou knew nothing about biotech when he co-founded VOW; he’s now well on his way to vat-growing meats that could feed billions around the world. Is biotech fundamentally different? How has VOW used the best bits of tech startups to accelerate their growth? Get the answers on this show.

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SERIES FIVE EPISODE NINE:
Geopolichips #1:
Why is there a shortage of chips?

Blessed are the cryptographers, labelling them criminal enablers is just foolish

Preserving privacy is hard. I know because when I tried, I quickly learned not to play with weapons. We need to make sure we can continue to use encrypted messaging apps - because without privacy, we are easy pickings... Read it here.

In my regular chat with RNZ's Nine To Noon host Kathryn Ryan, we discuss the ruling by Facebook's Oversight Board to maintain the ban on Donald Trump - for now - then look at the NYPD taking its 'digidog' behind the shed. And finally, the 'Disaster Girl' meme has become a non-fungible token, which then sold for half a million dollars. No bubble there, eh?

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S09E05 Tractor Venture's Matt Allen - Matt Allen found a gap in the startup funding model. Now he’s driving Tractor Ventures through it, providing unsecured loans to startups with accelerating revenues. Are loans a better deal than selling shares? This episode is a must for every startup raising capital.

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S09E04 Tide's Michael Loewy - An epidemic of data leaks proves businesses need to rethink how they collect, store and operate on our personal data. TIDE co-founder and CEO Mike Loewy tells us what it takes to bring the best of blockchain – invisibly, and securely – to nearly every digital product and service.

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IEEE Spectrum column May 2021 - The recent power shortfalls in Texas exposed the need for better control. Read my column here.

Last year I was privileged to work with journalist Claire Aird and producer Josh Butt on the 'Criminal Domain' podcast - sponsored by Norton 360. It took a 'true crime' approach to the kinds of cyberthreats that all of us face every day, online. 'Criminal Domain' been nominated for best 'PR-led Content Creation' in the Mumbrella Comsconn Awards!

Harassers and bullies succeed in tech because silence is encouraged

Countless people have signed away the right to have their trauma acknowledged through 'non-disparagement' clauses in employment contracts, and that has to stop. Now. Read it here.

S09E03 Oovvuu's Ricky Sutton - Ricky built Oovvuu into a successful media company by challenging the platform monopolies of Google and Facebook – offering an alternative, and beating them at their own game. He shares his secrets for success when going up against trillion-dollar companies!

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S09E02 News Special - We welcome back SheEO Country Lead Julie Trell and Main Squence GP Mike Nicholls to explore the post-pandemic landscape for startups, emerging funding models – and key elements for success.

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SERIES FIVE EPISODE EIGHT:
What stands in the way of electric vehicles?

S09E01 Jason Calacanis - We kick off series 9 with a deep dive into the post-pandemic startup world – and the virtuous cycle of successful startups.

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SERIES FIVE EPISODE SEVEN:
Have Australians Embraced Electric Vehicles?

IEEE Spectrum column April 2021 - Engineers developing drones or similar robotic helpers need to focus on mitigating the dangers. Read my column here.


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SERIES FIVE EPISODE SIX:
what's the next fuel after batteries?

In my regular chat with RNZ's Nine To Noon host Kathryn Ryan, we discuss the 'Code War' - the undeclared war between global powers battling for control and supremacy in the digital sphere. We also look at how Facebook conspicuously ignores the recommendations of its own 'Responsible AI' research group. And Amazon is 'gamifying' its warehouses, in order to make its workers more productive.

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SERIES FIVE EPISODE Five:
Has Europe gone 'All-in' on electric Vehicles?

There’s always someone to blame for bad infosec, but never a willingness to make meaningful change

We're losing 'The Code War' - with an exponential increase in the number of exploits and attacks against our hyperconnected systems. Blame is not enough - but what can we do? Read it here.

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SERIES FIVE EPISODE four:
Has social media turned us into conspiracy theorists?

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SERIES FIVE EPISODE three:
Can we make friends with a superpower china?

IEEE Spectrum column March 2021 - Inspired by a recent outage in the Service NSW COVIDsafe check-in feature, I take a look at whether we're really designing our networked world for that in-between state of connectivity, where the network is sometimes there - and sometimes not. Have a read.

RN Life matters 22 Feb 2021

ABC Radio National 'Life Matters' -- Many of us learned just how dependent we are on Facebook for news and information when we all woke up to blocks on our favourite pages.

How has Facebook's recent action affected how you get your news and information?

I'm joined by the amazing Margaret Simons. Listen here.

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SERIES FIVE EPISODE Two:
Will you own an electric car this decade?

Triple j hack 18 february 2021

Triple J 'Hack' 18 February 2021 -- Facebook has cut off all news content to Australian users, as it ramps up its beef with the Federal Government. The Govt wants the big tech company to pay for sharing Australian news content, and they aren't keen.

So how did we get to this point? And how come a lot of other government and community-run pages have been caught in the fray?

Have a listen here.

The Next Billion SECONDS
SERIES FIVE EPISODE ONE:
WHY WILL ALL CASH BE DIGITAL BY 2030?

How do we combat mass global misinformation? How about making the internet a little harder to use

My latest column for The Register asks whether Google's threat to pull its search products from Australia might not be a blessing in disguise. Read it here.

In my regular chat with RNZ's Nine To Noon host Kathryn Ryan, we discuss the ramifications of Jeff Bezos stepping down as the CEO of Amazon, the anti-trust lawsuit Facebook has filed against Apple -- and why you should think twice about your internet-connected chastity belt. (That last bit is _slightly_ NSFW, but very funny.)

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