Snowcrash the book: Explore the Metaverse origin story

This week marks four years since the blog started and 20 plus years since I read a book that anticipated the human and citizenship dimensions of an immersive, online, digital and connected world hosting rival frameworks commanding human loyalty and shaping identity that still interest me today.

From the moment Hiro Protagonist crashed into a pool, mid pizza delivery ‘Snowcrash’ captured my attention and held it, in full defiance of my usual disinterest in sci-fi in ways not seen since ‘Star Trek Next Gen’.

If you’re a fan of the book, come visit the book club at the Metaverse store on 11 August, 318 Little Collins Street, Melbourne,

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Digital Government Festival – a two day free event presented by Melbourne Law School

Grab your tickets to the inaugural Digital Government Festival: From Complexity to Collaboration hosted by the University of Melbourne School of Law.

When: Wed, June 1 ‐ Thu, June 2 • 8:00 AM AEST

Where: online

Bookings here

AuDA launches ‘.auCheck’ a free tool for checking your website security

The Australian Domain Name Authority (AuDA) presents auCheck, a new development aiming to keep website security site owner accessible.

Register here

Is it ‘Time to .auCheck your website security’?

If so, it’s online on Tuesday 3 May @ 12:00 PM AEST

Check out “Let’s talk about Personal Branding for Women by Prachi Tyagi”

New year, more PD.

I’ll freely admit, this is my Achilles heel.

I don’t really understand branding, as this blog will attest.

‘Let’s talk about Personal Branding’ for Women by Prachi Tyagi

Date: Wed, Feb 2 • 6:15 PM AEDT https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/lets-talk-about-personal-branding-for-women-by-prachi-tyagi-tickets-240678214017?aff=eand

Monitoring the Moratorium on use of Genetic Test Results in Life Insurance

One for the ages: Genetic Discrimination in Australia.

Join Deakin Science and Margaret Otolowski (UTas) exploring the use of genetic test results in life insurance, and the moratorium introduced by the life insurance industry peak body, the Financial Services Council (FSC) in July 2019 and how this came about.

Tuesday October 19  10:00 AM AEDT

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In Conversation with Annabel Crabb | Counterpoint: Women in Government

AusInnovation hosts the inimitable Annabel Crabb free and in person.

Join in for ‘Counterpoint: Women in Government’.

Click here for tickets and details.

Registration essential.

Date: Thu, Sep 23 2021

• 4:00 PM AEST

Centre for Legal Innovation – What should I automate?

Automating frequently followed procedures is the new big thing, but what you can automate, versus what you should automate might surprise you.

Check out ‘What should I automate?’

The million dollar question.

Mon, Aug 9 • 1:00 PM AEST online

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Uncommon projects 2021

Artistic Licence Innovation is a sole trader consulting firm specialising in service design and start up projects.

In 2021 we helped the Choir of Hard Knocks become accredited as a mental health provider in Queensland, remotely from Melbourne during Covid, a national first in social prescribing.

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#challengeaccepted #socialprescriber #nationalfirst #hardknocks

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Monash Uni presents ‘What next for robots in public space?’

This week’s theme is public use of technology.

First it was IoT and emergencies in Lake Nona, with Verizon, now it’s Melbourne with “What next for robots in public space?”

Wed, Jun 4:00 PM AEST

Location: Flinders Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Details and bookings on Eventbrite here

Can’t make the gig? Find something else to do.

Free afterwork events covering everything from AI to Zoom in the Tec and The City Calendar.

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The Erosion of Medical Consent – how technology and medical research impact on agency

Harriet A. Washington, author of ‘Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Medical Consent’ online webinar.

Date: Thu, Apr 22 • 7:00 AM AEST

Book here

Stakeholder Capitalism alternative governance

Alternative business models demand more flexible governance ideas. Check out ‘Stakeholder Capitalism’

Friday, Dec 18 • 2:00 PM AEDT

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