It’s interested me for a while, why this particular post “Journalising, Journalism and Blogging…Restrictions on Posting” continually gets the most hits regardless of new posts. If you’re hitting this post for a reason, I’d be keen to know.
Wondering at what stage industry associations, user-groups and the like decide that they represent their business sector and the people in it. The Australian Computer Society is a classic in it’s claims:
“The ACS (Australian Computer Society) is the recognised professional association for those working in Information and Communications Technology, seeking to raise the standing of ICT professionals and represent their views to government, industry and the community.
A member of the Australian Council of Professions, the ACS is the guardian of professional ethics and standards in the ICT sector, committed to ensuring the benecial use of ICT for all Australians.”
It’s mostly nonsense as we know but I worry about groups like this sometimes. By way of the name and their marketing, those who don’t know them could mistakingly actually believe they are all these things and make decisions based upon this. Gees, the Government seems to at times. What scares me though is; are the self-appointed “voices” for the industry sufficiently expertised to make and put forward competent positions? We’ve seen in the past that sometimes they’re not.
Transcripts from latest hearings:
Previous post on this subject here.
Thanks again to @cmlh for the link.
I remember years ago (many I suppose), the Information Security conference calendar was quite empty. You’d struggle to get anything at times and options were to wait a long time or head off overseas on a junket.
How things have changed. It seems there’s some sort of conference or seminar held daily or at least weekly. Most aren’t worth the time and effort. They’re either a vendor driven marketing day, (hey, if you’re into that vendor and a free lunch, go for it), or a conference created by non-industry people to make a buck (riding on the coat tails of hot topics of the day). The latter really gets my goat most times. They’re nothing more than random topics within the larger “hot” topic, random speakers (whether of any note or not), in and out, and pay your 3K. You know the ones – the marketing looks great, they look like they are doing the industry a service, but you walk out of there deflated and thinking you’ve been stung.
On the flip side, we are blessed with some great events and people should really get behind these and support them. They’re the ones usually run by industry people for the industry.
I’d be keen to hear about some conferences you’ve been to, and your thoughts on them. I am sure others would appreciate the tips also.
Thanks to Peter for the link to this one here:
Get the splinters out of your backsides ACS. Did you need to create this piece of work to justify your existence or are you trying to come across as a voice of reason…or do you truly believe you’ve come up with something groundbreaking?
Regardless, you look dumb and as irrelevant as always. A personal opinion. Just my thoughts and as usual, opening myself up to flames.