Hello. I'm Anthony Hildebrand, and I'm the editor of Connected, Concept Smoke Screen's new online publication which explores the changing face of security in a truly connected world. It's an email newsletter! It's some pages on a website! It's a whole vibe, man.
But who am I, really, and why the hell should you care? I don't have the right answer to either of those questions, but I can show you some working out.
The basics: I am an Australian man in his mid-40s who has lived in the UK since 2001. My background is journalism - local newspapers and trade mags and websites, including covering the exotic world of international aquaculture for a couple of years. In 2004, I started working as an assistant editor on Security Installer magazine in London. I also worked for Security Management Today, and was the editor of info4security.com, the website which eventually morphed into IFSEC Global.
Since 2012 I have worked as a writer and PR/communications consultant for a variety of tech company clients in security and other sectors. I write articles and case studies and press releases and video scripts and white papers and I proofread posters and PDFs and PowerPoint presentations. I was the ghost writer of a book for a software CEO. I chop treatises into tiny chunks for tweeting.
I moved out of London and now work from home in Warwick, which came in handy when Covid arrived. I have a six-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter and a brilliant wife (who is an artist - check out her new project here: www.emergeportrait.co.uk).
Outside of work, I write (a novel has been written and is being
re-drafted for a publisher and taking way too long), I make unholy noise
music using feedback and effects pedals (here, for the brave: hanthonyhildebrand.bandcamp.com), and I watch a lot of cricket.
thing is, though I'm a generally happy person, I've long felt a bit...
dissatisfied. This predates the whole pandemic situation. Don't get me
wrong: I have an amazing family; I enjoy my job and I'm relatively
privileged in a lot of ways. But some creative and financial
frustrations have helped amplify a general feeling of oppressive
helplessness in the face of environmental gloom, political meanness and
idiocy, and an atmosphere of accelerated anger and wilful lack of
empathy fuelled by the cruel context-free magnification of hyperspeed