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Spare a Bitcoin, Guv?

Lecture

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Blockchain technology is the power behind Virtual Currencies, the most well known of which is Bitcoin. Come and find out what are virtual currencies and how do they work.

Date and Time

14 February 2018 - 18:00-21:00

Location

London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the UK - London local network.


About this event

Blockchain technology is the power behind Virtual Currencies, the most well known of which is Bitcoin.  What are virtual currencies and how do they work?  Are they really currencies anyway?  Virtual currencies are based upon a distributed ledger.  What is a distributed ledger and how does it differ from a traditional ledger?  How should Bitcoins be treated in corporate accounts? Will they keep their value? Are virtual currencies as secure as they are alleged to be?

Who uses Bitcoins and why?  Why are governments, regulators and banks worried?  Why are some banks spending significant resources developing their own internal distributed ledgers and what are they using them for?  What legislation is likely? 

Our speaker, Dai Davis, is a computer scientist as well as a lawyer and is well placed to explore the answers to these questions and provide an insight into this powerful technology and its application to virtual currencies such as Bitcoins.  He will also go on to explore other applications of Blockchain technology.


Speakers Bio

Dai Davis is a Technology Lawyer and Chartered Engineer.  He holds Masters degrees in both Physics and Computer Science.  He is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Dai has for decades consistently been recommended in the Legal 500 and in Chambers Guides to the Legal Profession.  Having been national head of Intellectual Property Law and later national head of Information Technology law at Eversheds, Dai is now a partner in his own specialist law practice, Percy Crow Davis & Co. 

He has a nationwide legal practice and therefore travels regularly throughout the UK.  Dai advises clients on intellectual property in Information Technology products, and all types of computer and technology law issues including such topical matters as Data Protection, Cloud Computing, IT Security and Open Source issues.  Dai is a non-executive director of FAST (The Federation Against Software Theft) and a Freeman of the WCIT (Worshipful Company of Information Technologists).

Programme

18:00 -18:30 Registration with Refreshments and Sandwiches

18:30 – 20:00 Lecture and Discussion Q&A

20:00 – 21:00 Speakers Wine Reception and Networking

Reasons to attend

Blockchain and virtual currencies are often misunderstood.  This event is an ideal opportunity to learn about an increasingly important piece of technology.

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