Drinking skeptically in the City of Dreams

Welcome to Newcastle upon Tyne Skeptics in the Pub! We organise monthly skeptical pub talks in Newcastle upon Tyne, the City of Dreams. Our upcoming talks are listed below - no tickets required, you can just turn up on the night. You can sign up to get new event notifications using the form on the right, as well as joining our Facebook group and following us on Twitter @SITP_NCL.

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Gary Broadfield and David Cook

When?
Wednesday, October 8 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

43 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG

Who?
Gary Broadfield and David Cook

What's the talk about?

Due to the higher costs associated with this talk we have had to take the hard decision and ticket the event, they are £3 and can be purchased;

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This month, solicitors Gary Broadfield (@GaslanB) and David Cook (@CyberSolicitor) (full bios below) will be discussing the history and development of the online cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. We shall examine how Bitcoin operates in practice and review the potential positives, and negatives of Bitcoin as a currency. We will then focus upon how the advantages of Bitcoin have led to the legitimacy of the currency facing a challenge as it is adopted by criminals to facilitate frauds, money laundering and other online crime.  The seminar will then deal with the challenges faced by national regulators in monitoring and taxing the use of Bitcoin and investigating suspected misuse. Finally we will discuss potential future developments and how Bitcoin might develop and grow in future months and years.

Both Gary and David have experience in court defending both high-tech “cybercrime” cases such as persecutions for filesharing, as well as regularly defending the most serious allegations of financial crime and regulatory investigations carried out within England & Wales, and are in a unique position to set out the challenges posed to both traditional fiat currencies and authorities by decentralised and semi anonymous online currencies, together with the responses of governments around the world to those threats.

Gary Broadfield is a partner at Garstangs Burrows Bussin and has been involved in defending some of the most serious and complex criminal cases prosecuted in recent years, with an emphasis on high value fraud and white collar crime but with a growing practice related to criminality carried out on the "Dark Web."

David Cook

David Cook is a Solicitor Advocate at Pannone, part of Slater and Gordon, and is recognised as an expert in cyber crime and data security. He successfully defended clients in prosecutions for online file sharing and has acted for both Richard O’Dwyer and members of Anonymous with regard to allegations of hacking in both the US and UK.

Myles Power

When?
Tuesday, November 11 2014 at 7:30PM

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Where?

Castle Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Who?
Myles Power

What's the talk about?

Myles Power has been debunking pseudoscientists by the use of blogs and videos for some time and was obviously far too successful.

Recently US legal direction regarding digital rights has resulted in a hunt for plagiarised work on the Web so that it can be removed or the artists recompensed for their efforts.  As a result Youtube and other providers have had to adjust their policies to cut out offenders.  Pseudoscientists have abused these procedures to attack debunkers who use clips of Youtube videos to show where misleading or wrong information has been published.

Myles is in the middle of an ongoing battle to remain in a position to ensure pseudoscientists are kept in check.  This is a coverage of his history of debunking and an update of how things are going.

 

NOTE: Due to a double-booking at the Bridge, we've had to move this event to Tuesday 11th of November.