[oshug] OSHUG #44 — Security, Thursday 21st January.

Andrew Back arback at computer.org
Tue Jan 12 09:51:14 UTC 2016

We will now have a 3rd talk at next week's meeting, on blockchain:

— Trustless Computing: Running a World Computer on Consensus Platform Technology

The Internet was an amazing invention - a decentralized communication
infrastructure that has revolutionized society. However, the
revolution is not over yet: with the invention of cryptographically
secured blockchains we now have a decentralized computing and
record-keeping platform on which we can use the internet in the spirit
that has been long imagined. In this talk we will have a look at
Ethereum as the most advanced consensus platform to date, what it can
do for us, and how, as it is improved as a concept, it will help us
run better societies.

Dr. Aeron Buchanan received his doctorate from the Robotics department
of Oxford University in the field of Computer Vision, after working as
a algorithm designer for the special effects industry and reading
Engineering and Computer Science for his undergraduate degree. He has
since designed algorithms for UAVs, started tech companies building
light-show controllers and blockchain technology, plus acted as a
consultant to economics professors and ecological research
laboratories. He is currently the CTO of his latest new venture:
EthCore, a company aiming to continue the advancements in consensus
platform technology and more readily bring the benefits to society and
the economy.

On 4 January 2016 at 21:31, Andrew Back <arback at computer.org> wrote:
> Hello,
> Registration is now open for the January meeting, details of which can
> be found below.
> Cheers,
> Andrew
> //
> Event #44 — Security (Hardware RNG, PGP key signing party)
> On the 21 January 2016, 17:30 - 20:00 at BCS London, 1st Floor, The
> Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA.
>   Registration: http://oshug.org/event/44
> The theme for the forty-fourth OSHUG meeting is security and it will
> feature a talk on hardware random number generation, plus a PGP key
> signing party.
> — Hardware random number generation
> In this talk we will take a look at what makes a good random number,
> why you might want a reliable source of them and some methods of
> generating random numbers in hardware.
> Mark Longstaff-Tyrell has a degree in Electronic Engineering and a
> masters in Intelligent Systems from UCL. He has extensive experience
> in app development and as well as working at several blue chip
> companies was part of the team that launched the BBC's flagship
> iPlayer app for Android in addition to leading the teams that
> delivered the mobile apps for BBC News. He has designed electronics
> kits under the Denkimono label, and has recently co-founded and
> launched a tech-fashion brand in the UK. Mark is also a consultant for
> small businesses and start-ups on apps, mobile and hardware
> development.
> — PGP key signing party
> There will be a quick introduction to PGP, The Web of Trust,
> public/private key cryptography and key signing. Following this there
> will be a key signing party and everyone is invited to participate!
> The idea of a key signing party is to help build and strengthen the
> "Web of Trust". The PGP Web of Trust is used extensively in Free and
> Open Source communities in order to verify the authenticity of
> software distributions and e-mail.
> Participating in the Web of Trust by having your key signed and by
> signing other keys, establishes your identity as a member of the
> community and increases the likelihood that you will be able to verify
> the signatures that are often included on messages sent to mailing
> lists.
> In order to take part in the key signing party you need to:
> 1. Have a PGP key. If you do not have one already and need assistance,
> please e-mail Andy Bennett (a at jpb.li) and he will help you get
> started.
> 2. Submit your key to Andy Bennett (a at jpb.li) before Friday 15th
> January 2016, so that he can compile the key list.
> 3. Be physically present at this meeting!
> 4. For keys containing your real name, bring government issued photo
> ID. For pseudonymous keys please bring appropriate evidence that you
> are allowed to use that name and assert that identity.
> 5. Have details of the key you submitted: key ID, key type, key
> fingerprint and key size. You can get this information from GPG by
> using the following command: gpg your.email at address.dom.
> 6. Bring a printed copy of the key list that will be circulated
> between 16th and 20th January.
> Note: Please aim to arrive by 18:15 as the event will start at 18:30 prompt.

Andrew Back FRSA MIEEE

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