BCS Oxfordshire Branch November 2007

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November 2007

Dear Branch Member,

In this issue: Date change: our special Christmas lecture on Identity Theft is now on Tuesday 27 November; a report of our special Nov 7th Open Evening and news of the MP website competition.

next Tuesday 27 November: Identity Fraud - From Criminals to ConsumersChristmas Lecture Poster

In our special Christmas lecture, Tom Ilube will explore the rapidly emerging wave of identity theft hitting Britain, and the impact on individual consumers.

Tom is CEO of Garlik (www.garlik.com), a new company helping people take control over their personal information, whose advisors include Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Garlik's first product, Data Patrol, which is aimed at reducing the risk of identity theft, is one of the first consumer products to exploit semantic web technologies on a large scale. Tom will explain how and why Garlik are using semantic web techniques.


events Wednesday 7 November: BCS Open Evening at Science OxfordColourful experiment

We were pleased to welcome 32 people to our open evening at Science Oxford on Wednesday, including 14 existing BCS members and 16 non-members. The photo shows one of the colourful experiments in the "Hands on" area at Science Oxford which visitors of all ages enjoyed.

One participant told us "The event was not what I was expecting. I expected hardcore selling of the BCS and it was a lot of fun, pleasant and no pressure".

Thanks to everyone who took part, we have lots of good feedback to help the committee arrange future events.


extra BCS MP website awardsMP website awards

The winners of the BCS MP Website awards were announced at the House of Commons on Wednesday 7 November. This competition was part of the BCS 50th anniversary celebrations, and was inspired by our own BCS Oxfordshire Schools Website Competition.

The overall winner was Adam Price of Plaid Cymru. In his acceptance speech he told how he had used his blog to float the idea of negotiations between Plaid Cymru and Labour; and the success of this initiative simply wouldn't have been possible with any other medium.

We understand that the competition will be featured on the Week in Westminster on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow morning.


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Coming Events etc

13 November: BCS 2007 Needham lecture: Evolving the Internet: Challenges, Opportunities and Consequences

27 November: BCS Oxfordshire: Identity Fraud - From Criminals to Consumers

28 November: Oxford Geek Night 4

24 January: BCS Oxfordshire: IT at JET - A Challenging Fusion Research Environment

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