Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Date(s) - 14 Nov 2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford


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Simon Biles, Thinking Forensics

Picture the scene – in the living room of the house, a body lies on the floor, a knife protruding from the chest. An older, technologically illiterate Detective Inspector spies a laptop on the coffee table and calls over his younger Detective Sergeant. ‘Take a look at that will you?’ The Sergeant opens the laptop, guesses the password on the second attempt ( it’s the name of the dog ), browses through the victims diary and discovers the meeting with the murderer arranged just before the time of death as confirmed by the Pathologist. They rush to the car, blues and twos on and head off to arrest the suspect before they can flee the country.

This is absolutely not what Digital Forensics is like, however, in my humble opinion, it’s a lot better – albeit a lot slower ! In this talk, I’ll go through what actually happens in the real world, and the kinds of evidence that are really found and presented in cases of murder, terrorism, serious organised crime and more…


Simon Biles is an experienced Digital Forensics Expert Witness. He has given evidence in a wide range of criminal and civil cases in the United Kingdom – including terrorism, indecent images, fraud, murder and blackmail.



  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Minutes of the previous AGM
  4. Matters arising from the minutes
  5. A report from the Chair on the year’s activities
  6. A report from the Treasurer
  7. Election of Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Inclusion Officer and committee members
  8. Any other business

Please note that notification of items to be raised at the AGM under “Any other business” should be sent to the Secretary (simon(at) not less than three days in advance. Admission of items not so notified at the AGM will be at the discretion of the Chair.

Any nominations for the positions of Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Inclusion Officer and committee members should be made to the Secretary (simon(at) at any time prior to the meeting. Any person nominated must be a member in good standing of the BCS and they must be nominated and seconded by persons who are also members in good standing.


Meetings are free to attend and non-BCS members are welcome. It is helpful to us if you register, for catering purposes, but not essential.

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