University kicks off global drive for online safety

Cyber Revolution begins at Craiglockhart

Date posted

2 September 2019


Edinburgh Napier will launch a worldwide review of research into combating the threats posed by the internet

The university will host the first event in Cyber Revolution – a one-day journey around the globe geared to reducing the risk in our digitally-connected lives.

A conference at the Craiglockhart campus on September 4 will examine issues around identity, blockchain and the use of cryptography to build secure systems and preserve privacy.

Experts around the globe will tune into streamed online presentations via YouTube and Twitter, before the drive to share cutting-edge research into online safety moves on to events at universities in North America and the Middle East.

Guest speakers in Edinburgh will include research mathematician Serguei Popov, Fintech experts Susan Brown and Christine Bamford, Truu– formerly Doctors Link – co-founder Manreet Nijjar, blockchain devotee Naseem Naqvi and digital identity expert Chris Eckl.

Professor Bill Buchanan, who leads on cybersecurity research within Edinburgh Napier’s School of Computing, said: “Online safety is a complex, multi-dimensional problem, and informing researchers around the world about each other’s work is key to working towards a safer online space.

“We are proud that our 2nd international conference on Blockchain, Identity and Cryptography will launch the 2019 Cyber Revolution, which will generate global interaction among the cybersecurity research community.”

The free-to-attend Craiglockhart conference - hosted in partnership by the university’s Blockpass ID Lab and Blockpass IDN in collaboration with IOTA – will analyse Distributed Ledger Technology, cryptocurrency, identity and how to use cryptography to build resilient infrastructures. You can register for the conference here.

Separate programmes of presentations in the campus’s Riady and Lindsay Stewart theatres will see speakers tackle themes like digital identity, crypto systems and privacy-enhancing machine learning.

The all-day conference at Craiglockhart will hand over to a series of events at universities in Canada before the September 4/5 Cyber Revolution moves on to Israel.

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