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FPA of San Francisco - Emerging Advisors & NexGen: Bebo White on Bitcoin

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Golden Gate University

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FPA of San Francisco - Emerging Advisors Forum & NexGen present: Bebo White on Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology

Hardly a day goes by without a news story about Bitcoin or Ethereum, two of the best known and strongest cybercurrency technologies. Opinions run the spectrum, from those who view it as mainly a monetary vehicle for criminal activity to those who praise its empowering ability for individuals disenfranchised by traditional financial systems. In between are found those who see it as the foundation for a new economy. Everyone agrees that one of the most important legacies of cybercurrency technologies is the introduction of the Blockchain ecosystem. As a network of replicated databases, Blockchain has been proposed to address integrity issues of numerous systems other than cybercurrencies.

This lecture will explain the fundamentals behind the important cybercurrencies, including Blockchain concepts and the mining process. It will also address why, in the opinion of the speaker, these systems should be taken seriously and how they have initiated important discussions, applications, and research opportunities.

We invite you to join us Thursday, March 1st at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Golden Gate University (Room #6208)

Bebo White, Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the University of Hong Kong and an Adjunct Professor of Integrated Systems Management at the University of San Francisco

Bebo White is a Departmental Associate (Emeritus) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the basic energy science and high-energy physics laboratory operated by Stanford University. Prior to retirement he worked at SLAC as a Computational Physicist and Senior Computing Information Systems Analyst. He is also a Visiting Professor of Computer Science at the University of Hong Kong.

While his initial responsibilities at SLAC were in computational physics, in recent years Professor White's work has been dominated by his involvement with World Wide Web technology. He first became involved with WWW development while on sabbatical at CERN in 1989 and was instrumental in establishing the first non-European Web site at SLAC in 1991.

Professor White has lectured and spoken internationally to academic and commercial audiences. He is the author of eight books and over one hundred journal/proceedings articles. In addition, he has been actively involved with the planning and execution of five major international conference series: The International World Wide Web Conference, The International Conference on Web Engineering, The IADIS International Conference on WWW/Internet, The International Conference on ICT in Teaching and Learning, and The Web Science Conference. His current research interests include The Internet of Things, Cybercurrencies/Bitcoin and Blockchain, The Future of User Interaction Design, and Social Media in Education.

Additional information can be found at www.bebowhite.com.

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