Chambers Coffee House, South Tay Street
7pm Monday 29 October
As the world has gone online, the criminal fraternity has been quick to grasp the new opportunities that have arisen as unintended consequences of the digital revolution.
The next Café Science event in Dundee will examine how enhanced technology has brought new challenges to law enforcement, with a particular focus on sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll - pornography, narcotics and file sharing - illegally traded in cyberspace.
Dr Ian Ferguson, an expert in digital forensics from the University of Abertay Dundee, will also outline the breakthrough techniques being developed by law enforcement agencies to counter the problems they face in an increasingly digital world, when he delivers his talk at Chambers Coffee House on Monday October 29.
Dr Ferguson said: “Online safety is a huge issue for individuals, companies and nations, with everyone needing to be aware of the threats and how to protect themselves. At Café Science I’ll share some simple rules to keep people safe from most online threats.
“However, the most dangerous risks cannot be addressed by any individual. The UK Government has recognised cybersecurity as a tier 1 threat to national security alongside physical terrorism, and our law enforcement and security services play a critical role in keeping us all safe online.”
Café Science was launched in January 2008, and has attracted more than 3000 people since then. The monthly events are informal discussions led by leading local researchers from the Universities of Dundee and Abertay, James Hutton Institute and Dundee Science Centre that allow members of the public the opportunity to learn more about the ground-breaking science happening locally.
Dr Ferguson’s talk, entitled ‘Digital Forensics vs. Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll’ takes place at Chambers, South Tay Street at 7pm on Monday 29 October, and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
Entry is free and open to all, and while the event is not ticketed people are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.