ACM Distinguished Speaker

Are You Ready for Bitcoin

Speaker:Bebo White
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Love Auditorium (B101) LSRC, Duke
Enjoy cookies and socializing with the speaker from 3:15 to 4.


Hardly a day goes by without a news story about Bitcoin, the best-known and strongest cybercurrency technology. 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. Since its acceptance by it has proven its global utility as a payment system for E-Commerce. Its use in the offline world is also growing as a viable alternative to credit cardtransactions and the appearance of Bitcoin ATMs. Behind the Bitcoin protocol are robust andwell-established tools and technologies. This talk explains the fundamentals behind Bitcoin, including the mining process and the associated blockchain. It also addresses why these systems should be taken seriously and how they have initiated an important discussion about the future of money.


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 and an Adjunct Professor of Integrated Systems Management at the University of San Francisco. 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 are Web Science, Social Media in Education, and Cloud Computing.

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