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“Internet of Things” with visiting speaker Alasdair Allan

September 22nd, 2017

Thursday, 12 October – 18:30 –  Sanderson Suite, Claremont Hotel, Douglas, IM1 2LX

Dr Allan is a Scientist, Author, Hacker, and Journalist. He is the author of a number of books, and sometimes also stands in front of cameras. You can often find him at conferences talking about interesting things, or deploying sensors to measure them. He caused a privacy scandal by uncovering that your iPhone was recording your location all the time. The resulting controversy even got a name, #locationgate. It caused several class action lawsuits, and a U.S. Senate hearing.

His presentation to BCS Isle of Man members and guests focuses on “The Internet of Things” ̶̶̶ an emerging technology by which home appliances (like your fridge, security system, electric meter, etc); your car; as well of course as your phone, may all communicate with each other   ̶̶̶   and with other devices and businesses. This is supposed to offer improved convenience and value   ̶̶̶   but is likely to also introduce new risks, especially threats to your security and privacy.

His YouTube video “The Little Things of Horror” (22 minutes) provides a hint as to the sort of content we might expect on 12 October.

Detailed Timetable

1730                          Members arrive

1730 – 1830             Networking, light refreshments, soft drinks, and cash bar

1800 – 1830             AGM (members only)

1830 – c.1915            IOT Presentation

c.1915 – 1945             IOT Q & A / discussion


To assist our planning, please register below to attend this event.

BCS members who attend this event may request a CPD certificate, which will be provided at no charge.  Non-members may also request a CPD certificate; there will be a £5 charge for non-members who request a CPD certificate, this needs to be paid to a BCS Isle of Man committee member at the event.


Isle of Man Open Data Camp – 5th August 2017

July 26th, 2017

The second open data unconference will feature a mix of unkeynotes and open debates on Saturday 5th August 2017.

UNKEYNOTES 1000-1230

  • Graeme Jones, founder, openmindedly — introduction
  • Chris Thomas, Minister, Cabinet Office, Isle of Man Government with political responsibility for open government and reforms — national progress report
  • Terence Eden, UK Government Digital Service — open data standards (UK)
  • Denis Parfenov, Open Data commissioner, Republic of Ireland — lessons learned from hospital waiting lists (Dublin)


  • Olga Parkhimoch, ITMO University, St Petersburg — fiscal transparency (Russia)

subject to fast trrack visa

  • Julian Tait, Open Data Manchester — tech ecosystem strategy, EU Horizon 2020; Internet of Things project
  • John Murray, Fusion Data Science, Chester — data mashups (UK DEFRA)
  • John Handelaar, Open Government Partnership, Republic of Ireland

BREAK 1230-1330

OPEN DEBATES 1330-1600

  • updates from other jurisdictions
  • shared expertise on legals, medtech, fintech, local government, digital engagement, EU GDPR, a blockchain proof of concept and lots more
  • some bold open data releases from the Isle of Man

SOCIAL EVENT 1700-2100 to continue the conversations and progress projects

Event hashtag: #offcamp