BCS Edinburgh Branch

A Millenium Post Mortem

A joint autopsy by John Ivinson and Harry Small.

Wednesday 10th May at 7:00PM

Apex International Hotel, Grassmarket, Edinburgh.

Harry Small, vice-chairman of the Society for Computers and Law, will address:

John Ivinson, British Computer Society Vice-President Professional & Public Affairs, will cover:

The meeting will be preceded by the AGM of the Edinburgh Branch of the BCS at 6:30PM.

John L. Ivinson BA FBCS CISA was born in 1944 and graduated from the University of Keele in 1967 where he read Geography and American Studies. He entered the IT industry and has been a consultant since 1972. His principal skills are in systems development, computer audit and computer project management and he lectures in these three fields. More recently he has specialised in the Year 2000 issue, EMU and e-commerce. He has worked both nationally and internationally for a large number of clients in a wide range of industries.

He joined the British Computer Society (BCS) in 1967 and was made a Fellow in 1982 and has held a number of offices, including Chairman of the London Branch, Member of Council, Chairman of Technical Board and Chairman of Royal Charter Committee. He is Vice-President of the Professional and Public Affairs Board (PPAB).

He was the founding President in 1981 of the London Chapter of the EDP Auditors Association (now renamed ISACA) and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (1989).

Year 2000 Activities

He was appointed by PPAB to be the BCS Spokesperson on the Millennium Date Change Issue. He is the Chairman of the Society's Year 2000 Working Party that has produced the four BCS Guides on the subject.

He was a technical consultant to Action 2000 and responsible for planning and special projects and is part of the senior Management Team. He was joint director of the DfEE Bug Busters Scheme operating from within ITNTO.

He has been appointed as Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and technology on Year 2000 issues.

His leisure interests include food and wine and he is an active member of the International Food & Wine Society where he was Honorary International Treasurer and a Member of Council. He has been awarded the Society's Silver Medal.

Harry Small is a law graduate of the University of Oxford. He qualified as an English solicitor in 1981 and has worked in the IT law field ever since. He was one of the first British lawyers to obtain and defend an Anton Piller (search and seize) order from the High Court against software pirates. He also achieved what is believed to be the largest UK damages recovery for software copyright infringement. Harry has also practised extensively in non-contentious IT law, having drafted or negotiated most types of hardware, software and telecommunications contracts in the course of his professional life. He has a special interest in outsourcing and for major customers both in the UK and overseas. He also practises extensively in high technology disputes, both as to intellectual property such as software copyright, electronic patents and the like; and in major disputes over IT systems, breach of warranty claims and the effect of exclusion and limitation clauses in computer contracts. His most recent case was the successful defence of Orange against Vodafone's action for trade mark infringement and malicious falsehood.

Harry has been the appointed Expert to the Economic and Social Committee of the European Community on many IT-related draft EC laws and proposals, most recently the European Commission Green Paper on Copyright in the Information Society. He is vice-chairman of the Society for Computers and Law, a member of the Computer Law. He is the author of the standard outsourcing contract precedent in the Sweet and Maxwell Outsourcing Manual. He writes and lectures regularly, particularly on the law of the Internet and of computer networking. Together with Mark Weston, he presents the IBC two-day training course on IT contracts.

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