Blockchain Discussion with David Achkar at Bedivere

Group pic in Bedivere

A big thank you to David for sharing his thoughts and views with us last night. The attendees included parts of the Bitcoin Blockchain Beirut, Nerd Fun Lebanon as well as the Beirut Open Source Society groups.

Apart from the future of bitcoin and the blockchain, we also discussed other topics varying from giving the underprivileged youth free access to computers, gender discrimination & reasons behind the lack of females in IT and fecal spectrum analyzers. Yes, you read that right.

Looking forward to having David with us again sometime in the future whenever he’s in town next for more invigorating discussions!

Blockchain Technology Talk with David Achkar

Exploring the Future of the Blockchain

Soon after the creation of the open source blockchain technology, Bitcoin, it established itself as the standard for electronic payments on the Internet. With Bitcoin’s growing popularity, a defined set of people seemed to be carving out a specialized niche in the world of finance. Bitcoins defined a new way of doing things financially. The currently known way is manifested by the centralized control of the creation of currency. Bitcoins are characterized as an electronically distributed creator of another.

Differences between centralized, decentralized and the distributed blockchain technology

The look and feel of the centralized control of the creation of currency is known to us. It is the cash we carry in our pockets, the cash that we exchange for goods or services when we make our purchases. It is common and generally known to all.

The look and feel of a distributed creator of currency on the other hand is unknown to virtually all of us and at best we can visualize it as data passing through cables, something that couldn’t have existed without the creation of modern and advancing technology.

Yet the communities of developers who created Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have a deeper understanding of the blockchain. As a member of that community who took part in an entrepreneurial role, David Achkar, is also an advocate for Bitcoins in the Middle East.

The Meetup

Join us on Thur 23rd March at 7:30pm at Bedivere in Hamra for a casual get-together with David over drinks and get the chance to pick his and each others’ brains concerning the most fascinating event in the fields of money, finance and new technology.

Meetup page: https://www.meetup.com/Beirut-Open-Source-Society/events/238408168/

DarkWeb Server Workshop and Guided Tour

How to build a darkweb server post-workshop group pic
Post-workshop group pic at T-Marbouta

Despite some skepticism that the DarkWeb server would actually work, the hidden service that was created in a virtual machine on a laptop was successfully accessed by a phone with a TOR browser.

The demonstration was followed by a guided tour of some of the hidden services currently on the DarkWeb, including the varied nefarious content found in them.

For complete info with details on how to build your own hidden service, go here.

The link to the presentation is here.

Collaborative Meetup and Building a TOR Hidden Server – Coming Soon

In the spirit of Beirut Open Source Society’s mission, the following two events will be taking place this month:

The first event will be a discussion in collaboration with the Nerd Fun Lebanon meetup group regarding:

  • Establishing an IT oriented NGO connecting us with others internationally.
  • Installing and maintaining GNU/Linux installations in local public libraries and community centers.
  • Supporting the underprivileged youth in Lebanon in their quest to learn how to code.
  • Lots of other fun stuff…

Join us at Dawawine in Gemmeyze on Fri 10th November at 8:30pm for this great opportunity to network and gain experience.

The second is a one-hour practical workshop titled How To Build a Secure and Anonymous Server in the DarkWeb showing you live the steps to take to build it. This server:

  • Is location-hidden
  • Can work with either a dynamic or fixed IP
  • Is secure
  • Is anonymous
  • Is also entirely free!

Meet us at T-Marbouta in Hamra Square, Hamra, at 7:30pm on Fri 17th of November for this unique session. We’ll be in the library / meeting room upstairs.

Beirut Open Source Society’s first meetup!

The Beirut Open Source Society’s first meetup blessed by Lea, Ghassan, Mohamad and Bashir.

It was Friday the 13th on a dark and wintry January night when the inaugural meetup of Beirut’s Open Source Society took place. Four intrepid pioneers walked between rain drops and dodged the odd flash of lighting or two to talk about their experiences with Linux, why they love it so much, and what they hope to give and get out of the Beirut Open Source Society.. apart from obviously drinks 🙂

We can be reached so far at:

Looking forward to meeting the other Linux and Open Source users in Lebanon.. either through the above listed means or in future meetups (to be announced). There’s much to do..