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Twilight Talks 2023 | Season 1

March 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Your data and how to protect it – George Fong  & Dr Omaru Maruatona

Bar open from 5.00pm | Talk starts at 5.30pm

George Fong

Founder of Lateral Plains George Fong is the founder and Nerd Herder of Lateral Plains, one of the oldest IT companies in the region. He is Chair of the Committee for Ballarat, past member of Federation University Council, past Chair of Internet Australia and past Chair Central Highlands Regional Partnership.

Jaywalking in Cyberspace:

Data theft, privacy breaches and scams and why we are to blame. Its not uncommon for someone who has suffered a crime or an injustice, to seek out someone else on which to put the responsibility to stop or mitigate the same. In the case of cybersecurity and privacy in the digital environment,he truth lies between a proactive organisational and government environment and an equally proactive acceptance of personal responsibility and conduct.

George Fong

Dr Omaru Maruatona

Dr. Omaru Maruatona is a Ballarat resident and the CEO of Aiculus, a technology company that specialises in cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence. Omaru has previously worked at PwC Australia in cybersecurity architecture and strategy; and before that as a Security Engineer at Computershare; and as an Artificial Intelligence researcher with Federation University prior to that. In addition to leading the Aiculus team, Omaru is a mentor for an Australian business accelerator, a member of the Singaporean central bank digital currency (CBDC) working group, an advisor for a British venture capital company and a board director for the Buninyong community bank. Omaru is also a 2022 Federation Uni distinguished alumnus.

Key trends and developments on the evolution of AI from an obscure theoretical concept to a powerful, fast growing and controversial technology.   

Dr. Omaru Maruatona


Free | We are pleased to advise that this series is being supported by Community Bank Buninyong

Bookings are essential.

Proudly supported by

Community Bank Buninyong


March 8
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Ballarat Central, VIC 3350 Australia
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