Brighton author Peter James gave a dead interesting talk to members of the online community at a workshop in Hove today.
Mr James’s talk – A view on Brighton’s murky underbelly – also reminded his audience that he was one of the co-founders of Pavilion Internet, Brighton’s first internet service provider.
The author of the seven Roy Grace novels, including Dead Simple, Dead Tomorrow and Not Dead Enough, praised the way that policing had made the city safer – if less interesting.
His audience included the Sussex Police deputy chief constable Giles York.
Mr James, whose detective novels are set in Brighton, said that he had been inspired first by Sherlock Holmes, then by Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock.
He spoke about the way criminals had become more sophisticated and crime more complicated citing online child pornography and identity theft.
He was speaking to City Camp Brighton at Hove Town Hall.
The event is intended to “bring together local government, businesses, community organisations and academia to reimagine the ways in which collaboration and web technologies will shape the future of our city”.
The event started yesterday (Friday 4 March) at the Sallis Benney Theatre at Brighton University in Grand Parade, Brighton.
It opened with an overview from, among others, John Barradell, chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council.
Tomorrow just over a dozen teams will pitch for a £10,000 prize from the Aldridge Foundation for a project to develop after the event.