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The undercover war on your internet secrets: How online surveillance cracked our trust in the web

The undercover war on your internet secrets: How online surveillance cracked our trust in the web | Information wars | Scoop.it


Learn how the battle over privacy technologies could define the future of the web. This TechRepublic cover story explains the strange history and the serious consequences of the fight over encryption.


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Encryption is a necessity for the Internet Economy. Without encryption there is no way of proving identity in for instance an online bank transaction.


This article is a must read for those interested in the encryption debate. There is much more at stake than finding bad people.

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Fiction: Breaking Unbreakable Encryption | Monday Note

Fiction: Breaking Unbreakable Encryption | Monday Note | Information wars | Scoop.it
  Modern encryption system rely on oxymoronic “random generators”. This could be the crack in a supposedly unbreakable system. As discussed in a recent
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A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: On the new Snowden documents

A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering: On the new Snowden documents | Information wars | Scoop.it
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Cryptography Breakthrough Could Make Software Unhackable - Wired Science

Cryptography Breakthrough Could Make Software Unhackable - Wired Science | Information wars | Scoop.it
In a watershed moment for cryptography, computer scientists have proposed a solution to a fundamental problem called “program obfuscation.”
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Read the first comment (by the main researcher) that contradicts the journalist's narrative!

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New algorithm solves a major problem with cloud encryption

New algorithm solves a major problem with cloud encryption | Information wars | Scoop.it
Homomorphic encryption is one of the most exciting new research topics in cryptography, which promises to make cloud computing perfectly secure. With it, a Web user would send encrypted data to a s...
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Le père de la cybersécurité : la cryptographie n'est plus la solution !

Le père de la cybersécurité : la cryptographie n'est plus la solution ! | Information wars | Scoop.it
Dans le climat actuel de cyber-attaques et d'intrusions régulières dans les systèmes informatiques, la cryptographie devient de moins en moins importante...
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ISIS Has Its Own Encrypted Chat App

ISIS Has Its Own Encrypted Chat App | Information wars | Scoop.it
Terrorists are communicating over a new secure Android app after getting kicked off WhatsApp, Telegram, and other messengers. Called "Alrawi", the encrypted..
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China counterterror law strikes fear in foreign tech firms

China counterterror law strikes fear in foreign tech firms | Information wars | Scoop.it
(Repeats item first issued on Friday with no changes to textexcept time reference in dateline and paragraph 2)By Michael Martina and Krista HughesBEIJING/WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) - China is weighing
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Google is encrypting search globally. That’s bad for the NSA and China’s censors.

Google is encrypting search globally. That’s bad for the NSA and China’s censors. | Information wars | Scoop.it
Google is encrypting its search results worldwide. Here's how they will look to Chinese censors: "1fe7897ad064478fc...�
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Internet architects propose encrypting all the world’s Web traffic

Internet architects propose encrypting all the world’s Web traffic | Information wars | Scoop.it
Next-gen HTTP calls for default crypto to stop spying by spooks and criminals.
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Goldwasser and Micali win Turing Award - MIT News Office

Goldwasser and Micali win Turing Award - MIT News Office | Information wars | Scoop.it
Team honored for ‘revolutionizing the science of cryptography.’
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One of Goldwasser and Micali’s most significant contributions is their 1985 paper, with Charles Rackoff, titled “The Knowledge Complexity of Interactive Proof Systems.” It introduced knowledge complexity, a concept that deals with hiding information from an adversary, and is a quantifiable measure of how much “useful information” could be extracted. The paper initiated the idea of “zero-knowledge” proofs, in which interaction (the ability of provers and verifiers to send each other messages back and forth) and probabilism (the ability to toss coins to decide which messages to send) enable the establishment of a fact via a statistical argument without providing any additional information as to why it is true. 

Zero-knowledge proofs were a striking new philosophical idea that provided the essential language for speaking about security of cryptographic protocols by controlling the leakage of knowledge. Subsequent works by Oded Goldreich, Micali and Avi Wigderson, and by Michael Benor, Goldwasser and Wigderson, showed that every multiparty computation could be carried out securely, revealing to the players no more knowledge than prescribed by the desired outcome. These papers exhibited the power and utility of zero-knowledge protocols, and demonstrated their ubiquitous and omnipotent character.

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