[Cryptography] "The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work"

Perry E. Metzger perry at piermont.com
Tue Dec 1 21:24:43 EST 2015

Of some interest to those here: a newly published essay by
Phillip Rogaway entitled "The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work"

Quoting the abstract in full:

    Cryptography rearranges power: it configures who can do
    what, from what. This makes cryptography an inherently political
    tool, and it confers on the field an intrinsically moral dimension.
    The Snowden revelations motivate a reassessment of the political and
    moral positioning of cryptography. They lead one to ask if our
    inability to effectively address mass surveillance constitutes a
    failure of our field. I believe that it does. I call for a
    community-wide effort to develop more effective means to resist mass
    surveillance. I plea for a reinvention of our disciplinary culture to
    attend not only to puzzles and math, but, also, to the societal
    implications of our work.

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Perry E. Metzger		perry at piermont.com

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