Math & Cultural
|Location:||Washington, D.C.: Capitol Visitor Center, HVC 215|
"Cryptography: How to Enable Privacy in a Data-Driven World"
Featuring Dr. Shafi Goldwasser (Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, University of California, Berkeley)
December 6, 2017
12:00-1:30 PM Eastern Time
Washington, D.C.: HVC 215, Capitol Visitor Center
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RSVP by Tuesday, November 28th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch will be served. Space is limited at this widely attended public event.
MSRI and the American Mathematical Society cordially invite you to join a lunch briefing on Capitol Hill, featuring Shafi Goldwasser of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and incoming Director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley.
In the last 40 years, the field of cryptography has shown how to use basic mathematics to enable secure electronic commerce. Nowadays, we are faced with a new challenge. Medical breakthroughs, smart infrastructure, economic growth by clever consumer targeting, and surveillance for national security, have become possible due to the enormous amounts of data collected on individuals. Yet, this data collection seems to stand in contradiction to patients' rights, consumers' privacy, unfair pricing, and the basic 'Right to be Left Alone'. The question is, can mathematics and technology make it possible to maintain privacy and make progress at the same time? We will show how modern encryption methods, zero-knowledge proofs, and multi-party secure computation go a long way to get the best of both worlds.