Keeping Secrets: Cryptography in a Connected World
Full Program: 2011 World Science Festival | 01:26:51
Original Program Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Featuring Cryptanalyst Orr Dunkelman, Cryptographer Tal Rabin, Author, Science Journalist, Producer Simon Singh, and Security Expert Brian Snow with Host Josh Zepps Moderating
Full 90 Minute Program:
Since the earliest days of communication, clever minds have devised methods for enciphering messages to shield them from prying eyes. Today, cryptography has moved beyond the realm of dilettantes and soldiers to become a sophisticated scientific art—combining mathematics, physics, computer science, and electrical engineering. It not only protects messages, but it also safeguards our privacy. From email to banking transactions, modern cryptography is used everywhere. But does it really protect us? What took place was a discussion of cryptography’s far-reaching influence throughout history (from Julius Caesar’s reign to Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks), and the ways in which it—and our privacy—are constantly under assault today as threats lurk behind IP addresses, computational power increases, and our secrets move online.
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