Public Perceptions of Privacy

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Would you give somebody your bank PIN for a candy bar? Cryptanalyst Orr Dunkelman tells the cryptography panel about a surprising study that found that most people would. Why is that? Perhaps because this bit of information is just one part of a system that may also require their name, address, card number, and so on, they assume it is safe to share this one detail. But in today’s information-based world, where much of one’s personal information is available at the click of a mouse, is such an assumption so safe?
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Date: Saturday June 4, 2011
Time: 03:00 PM-04:30 PM
Venue: NYU Kimmel Center, Eisner & Lubin Auditorium
Moderator: Josh Zepps
Participants: Brian Snow, Simon Singh, Orr Dunkelman, Tal Rabin

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...[Read more]