Thoughts on  Applied Cryptography Research

Thoughts on Applied Cryptography Research

If you follow me on Twitter you have no doubt heard my occasional outbursts and rants on what I perceive to be biases in the current publication model in cryptography. In short, I think that top cryptography conferences are heavily biased against certain areas of cryptography and for others. Some of the areas that I … Continue reading

Workshop on Surveillance and Technology

Workshop on Surveillance and Technology

This is an announcement for a workshop that I am organizing in conjunction with the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium (PETS). Due to the Snowden disclosures, mass surveillance has become one of the most highly-discussed and controversial issues in politics, policy, technology and international affairs. Modern surveillance, however, relies heavily on technology and, therefore, our community … Continue reading

Microsoft Research Internships

Microsoft Research Internships

One of the best things about working at MSR is the internship program. For a sense of what an MSR internship is like, I recommend this essay by Philip Guo. In this post, I want to personally reflect on the MSR internship program and provide some context about how things have worked for me in … Continue reading

How Not to Learn Cryptography

How Not to Learn Cryptography

People often ask me how to get started in cryptography. What’s interesting is that most of the time they also want to know how I personally got started. This is interesting to me because it suggests that people are looking for more than a list of books or papers to read or set of exercises … Continue reading

Microsoft Research SVC and Applied Theory

Microsoft Research SVC and Applied Theory

Most people have heard by now about the closing of the Microsoft Research Silicon Valley Campus (SVC) Lab. It definitely came as a shock to everyone (including other MSR researchers) and many people have commented online about what the lab meant to them and about all the great research that came out of it. There … Continue reading