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Crypto/NIST hash [Aug. 25th, 2006|11:50 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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I just got back to San Jose from a fantastically productive week at Santa Barbara (Crypto + Hash workshop). I have about 9-10 threads of collaboration going on with 4-5 different people. There's no way I can work on all of those, but that's of course the ideal state for a researcher to find themself in (as ephermata says: "so many problems, so little time").

On a less personal note, I thought the selection of papers was a lot more interesting this year, although that could simply be me maturing as a cryptographer. I'm perhaps less subjective in pronouncing that speakers have gotten better, and a lot more effort seems to go into slideshows. Seinfeld themed cryptographic characters is where innovation is at right now.

If I can find the time, I'm going to put up a detailed report of both Crypto and the hash workshop sometime tomorrow. I'm also planning to blog a lot more about crypto in the future. Not sure whether to hijack this blog or start a new one. Also, I'd like to see if there's interest in starting a mailing list for crypto gossip. Right now it's not easy to keep abreast of new happenings except by going to conferences.

Finally, on an unrelated note, I support the plan to Blow up Pluto.

[User Picture]From: ephermata
2006-08-26 07:27 am (UTC)
It was lovely to see you. Thanks again for the drive down!

Looking forward to your future crypto posts.

As for a mailing list, that does sound intriguing. For one thing, it'd be good to share views on what problems are interesting and why. I'd be cautious, however, about branding a mailing list as explicitly for crypto "gossip." The term has a number of negative connotations, which don't square well with the goal of keeping informed about what's going on in our area. On the other hand, my roommate points out that if we are to do such a thing, then we should do it via anonymous remailers. ;)
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2006-08-26 06:57 pm (UTC)
It was great to have your company on the drive too!

You're right that gossip is a bad term. What I meant though, is have-you-seen-this-new-paper-on-eprint kind of stuff.
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[User Picture]From: kadambarid
2006-08-26 09:49 am (UTC)


Welcome back!
'tmust be ages since one caught you on lj...
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[User Picture]From: kadambarid
2006-08-26 11:11 am (UTC)

Re: Whoa...

Btw, flicked that "chainsaw" userpic of yours - 'twas way cool to be left dangling with one person :P
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[User Picture]From: helger
2006-08-26 08:08 pm (UTC)
I remember the first Eurocrypt when I understood why every paper was written and accepted. A couple of years later I was not sure anymore, and now I am back in my beginner years in some sense...
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[User Picture]From: kadambarid
2006-08-27 12:23 pm (UTC)
*nods in agreement- with a grin*
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