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Recent news reports stated that the National Security Agency has pursued new methods that have allowed the agency to monitor telephone and online communication, encrypted information that was thought to be virtually immune to eavesdropping. What steps can and should computer scientists take in response to this privacy threat? How will the recent revelations affect the future of cryptography—the field of encoding and decoding electronic communication and transmissions for the purposes of privacy, reliability and efficiency?
To address these questions, the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute will host an hour-long roundtable discussion, moderated by Anton Dahbura, interim executive director of the Information Security Institute, and Avi Rubin, the institute’s technical director. Other participants will include Johns Hopkins cyber-security experts Matthew Green, Stephen Checkoway and Giuseppe Ateniese.
The event will be streamed live at https://connect.johnshopkins.edu/jhuisicrypto/, and also will be posted online following the event.
NOTE: Seating at this public event will be limited. Members of the media who plan to cover the discussion are asked to RSVP to Phil Sneiderman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Avi Rubin, Professor of Computer Science and Technical Director of JHUISI, will participate in a hearing on the security of healthcare.gov before the U.S. Congress House Subcommittee on Science, Space, and Technology at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The session will be broadcast on C-SPAN and JHUISI is inviting everyone interested to watch the session in Croft Hall 227.
Official hearing information is available at http://science.house.gov/hearing/full-committee-hearing-my-data-healthcaregov-secure
TEDxJHU will host “Instructions Not Included” from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 in Mudd Hall #26 on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus. The event will feature seven speakers, including Youseph Yazdi, Executive Director of the Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design; Sonia Sarkar, a Hopkins alumna and the Baltimore Health Department’s Chief Policy and Engagement Officer; and Jennifer Dailey, a PhD student in the Whiting School of Engineering’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
The event includes an expo featuring student organizations and live music, and light catered refreshments will be served.