The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work

Rayzer Rayzer at
Tue Dec 1 08:54:23 PST 2015

Riad S. Wahby wrote:
> Phillip Rogaway (Professor of CS at UC Davis) has released in the
> form of an essay his keynote talk from Asiacrypt. Very interesting
> reflection on the politics of crypto, historically and at present.
> --
> "The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work"
> Phil Rogaway
> Cryptography rearranges power: it configures who can do what, from
> what. This makes cryptography an inherently political tool, and it
> confers on the field an intrinsically moral dimension. The Snowden
> revelations motivate a reassessment of the political and moral
> positioning of cryptography. They lead one to ask if our inability to
> effectively address mass surveillance constitutes a failure of our
> field. I believe that it does. I call for a community-wide effort to
> develop more effective means to resist mass surveillance. I plea for a
> reinvention of our disciplinary culture to attend not only to puzzles
> and math, but, also, to the societal implications of our work.
> --
> -=rsw

So much for this guy's UC tenure, or tenure track, if any.


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