Phillip Rogaway | Why Most Cryptographers Don’t Care About Mass-Surveillance

Rogaway’s lecture will weave together some history, examples, and thoughts that might help to explain how the character of academic cryptography got to be the way that it is — intellectually flourishing, yet routinely disconnected from real-world needs. Rogaway will explore why the cryptographic community has been so unresponsive to revelations of mass surveillance.


RogawayPhillip Rogaway
Professor of Computer Science
UC Davis

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 
UC Davis School of Law, King Hall, Rm 1301

Phillip Rogaway studied theoretical cryptography at MIT (1991), but then worked as a security architect for IBM before joining the University of California, Davis (1994). Co-inventor of “practice-oriented provable security,” his work has tried to meld cryptographic theory and cryptographic practice in a way that would benefit both.

Rogaway was awarded the Paris Kanellakis Award in 2009 and the first Levchin Prize for Real World Cryptography in 2016. He has spoken widely on the ethical obligations that cryptographers and computer scientists have toward the public, specifically in the areas of internet privacy and digital surveillance.