The OSU Security Club will be hosting Dr. Phillip Rogaway from UC Davis who will be giving a talk titled “The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work: An essay, its genesis, and its reception”. The talk will be on Feburary 20th at 7pm in KEC 1003.
Abstract: In December of 2015 I nervously put out an essay entitled “The Moral Character of Cryptographic Work.” I had been brooding over the thing for months. The essay suggests that, in view of the extraordinary surveillance we are all being subjected to, my own field, cryptography, had failed in its most basic of aims. An explicit reproach, the essay said that this was not just a technical failure, but a moral one. Such a message is not designed to win or keep friends, so I anticipated that the essay might be angrily received. It was not. In this talk I’ll reprise the essay’s main claims, discuss why I wrote it, and conjecture as to why the reaction was more positive than one might have expected. I’ll discuss why academic institutions should not foster closer ties to industry and the military, but, rather, should hold them further at bay, and take more seriously our role as critics and world citizens.
Thursday, February 20 at 7:00pm
Kelley Engineering Center, KEC 1003
110 SW Park Terrace, Corvallis, OR 97331