Crypto for the Masses

Presented at H2K2 (2002), July 12, 2002, noon (60 minutes)

This panel will approach cryptography from the perspective of enabling a "digital world" where key social schemes are preserved - personal identity, anonymity, and the right to privacy. We'll talk about the basic inner workings of cryptosystems, and discuss how they can be applied now to create and enforce cyber rights. We'll also discuss the hurdles faced by crypto and its adopters, along with the public at large. And we'll learn just how crypto is being threatened and abused by certain global goons.


  • Greg Newby
    Greg Newby is a professor at UNC Chapel Hill with a Ph.D. in Information Transfer. He teaches Unix/Linux systems administration and information security, and has a research project to develop open source search engines. He is a founding member of the North Carolina chapter of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), and the CEO of Project Gutenberg.
  • Anatole Shaw
    Anatole Shaw is an independent researcher and engineer, self-employed professor, and longtime advocate of practical cryptography.
  • Matt Blaze
    Matt Blaze has been involved in all sorts of stuff, from evaluating Carnivore and Key Escrow for the government to writing the crypto file system to writing dozens of papers on crypto. He was the co-designer of swIPe, a predecessor of the now standard IPSEC protocol for protecting Internet traffic. In 1994, he discovered a serious flaw in the U.S. government's "Clipper" encryption system, which had been proposed as a mechanism for the public to encrypt their data in a way that would still allow law enforcement to have access to it.