[Cfrg] Is Cryptographic Theory Practically Relevant? (Was: Re: cfrg co-chair)

David McGrew <mcgrew@cisco.com> Wed, 07 December 2011 18:00 UTC

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Subject: [Cfrg] Is Cryptographic Theory Practically Relevant? (Was: Re: cfrg co-chair)
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Hi Kenny,

On Nov 22, 2011, at 8:39 AM, Paterson, Kenny wrote:

> Hi All,
> There are indeed ECRYPT members on the list and paying attention!  
> One of our objectives as a network of excellence is to find ways to  
> engage with people developing standards, implementing cryptography,  
> etc. So there is certainly interest and appetite from individuals  
> within ECRYPT for providing input to CFRG.
> One immediate item that may be of interest to CFRG is the annual  
> ECRYPT report on key lengths and algorithms, which is available here:
> http://www.ecrypt.eu.org/documents.html
> Another item of possible interest is the following ECRYPT co- 
> sponsored workshop happening in Cambridge (UK) in Jan/Feb 2012:
> Is Cryptographic Theory Practically Relevant?
> http://www.newton.ac.uk/programmes/SAS/sasw07.html

thanks for pointing this workshop out to the list.  I had noticed it  
and was thinking that I should aim to get some engagement with CFRG,  
considering that the agenda of "theory -> practice" lines up well with  
the RG charter.

> I am co-organizer of this workshop - so if someone from CFRG is  
> available to present, s/he would be more than welcome to have a slot!

This is a kind offer, and if no one else from CFRG is able to attend,  
I think that I could put together a worthwhile contribution.  If the  
offer still holds, how about we discuss offline what sort of  
contribution would be most valuable?


> Regards,
> Kenny
>> Hi Simon,
>> On Nov 22, 2011, at 4:56 AM, Simon Josefsson wrote:
>>> David,
>>> I have no concerns other than a general preference for attempting to
>>> enlarge the pond a bit and find someone with experience from the
>>> or CRYPTREC efforts, for example.  I do realize that there may not  
>>> be
>>> huge pool of volunteers with free time to chose from, however, so we
>>> should be grateful for Kevin's offer.
>> agreed, global engagement is the right goal, and we should figure out
>> ways to get more engagement and involvement from ECRYPT and
>> CRYPTREC.   One thought is: we can solict input to the RG from those
>> groups and other similar groups.  Having a presentation at physical
>> meeting might be the best way to get interaction going.  I bet that
>> there are people on the list who participate in some of those groups,
>> and it would be great to hear from them.
>> David
> ------
> Kenneth G. Paterson,
> Information Security Group,
> Royal Holloway, University of London,
> Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX, U.K.
> e-mail: kenny.paterson@rhul.ac.uk
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