Cryptography Primer Session 6: Tools and Applications

This will be the sixth and final cryptography primer session exploring the basics of modern cryptography. In this session, we’ll explore some high-level tools that employ cryptographic techniques including zero-knowledge, secret sharing, and homomorphic encryption. We’ll then pull these tools together into the application of developing a verifiable election system wherein voters can check that their votes are properly counted without compromising their privacy.

Speaker Details

Josh Benaloh is Senior Cryptographer at Microsoft Research. He earned his S.B. degree at M.I.T. and M.S., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees at Yale University where his doctoral dissertation Verifiable Secret-Ballot Elections made the first substantive use of homomorphic encryption techniques and introduced a new paradigm for achieving election integrity. Josh serves as an elected director of the International Association for Cryptologic Research and an editor of the Journal of Election Technologies and Systems. He also serves on Microsoft’s Crypto Board and its PKI Working Group and in his copious spare time serves as Chair of Sound Transit’s Citizen Oversight Panel.

Josh Benaloh

Series: Microsoft Research Talks