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MSRI / AMS Congressional Lunch Briefing: "Cryptography: How to Enable Privacy in a Data-Driven World" with Dr. Shafi Goldwasser December 06, 2017 (09:00 AM PST - 10:30 AM PST)
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Location: Washington, D.C.: Capitol Visitor Center, HVC 215

"Cryptography: How to Enable Privacy in a Data-Driven World"

Featuring Dr. Shafi Goldwasser (Massachusetts Institute of Technology / Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, University of California, Berkeley)

December 6, 2017
12:00-1:30 PM Eastern Time

Washington, D.C.HVC 215, Capitol Visitor Center
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‚ÄčRSVP by Tuesday, November 28th to amsdc@ams.org. 

Lunch will be served. Space is limited at this widely attended public event.


MSRI and the American Mathematical Society cordially invite you to join a lunch briefing on Capitol Hill, featuring Shafi Goldwasser of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and incoming Director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley.

In the last 40 years, the field of cryptography has shown how to use basic mathematics to enable secure electronic commerce. Nowadays, we are faced with a new challenge. Medical breakthroughs, smart infrastructure, economic growth by clever consumer targeting, and surveillance for national security, have become possible due to the enormous amounts of data collected on individuals. Yet, this data collection seems to stand in contradiction to patients' rights, consumers' privacy, unfair pricing, and the basic 'Right to be Left Alone'. The question is, can mathematics and technology make it possible to maintain privacy and make progress at the same time? We will show how modern encryption methods, zero-knowledge proofs, and multi-party secure computation go a long way to get the best of both worlds.

Speaker Biography
Dr. Shafi Goldwasser is the RSA Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Goldwasser's pioneering contributions include the introduction of zero-knowledge interactive proofs, protocols, and multi-party secure protocols, which are key technologies for online identification, utilizing blockchains for distributed transactions and for data-intensive collaborations in regulated industries. Dr. Goldwasser was the recipient of the ACM Turing Award for 2012, the highest award given in the field of computer science, as well as the Gödel Prize in 1993 and 2001, the ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award, the RSA Award in Mathematics, the ACM Athena Award for women in computer science, the Benjamin Franklin Medal, and the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award. She is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the Israeli Academy of Science, and the Russian Academy of Science. She is an honorary member of the London Royal Mathematical Society and holds honorary degrees from universities around the world.
Goldwasser received a B.S. degree in applied mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1979, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1984. She will be joining the University of California, Berkeley in 2017 as the Director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing.

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