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TCC Test-of-Time Award goes to Silvio Micali and Leonid Reyzin

March 25th, 2015 in BUSec, Recent News

Professor Silvio Micali (MIT) and Professor Leonid Reyzin (Boston University) were presented with the TCC Test-of-Time Award for their paper on cryptography. Their paper, Physically Observable Cryptography  (2004), specifically received this award for pioneering a mathematical foundation of cryptography in the presence of information leakage in physical systems.

The TCC Award is given to a selected few by the Award Committee, which consists of three to five people that rotate every three years. As of 2015 the members include Ronald Cramer (CWI & Leiden University), Daniele Micciancio (USCD), and Tal Rabin- Chair (IBM Research).

For more information about the new Test-of-Time award, including information on nominating a paper, please see the page at



BFOC ’13 (Boston Freedom in Online Communications Day)

February 11th, 2013 in BUSec, Recent News


The Internet offers great promise for improving the communication capabilities of citizens, but our increasing dependence on networked communications also makes it easier for organizations and governments to control, monitor, and block communications. The growing trend toward blocking, tampering, or otherwise restricting communications on the Internet calls for improved techniques both for monitoring the state of restrictions on Internet content and communications, in order to inform users, and for circumventing attempts to censor, degrade, or otherwise tamper with Internet communications.

Many researchers and practitioners in the Boston area are engaged in studying, detecting, or circumventing practices that inhibit free and open communications on the Internet. Building on the success of many recent Boston and NYC “Days” (e.g. this, this and this), the main purposes of BFOC is to encourage collaboration between local researchers and practitioners in technology, law, and policy that are working in this area.

Date / Location
BFOC 2013 will be held at the Photonics Center, Colloquium Room (Room 906), Boston University, 8 St. Mary’s St., 9th floor, Boston, MA on Friday, March 8, 2013 from 9:00 AM. to 5:00 PM.

Attendance is free and onsite registration is available. Register online now

Call for presentations
For short talks and posters, send an email to by Thursday, February 21 2013, including a brief (<300 word) description of your work, along with an indication of a preference for the work to be presented as a short talk or a poster, or be considered for both. We will select a number of short talks and put together a poster session.

Organizing Information
BFOC 2013 is generously hosted by the Hariri Institute and the Center for Reliable Information Systems and Cyber Security at Boston University. The organizing committee is Sharon Goldberg (Boston University) and Nick Feamster (Georgia Tech).

Program: To be held at the Photonics Center, Colloquium Room (Room 906), Boston University, 8 St. Mary’s St., 9th floor, Boston, MA

9:00 – 9:20 Breakfast.
9:30 – 9:40 Welcome.
9:40 – 10:20 Andrew Lewman, Executive Director, The Tor Project. “Internet
Surveillance, Freedom, and You. Or everyone on the Internet knows you’re a dog.” video1 video2
10:20-11:00 Timothy Edgar. The Watson Institute, Brown University. “Cyber Conflict, Privacy and Internet Freedom”
11:00-11:25 Coffee Break.
11:25 – 12:45 Network measurement: short talks (10 minutes each).
Phillipa Gill, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto & Stonybrook University. “Characterizing Web Censorship Worldwide”
Sam Burnett, Georgia Tech. “Measuring network censorship from BISmark home routers”
Greg Wiseman, Citizen Lab, University of Toronto & Jeffrey Knockel, University of New Mexico.“Chat Program Censorship and Surveillance in China: Tracking TOM-Skype and Sina UC”
Aniko Hannák, Northeastern. “Measuring Personalization of Web Search”
Nick Feamster, Georgia Tech. “Exposing Inconsistent Web Search Results with Bobble”
12:00 – 1:30 Lunch.
1:45 – 3:20 Circumvention: short talks (10 minutes each).
Adam Holland, Chilling Effects. “The Chilling Effects Clearinghouse”
Eric Wustrow, University of Michigan. “Telex”
Danny Cooper, Boston University.
“Impacting IP Prefix Reachability via RPKI Manipulations”
Adam ONeill, Boston University.“Bi-Deniable Encryption”
Lakshmi Subramanian , NYU. “Cryptagram”
Deb Nicholson, MediaGoblin. “We are Legion: Decentralizing the Web”
3:20 – 3:50 Coffee Break.
3:50 – 4:20 Hans Klein, Georgia Tech School of Public Policy. “The New Challenge to Online Freedom: Information Manipulation and Propaganda”
4:20 – 5:00 Discussion & Wrap-up.

Leo Reyzin, Dec 12

August 20th, 2012 in BUSec

Information-Theoretic Key Agreement from Close Secrets: A Survey
Speaker: Leo Reyzin

Suppose Alice and Bob start with values w and w’, respectively, that are close according to some metric and are partially secret from the adversary. They want to agree on a key that is completely secret, without using any computational assumptions. This problem has been studied for over 25 years and has multiple applications, from quantum key agreement to user authentication to hardware security. The talk surveys some of the work in this area.

Ran Canetti wins NSF grant for research on cryptographic algorithms and protocols

August 6th, 2012 in BUSec, Recent News

The $480K NSF grant will support research on “New Directions in Cryptography: Non-Black-Box Techniques against Non-Black-Box Attacks.” Read more.