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MEDIA ADVISORY: In the Wake of NSA Eavesdropping Reports, Can Cyber-Privacy Be Preserved?

Johns Hopkins Experts to Address Future Security of Electronic Communication

Sept. 17, 2013
Media Contact: Phil Sneiderman
Office: (443) 997-9907; Cell: (410) 299-7462

WHAT: Recent news reports stated that the National Security Agency has pursued new methods that have allowed the agency to monitor telephone and online communication, encrypted information that was thought to be virtually immune to eavesdropping. What steps can and should computer scientists take in response to this privacy threat? How will the recent revelations affect the future of cryptography—the field of encoding and decoding electronic communication and transmissions for the purposes of privacy, reliability and efficiency? To address these questions, the Johns Hopkins University Information Security Institute will host an hour-long roundtable discussion this week at the university’s Homewood campus in Baltimore. Prominent cyber-security experts from the institute will participate.

WHEN: 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.

WHERE: The Clipper Room on the second floor of Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218. Shriver Hall is Building 3 on this campus map: http://www.parking.jhu.edu/images/JHU_Homewood_Parking_Map_070828_1.pdf

WHO: The loosely structured roundtable discussion will be moderated by Anton Dahbura, interim executive director of the Information Security Institute, and Avi Rubin, the institute’s technical director. Other participants will include Matthew Green, Stephen Checkoway and Giuseppe Ateniese. All of these cyber-security experts are affiliates of the Information Security Institute and faculty members in the university’s Department of Computer Science within the Whiting School of Engineering.

ONLINE VIEWING: The event will be streamed live. The link to the Adobe Connect session is https://connect.johnshopkins.edu/jhuisicrypto/. It also will be recorded, to be posted online later on YouTube.


NOTE: Seating at this public event will be limited. Members of the media who plan to cover the discussion are asked to RSVP to Phil Sneiderman, prs@jhu.edu.


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