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9 May 2017
The O*NET Data Collection Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (https://www.doleta.gov/programs/onet/), is seeking the input of expert Mathematicians and Cryptographers. As the nation’s most comprehensive source of occupational data, O*NET is a free resource for millions of job seekers, employers, veterans, educators, and students at www.onetonline.org. O*NET particularly needs input from Cryptographers.

You have the opportunity to participate in this important initiative as it will help ensure that the complexities of your profession are described accurately in the O*NET Database for the American public for career exploration and job analysis.

Mathematicians

Description: Conduct research in fundamental mathematics or in application of mathematical techniques to science, management, and other fields. Solve problems in various fields using mathematical methods.

You are considered an Occupation Expert if you meet the following criteria:
  • At least 5 years of experience with the occupation. Includes those who are now supervising, teaching, or training IF you have at least one year of practice during your career.
  • Currently active in the occupation (practicing, supervising, teaching and/or training) and based in the U.S.
If you meet these criteria and are interested in participating as an occupation expert, please email or call Tammy Belcher at the O*NET Operations Center at RTI International (the O*NET data collection contractor) 877-233-7348 ext. 119 or tbelcher@onet.rti.org and provide the following:
  • Name/ # years of experience
  • Address with city and state
  • Daytime phone number
  • Email address
  • Do you have at least one year of practice in the occupation and are you still active?
Process and Participation Incentive: A random sample of experts responding to this request will be invited to complete a set of questionnaires (paper or online versions available). $40.00 in cash and a certificate of appreciation from the U.S. Department of Labor will be included with the questionnaires.

We encourage you to consider helping to keep information about your profession accurate and current for the benefit of our colleagues and the nation. Thank you very much for your support.

(Dr. Laurie Cluff of RTI, International is leading this program of data collection from occupation experts. If you have questions or concerns, she may be reached by phone, at (919) 541-6514, or by e-mail, at lcluff@rti.org. Thank you for your time and consideration.)
29 January 2017
Statement from the International Association of Cryptologic Research (IACR)
Condemning the U.S. President’s 2017-01-27 Executive Order Barring Entry into the U.S. of Citizens from Seven Muslim-Majority Countries


Approved by the IACR board of directors, January 29, 2017

The International Association of Cryptologic Research (IACR) is the scientific organization dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of cryptology worldwide. Our members contribute to the advance of critical information security techniques. These work toward making the Internet safe, protecting e-commerce, securing computer storage, and enabling the safe use of mobile phones. Members of the IACR, who come from around the world, developed many of the cryptographic methods that have been standardized by the USA’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and which are in use worldwide, such as the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

The IACR strongly opposes U.S. President Donald Trump’s Executive Order suspending visas to nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries. We declare such actions, which hurt international collaboration, to pose a concrete and direct threat to our mission, and to the continued international contributions of our members to society, industry, and government.

The open exchange of ideas is essential to the work the IACR does, and to the advance of scientific knowledge and technology more broadly. The open exchange of ideas requires freedom of movement — as when non-U.S. citizens attend IACR-sponsored conferences held in the USA, a completely routine activity.

All individuals are entitled to participate in IACR conferences, regardless of their country of origin. Barring citizens of out-of-favor countries from entering the United States sunders basic scientific and community norms. These norms were strained even before the executive action, with many scholars facing untoward barriers to getting U.S. visas.

The United States itself benefits from participation in the international academic community, as when international graduate students and postdoctoral scholars study at U.S. universities, and when non-U.S. professors visit the U.S. to collaborate on research or share their knowledge. Our community’s work, which often involves teams from many countries, directly contributes to the successful efforts of U.S. industry.

Running an international scientific society that contributes to innovations in science and technology is not easy. The implications of this executive order are unpredictable. In response to it, other nations may take similar actions, making it impossible for U.S. scientists to attend conferences in other countries.

In the end, this unhelpful and destructive executive order only hurts the United States. The IACR calls for it to be immediately rescinded.
26 December 2016
Dear IACR members,

As a turbulent 2016 nears its end, I would like to give you an update of current IACR activities.

First, let me thank all organizers of the eight (!) IACR conferences in 2016. They are all volunteers and take up the tremendous work of creating an event with 100s of participants and a program selected from 100s of submissions. All conferences ran smoothly and left lasting impressions.

The most recent conference I attended was Asiacrypt in Hanoi, with 2^8 participants and the first cryptology conference of IACR in Vietnam. Asiacrypt has been organized by IACR since 2000; the earlier Asiacrypt/Auscrypt conferences were predecessors to the ownership by IACR. However, Vietnamese cryptanalysts discovered in the logo of Asiacrypt 2016 that the IACR has always been part of AsIACRypt.

After the 2016 election, the Board of Directors will see a couple of new faces for 2017 onward: Welcome, Francois-Xavier Standaert and Joppe Bos; and welcome again Shai Halevi and Brian LaMacchia! In their roles as General Chairs of 2018 conferences, also Orr Dunkelman (Eurocrypt), Tal Rabin (Crypto), and Josef Pieprzyk (Asiacrypt) will join the Board. And Kenny Paterson takes over from Ivan Damgaard as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cryptology.

At the same time, let me thank the leaving Board members for their longstanding service to the IACR: Nigel Smart, Martijn Stam, Christof Paar, and David Pointcheval have contributed to the organization for several decades taken together. They will enjoy future events with less responsibilities.

One important development in 2016 has been the creation of the IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology (ToSC). ToSC is published as gold open access and freely available, published in electronic form by the Ruhr University of Bochum, with Gregor Leander as Managing Editor. ToSC is now available at http://tosc.iacr.org. (Sorry, HTTPS-everywhere enthusiasts, we only have HTTP for this at the moment.) The FSE conference and ToSC operate as a journal/conference hybrid and papers published in ToSC are presented at FSE.

The dates and details of IACR's future events appear on the website as they become available. The minutes of the Board meetings and the summary presentations that I give at each Asia/Euro/Crypto conference are available on the website as well, under About > Documents.

I wish you all the best for 2017 and am looking forward to seeing many of you at the next conferences!

Christian Cachin
IACR President
23 August 2016

Greetings from the IACR! It is now a few days since Crypto 2016 wrapped up. For those of you who weren't able to make it to the membership meeting, here are some of the important things you missed. You can see IACR President Christian Cachin's complete slides from the membership meeting at https://www.iacr.org/docs/minutes/minutes.html.

2016 IACR Election

The 2016 IACR election is being held to fill all four IACR Officer positions (president, vice president, treasurer, secretary) and three of nine IACR Director positions. Nominations are due by September 24, 2016. Information about the vacant positions and a nomination form can be found at https://www.iacr.org/elections/2016/.

2018 IACR Distinguished Lecture

The board has selected Mitsuru Matsui to give the 2018 IACR Distinguished Lecture. The lecture will be delivered at Asiacrypt 2018 (December) in Brisbane, Australia. Information about the IACR Distinguished Lectures can be found at https://www.iacr.org/publications/dl/.

New Cryptology ePrint Archive editor

Nigel Smart has stepped down as co-editor of ePrint. We thank him for his dedicated service to the community. He is replaced by Tancrède Lepoint, who joins Alexandra Boldyreva as the current ePrint co-editors.

Future Events

Two upcoming IACR events have been recently approved by the board:

  • CHES 2017 will be in Taipei, Taiwan (September 26-28). Bo-Yin Yang & Chen-Mou Cheng will be general chairs, while Naofumi Homma & Wieland Fischer will be program co-chairs.
  • TCC 2017 will be at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA (November 13-15). Abhishek Jain will be general chair, while Yael Kalai & Leonid Reyzin will be program co-chairs.

Upcoming deadlines:

29 July 2016
Dear IACR members,

With the annual CRYPTO conference coming up soon, I would like to inform you about some recent developments in the IACR.

Journal of Cryptology - Reviewers of the Year

Ivan Damgaard as the current Editor-in-Chief of the journal has awarded the title of "Reviewer of the Year" at Eurocrypt. He actually designated two colleagues for being his most reliable and helpful reviewers, with the following details:
  • Vincent Rijmen, 9/9 accepted invitations, 7 completed on time, 1 late, 1 ongoing
  • Jens Groth, 8/8 accepted invitations, 6 completed on time, 1 late, 1 ongoing
Congratulations!

Journal of Cryptology - Kenny Paterson new Editor-in-Chief

Ivan Damgaard is resigning from the position of Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cryptology. On behalf of all IACR members I would like to thank Ivan for his dedication to the journal and for his work with moving to the online submission and reviewing system.

To replace him, the Board has recently appointed Kenny Paterson as Editor in Chief for the Journal of Cryptology, for a 3-year period starting in January 2017. Congratulations!

IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology (ToSC)

Earlier this year the IACR has also decided to change the publication format for the yearly FSE conference to a conference-journal hybrid. The newly established IACR Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology (ToSC) will be a journal with a rapid and strict reviewing schedule.

Publication of a paper in ToSC during the year will give the authors an opportunity to present the result at the next FSE. Publication will be online and all content is available freely (Gold Open-Access). There will be four submission deadlines, four review periods, and four issues yearly.

For more information about ToSC, please visit the temporary website: iacr.org/transactions/tosc/.

IACR Cryptology Schools

The IACR schools program sponsors educational schools aimed at graduate students. The grants allow organizers to invite speakers or pay for fixed costs. Proposals can be submitted by Dec. 31 and by June 30; a description of the schools program appears at iacr.org/schools.

As there were no proposals received by the recent deadline of June 30 this year, we extend this deadline to August 31, 2016. Details about submissions are explained on the website.

Conference locations and appointments

At its meeting during Eurocrypt 2016 in Vienna, the Board has received two very strong proposals for future Eurocrypts. Exceptionally it has decided to fix the location of a Eurocrypt conference three years ahead:
  • Eurocrypt 2018, 29 Apr-3 May, Tel Aviv (IL), with Orr Dunkelman as General Chair
  • Eurocrypt 2019, Apr/May, Darmstadt (DE), with Marc Fischlin as General Chair
Furthermore, the Board has appointed as Program Co-Chairs:
  • Thomas Peyrin as Program Co-Chair of Asiacrypt 2017-18
  • Hovav Shacham as Program Co-Chair of CRYPTO 2017-18
Awards for cryptographers

Excellent people from our discipline continue to be recognized by prominent awards, which cover researchers from a much broader domain. After several ACM Turing Awards, the most recent one this year, it is my pleasure to congratulate two colleagues:
  • Tal Rabin has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
  • Brent Waters has received the 2015 Grace Murray Hopper Award for the introduction and development of the concepts of attribute-based and functional encryption.
Asiacrypt 2016

Last but not least, the planning for this year's Asiacrypt in Hanoi (4-8 Dec) is progressing well. See the website for all further information: www.asiacrypt2016.com.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Santa Barbara or in Hanoi.

Best regards,

Christian Cachin
President, IACR
2 February 2016
Dear IACR members,

The past year has again seen vibrant research activity in cryptology and many successful IACR events. For example, the IACR Cryptology Schools program has gained momentum with four schools sponsored in 2015. Another significant change was the introduction of parallel sessions at Eurocrypt, Crypto, and Asiacrypt to cope with the increased number of high-quality papers (more on that later). Last but not least, Alexandra Boldyreva has joined as co-editor of the Cryptology ePrint Archive, replacing Tal Rabin.

Board of Directors

As it happens every year, the composition of the Board has changed for 2016. I'd like to thank the leaving Board members, Svetla Petkova-Nikova, Steven Galbraith, Thomas Ristenpart, and Tom Berson, for their contributions to the IACR and to cryptology research.

A very special *thank you* from my side goes to Tom Berson, Fellow of the IACR, former president, secretary and much more: He was among the founding members of this association and has held almost every position since 1983; though his work in building the IACR he helped the individuals in the field make careers in research and technology; his dedication to the organization positioned cryptology to become an independent and vibrant domain today. We are sure he will enjoy board-meeting-free Sundays at the conferences in the future!

Joining the Board are three colleagues: Phil Rogaway has been newly elected to the Board in 2015, Steven Myers and SM Yiu join in their roles as General Chairs of Crypto and Asiacrypt in 2017 -- welcome!

Conference attendance

As many members have asked about attendance at our conferences I am including here the attendee counts at the 2015 events:

Asiacrypt 2015: 200
CHES 2015: 448
Crypto 2015: 322
Eurocrypt 2015: 324
FSE 2015: 136
PKC 2015: 144
TCC 2015: 145


Referendum on parallel sessions and bylaws modifications

The Board had suggested for many years that Program Chairs find a way to accommodate the increased number of submitted papers, including organizing parallel sessions. In 2014 the Board asked the Program Chairs of the 2015 general conferences (Eurocrypt, Crypto, Asiacrypt) directly to introduce parallel sessions in the program. The echo at the conferences was positive. As promised before we will now organize a formal membership vote on the question of continuing with parallel sessions like this.

With the same referendum we also propose to change the bylaws in minor ways. The document currently distinguishes between "IACR conferences" (Eurocrypt, Crypto, Asiacrypt) and "IACR workshops" (CHES, FSE, PKC, TCC). Since the latter have by far surpassed the common notion of a workshop in scope and attendance, we will rename them to "IACR Area Conferences". Some further small changes are also proposed.

You will receive email form the Helios voting system with your credential to vote. The full text of the referendums appears at iacr.org/elections/2016-vote/announcement.html.

Conferences

The first IACR conference in 2016 has already taken place (TCC 2016-A in Tel Aviv). Our next conferences are:
  • Public Key Cryptography, March 6-March 9, 2016, Taipei, Taiwan.
    http://troll.iis.sinica.edu.tw/pkc16/
  • Fast Software Encryption, March 20-March 23, 2016, Bochum, Germany.
    http://fse.rub.de/
  • Eurocrypt 2016, May 8-May 12, 2016, Vienna, Austria
    http://ist.ac.at/eurocrypt2016/
I am looking forward to seeing many of you at the IACR events this year.

Closing

This is *your* IACR: Please share your feedback and suggestions for improving IACR's services. Contact me, other Board members, the conference chairs, and feel free to use other communication channels.

Best regards,

Christian Cachin
President, IACR
21 September 2015

Hello IACR members,

We hope this news update finds you well. There are several items of news to report from the world of IACR:

  1. IACR Museum of Historic Papers in Cryptology
  2. Nominations for 2015 Election
  3. Streamlined Access to IACR Publications
  4. ia.cr URL Shortener
  5. Membership Meetings & Upcoming Events
IACR Museum of Historic Papers in Cryptology

We are pleased to announce a new Museum of Historic Papers in Cryptology. In the past century, the intertwining of cryptology with national security has made it difficult to get access to some original source material from the beginnings of modern cryptology. Beyond that, the fragility of paper and human memory have further obscured the picture. The IACR's Museum of Cryptology will try to fill in some of the gaps by being a repository for older research papers that have not been otherwise published for the public.

The first paper in the museum is Claude Shannon's 1945 report, A Mathematical Theory of Cryptography. It has been re-typeset in LaTeX by IACR fellow Whitfield Diffie, and is available in the museum with permission from Alcatel. We are in the process of adding several more papers in the following months, and welcome further suggestions.

The museum is available at iacr.org/museum/.

Nominations for 2015 Election

The 2015 IACR election is being held to fill 3 of 9 elected IACR Director positions. Nominations for the election are due very soon, September 24! Information about the open positions and the nomination process is available at iacr.org/elections/2015/.

Streamlined Access to IACR Publications

We remind all IACR members that they can access Journal of Cryptology and conference/workshop proceedings volumes for free, as part of the IACR agreement with Springer. In addition, the "IACR version" of many proceedings volumes older than two years are available for free to the general public.

We have created a new centralized portal to access all of these IACR publications. Check it out at iacr.org/publications/access.php. If you use old bookmarks to access the IACR publications, they should automatically redirect to this new portal.

ia.cr URL Shortener

We have recently acquired the ia.cr domain name and are now using it to offer short URLs for all ePrint reports. You will now see a "Short URL" listed among the information for each ePrint report, for example: ia.cr/2005/187. We expect that the time saved from this 41% decrease in characters will significantly advance the state of the art of cryptology in the upcoming years.

Membership Meetings & Upcoming Events

The President's slides from the CRYPTO 2015 membership meeting and the minutes from the Eurocrypt 2015 membership meeting are available at www.iacr.org/docs/minutes/. Highlights from the CRYPTO membership meeting include the announcement of several new events:

  • CHES 2016 will take place 16-19 Aug in UCSB.
  • Eurocrypt 2017 will take place 15-18 May in Paris.
The following IACR workshop has also very recently been approved by the IACR board:
  • TCC 2016-B will take place 1-3 Nov in Beijing.
Because TCC is moving in the calendar, there will be two TCC events in 2016. TCC 2016-A will take place in Tel Aviv in January. For a list of all IACR events, see www.iacr.org/events/.

Thanks for reading! We hope to see you at an IACR event soon,
Mike Rosulek (IACR communications secretary)

5 August 2015
Two announcements:

(1) CRYPTO 2015 is less than two weeks away, and the proceedings are now available. Through our arrangement with Springer, IACR members can access the proceedings for free online (http://www.iacr.org/services/springer.php). You will need to login with your IACR membership credentials.

In addition to traditional PDFs, this year Springer is also offering HTML and ePub versions of the proceedings. We hope this improves your experience on a wider variety of devices.

(2) Tal Rabin is stepping down as co-editor of the ePrint Archive after 7.5 years of service. We thank her for her diligent service over a period of time that saw ePrint roughly double in publication volume.

We are also pleased to announce that Alexandra (Sasha) Boldyreva has agreed to take over as the new co-editor of ePrint. Nigel Smart remains as the other co-editor.
6 July 2015

Dear IACR members,

The Australian government has recently enacted its Defence Trade Controls Act (DTCA) which places export controls on cryptographic technologies. As it contains no exemption for ordinary research & teaching, the act apparently criminalizes the scholarly activities of our Australian colleagues.

The IACR has drafted a petition in response to this legislation (https://www.iacr.org/petitions/australia-dtca/). If you are an IACR member, we encourage you to add your signature. With enough support, we hope to contribute to an improvement to the situation in Australia.

As this is the first petition hosted by the IACR, we welcome your feedback. Please send comments to petitions@iacr.org.

2 July 2015

Registration for CRYPTO 2015 is now open (https://www.iacr.org/conferences/crypto2015/registration.html), which makes it a good time to let you know about a few important updates.

Paper delivery of the Journal of Cryptology is now *opt-in*. If you would like to receive hard-copy JoC editions, you must update your membership info. You can update proactively via the membership info form (https://secure.iacr.org/membership/members/update.html) or when paying your membership dues for 2016 during conference registration. If you have already paid your membership dues for 2016 you can still opt in and pay at a later time.

We have made some changes in how IACR membership records are stored internally. As a result, there is a small chance you will be asked to reset your password when authenticating. You will need access to the email address of record associated with your membership. If you experience problems, please contact the membership secretary at database@iacr.org.

21 June 2015

Open Letter to the Hon'ble President of India

The International Association of Cryptologic Research (IACR) is dismayed by reports of Professor Bimal Roy being dismissed in all but name as Director of the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata. Professor Roy has been a driving force in advancing the important field of cryptology in India, elevating its visibility to international level. Cryptology is a prime application of statistical and probabilistic methods.

The IACR confirms that Professor Roy deserves great recognition for his service to India and to the field of cryptology. He devoted his career to strengthening India's standing in this timely, fast advancing field. Removing him from this position one month before the appointment expires is an act that has put India in a shameful and awkward position in front of the international community of cryptology research and of mathematics in general.

The International Association of Cryptologic Research
June 21, 2015

19 June 2015
Videos from FSE 2013 are now online.
13 June 2015
The IACR has recently started sponsoring select Cryptology Schools. If you would like to propose an IACR-sponsored school that takes place on/before February 2016, then your last chance to submit proposals is June 30. The next round of proposals is not until December 31. More information about the application process can be found at http://www.iacr.org/schools/.
12 May 2015
Dear IACR Member,

We are conducting a study on the verifiability aspects of e-voting and specifically the verifiability features of Helios, the system used in IACR elections. It will only take a couple of seconds to complete the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3C7YCGL

The results and analysis of the survey will be made available to the community. The study is conducted by the U. of Athens Crypto.Sec group http://crypto.di.uoa.gr No personal information of any form is collected in this study.

IACR webmaster
6 April 2015

The IACR has selected 6 new members to be recognized as Fellows of the IACR. The 2015 Fellows are (in alphabetical order):

  • Ernie Brickell, for founding the Journal of Cryptology, for industrial implementations supporting privacy, and for contributions to secret sharing, attestation, and the cryptanalysis of knapsack-based cryptosystems.
  • Joe Kilian, for ingenious contributions to areas including primality testing, secure computation, oblivious transfer, interactive proofs, zero knowledge, and watermarking.
  • Kaisa Nyberg, for fundamental contributions to the design and analysis of block ciphers, for contributions to mobile phone security, and for service to the IACR.
  • Tatsuaki Okamoto, for theoretical and practical contributions to areas including encryption, signatures, identification, elliptic-curve cryptosystems, zero knowledge, and electronic cash, and for service to the IACR.
  • Bart Preneel, for outstanding service to the IACR, for numerous research contributions, for sustained educational leadership, and for effectively leading the European cryptologic research community.
  • Tal Rabin, for contributions to the theory of multiparty computation, encryption, and signatures, and for leadership on cryptographic research within industry.

In 2004, the IACR established the IACR Fellows Program to recognize outstanding IACR members for technical and professional contributions that:

  • Advance the science, technology, and practice of cryptology and related fields;
  • Promote the free exchange of ideas and information about cryptology and related fields;
  • Develop and maintain the professional skill and integrity of individuals in the cryptologic community;
  • Advance the standing of the cryptologic community in the wider scientific and technical world and promote fruitful relationships between the IACR and other scientific and technical organizations.
In general, two broad categories of accomplishment will be considered: technical contributions and distinguished service to the cryptologic community. Fellows are expected to be "model citizens" of the cryptologic community, and thus most of them will have demonstrated sustained and significant accomplishment in both categories, but a very small number may be chosen for unique and crucial accomplishment in one category only.

More information about the Fellows program, including the list of all Fellows, can be found at http://iacr.org/fellows/.

25 March 2015

Starting this year, the IACR is introducing an annual TCC Test-of-Time (ToT) award. The award recognizes outstanding papers, published in TCC at least eight years ago, making a significant contribution to the theory of cryptography, preferably with influence also in other area of cryptography, theory, and beyond. The inaugural 2015 TCC ToT award was announced this week at the TCC business meeting in Warsaw. The winners are Silvio Micali and Leonid Reyzin, for their paper "Physically Observable Cryptography" from TCC 2004. The award committee recognized Micali and Reyzin "for pioneering a mathematical foundation of cryptography in the presence of information leakage in physical systems."

For more information about the new Test-of-Time award, including information on nominating a paper, please see the page at http://www.iacr.org/workshops/tcc/awards.html.

Dear members of the IACR

With the spring conference season in full swing, you have certainly noticed a few changes in IACR's workshops and conferences.

Online proceedings

The online proceedings of TCC 2015 and PKC 2015 are now available to members via the IACR online library at http://www.iacr.org/services/springer.php

Based on IACR's arrangement with Springer, we install access for members to conference proceedings as soon as these are available, which is usually a few weeks before the event. We also implement online access to everyone during the time of the conference and this is valid for a few weeks afterwards. Technically, this uses "referer" authorization, where the general chair includes a link to the online proceedings in the conference website.

In that context, recall that all IACR proceedings four years and older are available as "Gold Open Access" (that is, openly from the publisher's online library), and the younger ones are "Green Open Access."

Submission format:

Compared to when IACR started to publish conference proceedings, authors are nowadays formatting the "final" versions of papers almost by themselves; based on common tools and style files, the result also looks much more uniform than 30 years ago. Discussions among authors, program chairs, the Board of Directors, and conference reviewers during 2014 have now resulted in a change to the "traditional" submission format of N pages, 11pt font, and A4/letter size. For EUROCRYPT and CRYPTO in 2015, the LNCS style of the final version has been preferred or even declared mandatory. As could be expected, this change has created some confusion, but we trust that this was just a transition effect.

The Board, as the representative of all IACR members, acknowledges that there should be continuity across IACR publications. A corresponding policy is being worked out right now and should be adopted uniformly by the community. The main reason to format submissions in the same way as the final accepted version is to make transparent to readers, as well as to reviewers, that the published version and the reviewed version correspond to each other in length and scope. However, no bound on "supplementary material" is foreseen and authors are still strongly encouraged to revise and improve their submissions based on the feedback received.

Parallel sessions:

As explained in my news update from September last year, the Board has asked EUROCRYPT, CRYPTO, and ASIACRYPT to organize parallel sessions for a significant part of the program. EUROCRYPT in Sofia will be the first IACR conference with parallel sessions, and I invite you to check out the program on the website. At the end of this year, we will hold a referendum among the IACR membership for deciding whether the format should be kept like this.

Cryptology Schools:

The Board has approved funding for the following IACR Cryptology Schools:

  1. SAC Summer School (S3). August 10--12, 2015, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. Contact: Orr Dunkelman and Liam Keliher
  2. School on Computer-Aided Cryptography: sometime between May 20th and July 10th, 2015, University of Maryland. Contact: Benedikt Schmidt
See the website http://www.iacr.org/schools/ for more information and other upcoming schools.

Closing:

Before I close, let me congratulate Craig Gentry for receiving a MacArthur "genius grant" last year, the first member of our community to receive this prestigious award.

The TCC annual Test of Time (ToT) award was presented for the first time during TCC 2015 this week. This award is given to TCC papers of yore that withstood the test of time. The winners were Silvio Micali and Leonid Reyzin, for their paper "Physically Observable Cryptography" from TCC 2004, receiving the award "for pioneering a mathematical foundation of cryptography in the presence of information leakage in physical systems."

Moreover, TCC has decided to shift its date to fall, and the conference will move there in steps, with TCC 2016 being in January. The Board has recently approved the proposal to hold TCC 2016 in January 2016 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Best regards,

Christian Cachin, IACR President

19 December 2014

In 2014, IACR started to sponsor a small number of Cryptology Schools providing intensive training on clearly identified topics in cryptology. The aim of this program is to develop awareness and increased capacity for research in cryptology.

A Cryptology School is typically held full-time for 4-5 days of intensive learning and constitutes an efficient way to provide high-quality training for graduate students, as well as for professionals. Attendance should be open to anyone who is interested and qualified. In order to facilitate learning, a school is usually taught by a few domain experts with a focus on educating the audience rather than impressing with results. In line with the mission of IACR, a Cryptology School should enable the audience to advance the theory and practice of cryptology and related fields.

There are two rounds of submissions every year. The submission deadlines are:

  • December 31st of year X-1: For schools that take place between March of year X and February of year X + 1.
  • June 30th of year X: For schools that take place between September of year X and August of year X + 1.
Submissions must be sent by email to schools@iacr.org.

For more information about this new program and how to prepare a proposal, please refer to http://www.iacr.org/schools/

27 October 2014
The video of Mihir Bellare's IACR distinguished lecture at Crypto is now online.
16 October 2014
In response to recent discoveries of protocol vulnerabilities and in sync with major browser producers, the IACR web server no longer supports SSLv2 and SSLv3. If you face difficulties accessing the IACR services over an encrypted connection, please contact webmaster(at)iacr.org.
16 September 2014
The proceedings of CHES 2014 are now available online. IACR members can access them from http://www.iacr.org/proceedings/ with their IACR login.
10 September 2014

Here is a brief update on IACR matters as of CRYPTO 2014.

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***Cryptography Research Fund for Students

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Thanks to the generous donation of 1 Mio. USD from Cryptography\r\nResearch Inc. (a division of Rambus) the IACR has created the\r\n*Cryptography Research Fund for Students.*

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The fund aims at promoting cryptology to students and supporting\r\nscholarly work in the field. With its help, the IACR can greatly\r\nincrease its support for students in cryptology through:

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1) Waiving the registration fee for student speakers at EUROCRYPT,\r\n CRYPTO, ASIACRYPT and, now, also at CHES, FSE, TCC and PKC;

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2) Expanding its support for Cryptology Schools (see below);

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3) Further activities, as coordinated by an Endowment Committee that\r\n oversees the fund. (Please contact its chair, Greg Rose, with more\r\n ideas.)

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The IACR has created an investment fund with a conservative strategy\r\nso that this program can be funded in perpetuity. Combined with a\r\nsmaller commitment from the IACR, the sum in the fund can support the\r\nongoing activities detailed above as well as let the capital keep\r\nup with inflation.

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***Parallel sessions

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In response to the growth of the field over the last years, the Board\r\nin 2011 sent a message to Program Chairs and Program Committees of the\r\nthree main conferences asking them \"to accept substantially more\r\npapers than used to be the case and to work with their General Chair\r\nfor the logistics to make this possible.\" As one can see from the\r\npublication statistics over the recent years\r\n(http://www.iacr.org/publications/statistics.html) the message has\r\nbeen received partially, but not uniformly implemented. As of today,\r\nthe Board believes that this effort should go further. During the\r\nrecent meeting at CRYPTO, a majority of the Board expressed the opinion\r\nthat a program of, say, 60 or more talks should be arranged at least\r\npartially in parallel sessions.

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Hence, during its meeting at CRYPTO, the Board has decided to ask the\r\nProgram Chairs and Committees of the three IACR conferences in 2015\r\n\"to have parallel sessions for a significant part of the program.\" It\r\nis intended for 2015 only. At a discussion during the membership\r\nmeeting, a vote indicated a clear majority in favor of this change for\r\n2015, but there was also a significant minority against. After\r\nASIACRYPT 2015 a referendum among the IACR membership will be held for\r\ndeciding whether the format should be kept like this.

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Per IACR\'s policy, Program Chairs and Committees are responsible for\r\nthe scientific program; the General Chairs are responsible for the\r\nlogistics and the organization. The Board guides these processes and\r\nensures continuity across IACR\'s activities.

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***Cryptology Schools

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The Board has approved funding for the first three IACR Cryptology\r\nSchools, which take place later this year and next year.

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1) School on Cryptographic Attacks (http://attackschool.di.uminho.pt/)\r\n 13-17 October 2014, Porto, Portugal

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2) School on Design and Security of Cryptographic Algorithms and Devices,\r\n 5-10 July 2015 (tentative), location to be decided.

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3) Asian Workshop on Symmetric Key Cryptography - Cryptology School,\r\n 19-22 December 2014, Chennai, India (http://ask2014.iiitd.ac.in/)

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See the website http://www.iacr.org/schools/ for more information.

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***Elections

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There will be elections for three IACR Director positions later this\r\nyear; nominations are now open and due by October 10, 2014. Please\r\nconsider running and see the announcement on the website:\r\n http://www.iacr.org/elections/2014/

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Regards,


\r\n\r\n Christian Cachin\r\n IACR President\r\n
13 June 2014

Starting in 2014, IACR will sponsor a small number of Cryptology Schools providing intensive training on clearly identified topics in cryptology. The aim of this program is to develop awareness and increased capacity for research in cryptology.

A Cryptology School is typically held full-time for 4-5 days of intensive learning and constitutes an efficient way to provide high-quality training for graduate students, as well as for professionals. Attendance should be open to anyone who is interested and qualified. In order to facilitate learning, a school is usually taught by a few domain experts with a focus on educating the audience rather than impressing with results. In line with the mission of IACR, a Cryptology School should enable the audience to advance the theory and practice of cryptology and related fields.

There are two rounds of submissions every year. The submission deadlines are:

  • December 31st of year X-1: For schools that take place between March of year X and February of year X + 1.
  • June 30th of year X: For schools that take place between September of year X and August of year X + 1.
Submissions must be sent by email to schools /at/ iacr.org.

For more information about this new program and how to prepare a proposal, please refer to http://www.iacr.org/schools/

3 June 2014

The following reviews shall help the IACR members and the community to buy books in cryptology and related areas. The full list of reviews / books is available at www.iacr.org/books

If you have any questions regarding the IACR book reviewing system, or would like to volunteer a review, please contact Edoardo Persichetti (University of Warsaw, Poland) via /books at iacr.org/.

New reviews in 2014:
  • R. Lidl, H. Niederreiter: Finite Fields (2nd Edition)
    "This volume gives a comprehensive coverage of the theory of finite fields and its most important applications such as combinatorics and coding theory. Its simple and reader-friendly style, and the inclusion of many worked examples and exercises make it suitable not only as a reference volume for the topic, but also as a textbook for a dedicated course. I highly recommend the book to any person interested in the theory of finite fields and its applications."
    Year: 2008
    ISBN: 978-0-521-06567-2
    Review by Edoardo Persichetti (Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland). (Date: 2014-01-30)
  • A. McAndrew: Introduction to Cryptography with Open-Source Software
    "This very well written book is recommended to graduate or final year undergraduate students intended to start research work on both theoretical and experimental cryptography. Most of the cryptographic protocols are illustrated by various examples and implemented using the open-source algebra software Sage. The book provides a rigorous introduction to the mathematics used in cryptographic and covers almost all modern practical cryptosystems. Also, the book is certainly a valuable resource for practitioners looking for experimental cryptography with a computer algebra system."
    Year: 2011
    ISBN: 978-1-4398-2570-9
    Review by Abderrahmane Nitaj (LMNO, Université de Caen Basse Normandie, France). (Date: 2014-02-13)
  • B. Martin: Codage, Cryptologie et Applications [French]
    "This French book succinctly describes the mathematical principles of cryptography and error correcting codes. Once these principles are introduced, the book presents their use in some telecommunication applications (at the state of the art in 2004). The book does not define its target audience. It is probably not enough detailed for a skilled audience, nor particularly suitable for beginners and students, since it requires mathematical background that they would have to find elsewhere."
    Year: 2006
    ISBN: 2-88074-569-1
    Review by Eric Diehl (Technicolor, Paris, France). (Date: 2014-02-12)
  • T. Baignères, P. Junod, Y. Lu, J. Monnerat, S. Vaudenay: A Classical Introduction To Cryptography Exercise Book
    "The book's main goal is to show how some mathematical notions of calculus, algebra, and computer science are used to study the security of various cryptosystems. The volume is a collection of exercises, including hints and solutions, and is suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate students as well as students in computer science and engineering and practitioners who want to understand the mathematical techniques behind cryptography."
    Year: 2006
    ISBN: 978-0-387-27934-3
    Review by Abdelhak Azhari (Hassan II University, Casablanca, Morocco). (Date: 2014-02-12)
  • J. Buchmann, U. Vollmer: Binary Quadratic Forms
    "The theory of binary quadratic forms is important in algebraic number theory. This book offers a good introduction to binary quadratic forms by following an algorithmic approach. It will be useful for students and teachers interested in binary quadratic forms and their cryptographic applications."
    Year: 2007
    ISBN: 978-3-540-46367-2
    Review by S.V. Nagaraj (RMK Engineering College, Kavaraipettai, Tamil Nadu, India). (Date: 2014-05-19)
  • J. Hoffstein, J. Pipher, J. Silverman: An Introduction to Mathematical Cryptography
    "This volume provides an excellent introduction to the mathematics of cryptography. Its simple style make it accessible even to readers without a consistent mathematical background. I highly recommend this book to anyone, in particular non-specialists that are interested in the topic, and students that want to approach cryptography from a mathematical point of view. It is also very useful for instructors in the same context - I personally found it an an invaluable tool for preparing my graduate cryptography course."
    Year: 2008
    ISBN: 978-0-387-77993-5
    Review by Edoardo Persichetti (University of Warsaw, Poland). (Date: 2014-03-27)
27 May 2014
The IACR Fellows 2014 have been announced:
  • Ran Canetti
  • Antoine Joux
  • Eyal Kushilevitz
  • Moti Yung
14 May 2014
Statement of Principle from the IACR Membership on Mass Surveillance and the Subversion of Cryptography

The membership of the IACR repudiates mass surveillance and the undermining of cryptographic solutions and standards. Population-wide surveillance threatens democracy and human dignity. We call for expediting research and deployment of effective techniques to protect personal privacy against governmental and corporate overreach.

7 May 2014

The IACR Board of Directors is searching for volunteers to help with the website, the Cryptology ePrint Archive, and other IACR online services. Maintenance and future expansion of the online services of the IACR are crucial part for the interaction among cryptographers. We are interested in motivated cryptographers who would like to exploit their systems skills in a LAMP environment.

If you are interested in serving the community in this way, please contact the President of the IACR at president@iacr.org.

16 March 2014
Scott Vanstone (1947-2014)
15 March 2014

It is a great honor for me to have been elected as the President of the IACR and a challenge at the same time. Today cryptography is a vibrant research field that offers important and exciting questions to work on. It has not lost any of its fascination to me over the last 20 years since I entered the field as a graduate student -- quite to the contrary. In the age of cloud computing, cryptology continues to be a key technology for securing the digital world. Starting with the Snowden revelations in 2013, cryptography has also regained a level of political visibility that reminds me of the debates that were taking place in the 1990's. This gives us, as cryptologists and members of the IACR, an exposure that is hard to match.

In 2013 cryptology demonstrated (again) the power of its contributions to society, science, and technology by Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali winning the ACM Turing Award, the highest distinction in computer science. As the ACM Turing Award page shows very visibly (http://amturing.acm.org/bysubject.cfm), cryptology is one of the most promising research topics for winning the Turing Award. Congratulations, Shafi and Silvio!

The IACR's events were well-attended and well-organized in 2013. The first two of our 2014 events, TCC in San Diego and FSE in London, are already over with about 120 and about 160 attendees, respectively. For the upcoming Eurocrypt in Copenhagen, everyone is advised to book early. Due to Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in the week just before Eurocrypt, hotels may be difficult to find or expensive.

The composition of the Board of Directors has changed for 2014. New members of the Board are: Ivan Damgaard, as new JoC Editor-in-Chief; Steven Galbraith, Asiacrypt 2015 General Chair; Svetla Petkova-Nikova, Eurocrypt 2015 General Chair; and Thomas Ristenpart, Crypto 2015 General Chair. Matt Franklin will stay on the Board in 2014 for easing the transition of the Journal to Ivan Damgaard.

IACR exists only through the work of volunteers, who bring our conferences, events, online systems, and publications to life. I'd like to thank everyone for contributing their time to IACR. It is hard work but important for our organization. At the same time, I am looking forward to hearing about your future plans and ideas for how you would like to help and to improve IACR.

Very concretely, the European members of the Board of Directors are currently looking for a proposal to host Eurocrypt 2016. If you are inclined and would like to know more about exposing your skills as a conference organizer, please step forward and contact Michel Abdalla or any other member of the Board.

For 2014 and beyond, the IACR will have to address the challenges to scientific publishing posed by two factors, by the Internet and by the growing field. The IACR has a long tradition of operating with a liberal, author-friendly attitude to copyright. This has made it possible, among other things, that all IACR publications starting from 1982 are now openly available over the Internet via the IACR website; only the last two years are restricted to IACR members. Second, the growth in our field has boosted the number of paper submissions and conference attendees, but also led to record low acceptance rates and excessive reviewing load. We will resume the open discussion on the future of IACR's publications, in order to address these challenges.

With my new role as President, I have to cut back on other ends. I am glad that Nigel Smart has taken over my job as co-editor of the Cryptology ePrint Archive, or "eprint" as called by most. He shares this workload with Tal Rabin. Almost 15 years ago, when I had created the online system that still runs today, it had not occurred to me that the eprint archive would ever play such a useful role for research in cryptology.

Shortly before writing this, the sad news reached us that Scott Vanstone has passed away on March 2nd. He was a giant in the field, and the IACR will honor his contributions separately. Let me only mention that he was a past Director of the IACR and had helped to grow the organization, and he became an IACR Fellow in 2011.

I look forward to interacting with you in 2014.

Christian Cachin
IACR President

This letter had stated erroneously that Scott Vanstone was past President of the IACR; in fact, he was a member of the Board of Directors.

26 November 2013

The Ethics Committee of the IACR is responsible for providing recommendations to editors, program chairs, program-committee members, and reviewers concerning fairness and ethical aspects of all matters under the influence of the IACR, such as its operations, its events, and its publications.

The mission of the Ethics Committee is described in the "IACR Policy for the Ethics Committee", available at http://www.iacr.org/docs/

The Ethics committee has discussed only a handful of cases in 2013. In the interest of raising awareness for ethical matters among the researchers in cryptology, the Ethics Committee may occasionally inform the IACR members about its work. An account of one case follows.

A team of authors submitted a paper to a non-IACR conference in the field of cryptology and information security. After submitting the work, the authors developed their method further and discovered other ways to attack the problem. Before receiving an acceptance or rejection notification from the conference, the authors had written another paper on the second method and submitted this to a second conference, this one sponsored by the IACR. The second paper did not cite or mention the first paper.

Some reviewers in the overlap of the two program committees spotted a similarity of the works, and, in line with the IACR Policy on Irregular Submissions, they shared this information with the program chairs of the two venues. The program chair of the first conference then rejected the first paper declaring that it was a "potential double submission" and informed the program chair of the IACR conference about this. The authors then reached out to the IACR Ethics Committee and explained their case. They wanted to obtain a clarification that there was no double submission.

The Ethics Committee reviewed the situation and examined the submitted papers superficially. The committee then concluded that there was no obvious case of "parallel submissions" as described in the IACR Policy and that the second paper should enter the regular reviewing process of the IACR conference. The committee also remarked that it cannot make any statement towards the first conference because it is not an IACR venue. To the committee, it seemed that there was a misunderstanding because the existence and nature of technical links between the contributions of the two papers were not mentioned by the authors.

Last but not least, the committee recommended to the authors that, in the interest of being transparent in scientific work, authors should always cite existing known related work, even when a new contribution would not directly build on it. Furthermore, considering the delicate issues around double submissions, this point was particularly important with related work from the same authors.

IACR Ethics Committee (2013)

  • Josh Benaloh
  • Thomas Berson
  • Christian Cachin (chair)

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