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9 January 2019
The 2019 Levchin Prize has been awarded to:
  • Eric Rescorla, for sustained contributions to the standardization of security protocols, most recently in the development and standardization of TLS 1.3; and
  • Mihir Bellare, for outstanding contributions to the design and analysis of real-world cryptography, including the development of the random oracle model, modes-of-operation, HMAC, and formal models of key exchange.
The Levchin Prize was established in 2015 by internet entrepreneur, Max Levchin. The prize honors significant contributions to real-world cryptography and celebrates recent advances that have had a major impact on the practice of cryptography and its use in real-world systems. Up to two awards will be given every year and each carries a cash prize of $10,000.

This year's prize was awarded at the Real World Crypto symposium in San Jose, California, USA.

More information about the Levchin Prize and the awardees can be found at levchinprize.com
30 October 2018
The deadline for nominating IACR members for the 2019 IACR Fellows class is earlier than in previous years! As announced at the Eurocrypt and Crypto membership meetings, all nomination materials must be received by November 15.

The IACR Fellows Program recognizes outstanding IACR members for technical and professional contributions to the field of cryptology. Information about nominating a Fellow is available from the IACR Fellows website.
21 August 2018
The 2018 TCC Test-of-Time Award goes to Dan Boneh, Eu-Jin Goh and Kobbi Nissim, for their TCC 2005 paper "Evaluating 2-DNF Formulas on Ciphertexts".

The award committee recognizes this paper "for introducing compact two-operation homomorphic encryption and developing new bilinear map techniques that led to major improvements in the design of cryptographic schemes."

The TCC Test of Time 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 TCC Test of Time Award was given in TCC 2015 for papers published no later than TCC 2007.
5 April 2018
The IACR Fellows Program recognizes outstanding IACR members for technical and professional contributions to the field of cryptology. Today we are pleased to announce four members that have been elevated to the rank of Fellow for 2018:
  • Juan Garay: For fundamental contributions at the interface of cryptography and distributed computing, and for service to the cryptographic research community.
  • Yuval Ishai: For essential contributions to the theory of cryptographic protocols, low-complexity cryptography, and other foundations of cryptography.
  • Paul Kocher: For fundamental contributions to the study of side-channel attacks and countermeasures, cryptography in practice, and for service to the IACR.
  • Stafford Tavares: For significant contributions to the design and analysis of block ciphers, for founding the SAC conference, and for service to the IACR.
Congratulations to the new fellows! More information about the IACR Fellows Program can be found at https://iacr.org/fellows/.
11 February 2018
The IACR congratulates Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir, and Leonard Adleman for being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for their invention of the RSA algorithm. Their citation reads as follows:

RSA Cryptography is the world's most widely used public-key cryptography method for securing communication on the Internet. Introduced in 1977 by MIT colleagues Rivest, Shamir and Adleman, RSA Cryptography is instrumental to the growth of e-commerce and is used in almost all Internet-based transactions to safeguard sensitive data such as credit card numbers.

They will be formally inducted on May 3 in Washington DC.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) is an American not-for-profit organization which recognizes individual inventors who hold a U.S. patent of highly significant technology. Founded in 1973, its primary mission is to "honor the people responsible for the great technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible."
14 November 2017
The IACR congratulates Chris Peikert and Alon Rosen for being awarded the Theory of Cryptogrpahy Conference (TCC) Test of Time Award. Their article Efficient Collision-Resistant Hashing from Worst-Case Assumptions on Cyclic Lattices, published in TCC 2006, is recognized for advancing the use of hard algebraic lattice problems in cryptography, paving the way for major theoretical and practical advances. The award was presented this Tuesday at the TCC 2017 conference in Baltimore.

The TCC Test of Time award was introduced in 2015. It recognizes outstanding papers, published in the Theory of Cryptography Conference (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. For more information about the Test of Time award, including information on nominating a paper, please see the page at http://www.iacr.org/workshops/tcc/awards.html.
8 March 2017
The IACR Fellows Program recognizes outstanding IACR members for technical and professional contributions to the field of cryptology. Today we are pleased to announce five members that have been elevated to the rank of Fellow for 2017:

Jan Camenisch: For contributions to the theory and practice of privacy-preserving protocols and impact on government policy and industry.

Louis Guillou: For visionary actions that brought cryptography and smart cards to the real world, and for essential contributions to cryptographic standards.

Kwangjo Kim: For cryptographic design, education, and leadership, and for exemplary service to IACR and the Asia-Pacific cryptographic community.

Christof Paar: For founding CHES, service to the IACR, and for important contributions to secure and efficient implementation of cryptography.

Kenneth G. Paterson: For research and service contributions spanning theory and practice, and improving the security of widely deployed protocols.

Congratulations to the new fellows!
30 October 2016
The 3rd annual TCC Test of Time Award, is awarded to the article Indifferentiability, Impossibility Results on Reductions, and Applications to the Random Oracle Methodology by Ueli Maurer, Renato Renner, and Clemens Holenstein, that was published in TCC 2004.

This work received the test of time award for introducing the security notion of "indifferentiability", that had a significant impact on both the theory of cryptography and the design of practical cryptosystems.

The award will be presented on Tuesday Nov 1 at TCC 2016-B in Beijing.
10 March 2016
The IACR congratulates Ed Dawson, Shai Halevi, Victor Shoup, and Nigel Smart for being named Fellows of the IACR for 2016. Their award citations read as follows:

Ed Dawson, for visionary service to the IACR and fostering the Asian-Pacific cryptographic community, and for important scientific contributions.

Shai Halevi, for numerous groundbreaking contributions spanning the theory and practice of cryptography, and for outstanding service to the IACR.

Victor Shoup, for fundamental contributions to public-key cryptography and cryptographic security proofs, and for educational leadership.

Nigel P. Smart, for essential contributions to the theory and practice of real world cryptography and outstanding service to the IACR.
1 March 2016
The International Association for Cryptologic Research and cryptographers all over the world congratulate Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman for their 2015 ACM Turing Award.

Their work laid the foundation for the vibrant research field of public-key cryptography, established cryptology as a discipline of its own, and protects the daily communication and businesses of billions of people today.

We are proud of their achievement and thrilled to stand on their shoulders.

The International Association for Cryptologic Research
Christian Cachin, President
11 January 2016
Please join us in congratulating Cynthia Dwork, Frank McSherry, Kobbi Nissim, and Adam Smith for being awarded the 2nd annual TCC Test of Time Award. Their article Calibrating Noise to Sensitivity in Private Data Analysis, published at TCC 2006, is recognized for introducing the definition of differential privacy, and providing a solid mathematical foundation for a vast body of subsequent work on private data analysis. The award was presented Monday at the TCC 2016 conference in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The TCC Test of Time award was introduced in 2015. It recognizes outstanding papers, published in the Theory of Cryptography Conference (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. For more information about the Test of Time award, including information on nominating a paper, please see the page at http://www.iacr.org/workshops/tcc/awards.html