[plug] Free Online Crypto Course from Stanford University

Luke John luke.john at osmahi.com
Fri Aug 31 11:40:37 WST 2012

Dear Pluggers,

See below for details on a free online cryptography course run by
Stanford University.  Apparently its fine to start now even though the
course started 3-4 days ago.

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From: David W. Campbell <david.campbell at pirateparty.org.au>
Date: Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Subject: [Party Discussion] Free Online Crypto Course from Stanford University
To: Party Discussion <discuss at lists.pirateparty.org.au>

People may be interested in this free Crypto course.

About the Course
Cryptography is an indispensable tool for protecting information in
computer systems. This course explains the inner workings of
cryptographic primitives and how to correctly use them. Students will
learn how to reason about the security of cryptographic constructions
and how to apply this knowledge to real-world applications. The course
begins with a detailed discussion of how two parties who have a shared
secret key can communicate securely when a powerful adversary
eavesdrops and tampers with traffic. We will examine many deployed
protocols and analyze mistakes in existing systems. The second half of
the course discusses public-key techniques that let two or more
parties generate a shared secret key. We will cover the relevant
number theory and discuss public-key encryption, digital signatures,
and authentication protocols. Towards the end of the course we will
cover more advanced topics such as zero-knowledge, distributed
protocols such as secure auctions, and a number of privacy mechanisms.
Throughout the course students will be exposed to many exciting open
problems in the field.

The course will include written homeworks and programming labs. The
course is self-contained, however it will be helpful to have a basic
understanding of discrete probability theory.


I have signed up and there appears to be no geo limitations, you can
never have too much polish on your knowledge!

Kind Regards,

David W. Campbell


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