Cryptography

The History and Mathematics of Codes and Code Breaking

Category: Bookmark Assignments (Page 1 of 3)

Bookmark #6

For your sixth and final bookmark assignment, you should bookmark THREE resources of potential use for the "security vs. privacy" paper assignment. At least two of your resources should be from 2013 or later (that is, post-Snowden), and all of your resources should be from credible sources. (You might see what's being shared on my "Crypto" Twitter list.)

Save your bookmarks to our Diigo group, and give each of them at least two useful tags. Your bookmarks are due by 1pm on Friday, December 1st.

Bookmark #5

For your fifth bookmark assignment, find and bookmark an example of cryptography in the news.  Your bookmark should be a news story dated within the last two years. Tag your bookmark with "InTheNews," along with at least one other meaningful tag. Be sure you're bookmarking a credible source!

Your bookmark is due by 9 a.m. on Friday, November 3rd.

Bookmark #4

For this bookmarking assignment, you should finish the two tasks I gave you in class on Monday, October 16th, both focused on the history of cryptography timeline this class has been building since 2010.

  1. Select an existing entry in the timeline and improve it. Verify the description, as best you can. Make sure it has an image or other form of media associated with it, with appropriate credit. Include a credible source with a citation and/or link. Be sure to add your initials as a contributor.
  2. Add a new entry. For ideas, see our Diigo group, or the essays prior students wrote for Wonders & Marvels, or your textbook. Be sure to use a credible source and an image or other form of media, with citations and/or links. And include your initials as a contributor.

You'll do all of your editing in the Google spreadsheet I shared with you. Your improved / new entries are due by 9 a.m. on Friday, October 20th.

Bookmark #3

I maintain a list of Twitter users who provide information, resources, opinions, and occasionally humor about cryptography, encryption, surveillance, and privacy. Here are the members of my "Crypto" Twitter list, and here are their most recent tweets.

For your third bookmarking assignment, find and bookmark a Twitter user who should be added to my "Crypto" Twitter list. Look for scholars, researchers, journalists, or others who are active on Twitter and regularly provide useful perspectives on encryption and its role in our society today. When evaluating a potential addition, know that humor is fine, but crazy is not.

The goal here is to build a list of sources that will provide good material for your "practical crypto" and "security vs. privacy" papers later in the semester.

Your bookmark is due by 9 a.m. on Friday, September 29th. Please bookmark the Twitter user's account. The URL should have the form http://twitter.com/username or something similar.

Bookmark #2

For your second bookmarking assignment, find and bookmark a resource providing information about one of the cryptography or security practices described in Little Brother. Be careful to select a resource that's both credible and recent. Save your bookmark to our Diigo group, and tag it with "LittleBrother" and at least one other useful tag.

Your bookmark is due by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13th. We'll take a little time in class to share your finds. If you have any questions about using Diigo, don't hesitate to ask.

Bookmark Assignment #1

For your first bookmarking assignment, you're invited to bookmark anything you like that's related to cryptography. Look for a news article or resource on cryptography that's interesting to you. Be sure that you're bookmarking a credible source. If you're not sure where to go with this, look for inspiration in Singh Chapter 1. Save your bookmark to our Diigo group, and give your bookmark at least two useful tags.

Your bookmark is due by 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 1st. We'll take a little time in class to share your finds. If you have any questions about using Diigo, don't hesitate to ask.

Image: "Interesting Pin," by me, Flickr (CC)

Bookmark Assignment #5

Interesting PinFor your final bookmarking assignment, you should bookmark a resource of potential use to the "security and privacy" paper assignment. You might bookmark something relevant an Edward Snowden tweet, or some real world information on something mentioned in Little Brother, or an argument from the last few weeks about terrorism and encryption. Just be sure to bookmark a credible source and give your bookmark at least two useful tags.

Your bookmark is due by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 7.

Bookmark Assignment #4

Interesting PinFor your next bookmarking assignment, you should bookmark a resource of potential use to the "practical crypto" paper assignment. You might bookmark something that discusses how cryptography is embedded in the computer systems we already use (e.g. how credit card information is encrypted by websites) or one that explains how to better protect one's online privacy (e.g. controlling how GPS data is shared on social media).  Leave a comment indicating why you thought the resource you bookmarked is important or interesting.

Your bookmark is due by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 16. Be sure to give your bookmark at least two useful tags.

Timeline Assignment

Instead of a bookmark assignment this week, I would like you to continue enhancing the cryptography timeline we explored in class last week. You have two tasks:

First, select two existing contributions to the timeline and improve them. Verify the description, as best you can. Include a credible source with citation and, where available, a link. Make sure there's an associated image or other type of media with citation. And add your initials as contributor.

Second, add two new contributions. See your textbook, our Diigo group, or the Wonders & Marvels essays by past students for ideas. Be sure to cite a credible source, add an image or other type of media, and include your initials.

Here's the Google spreadsheet that powers our timeline, and here are some instructions for using TimelineJS: general formatting instructions, embedded media options.

Your timeline contributions are due by the start of class on Wednesday, October 21st. Please note: Any work you did in class last week counts toward this assignment, and if you worked with a partner during class, you can both count your contributions. This means that most of you are already half done!

 

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Bookmark Assignment #3

Interesting PinFor your third bookmarking assignment, you should bookmark a credible resource on military cryptography. You're welcome to find a resource that supplements one of the military crypto topics covered in Singh, or one that focuses on some other topic in military crypto. Leave a comment with your bookmark that notes any ethical questions the resource raises in your mind.

Your bookmark is due by 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 2nd. Be sure to give your bookmark at least two useful tags.

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