Cryptography

The History and Mathematics of Codes and Code Breaking

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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.

Bookmark Assignment #2

Interesting PinFor your second bookmarking assignment, you should bookmark a credible source of news or information about cryptography.  You might bookmark a journal that focuses on the history of cryptography, or the blog of a scholar who researches online privacy issues, or the Twitter feed of a journalist who covers cybersecurity. (See what I did there, referencing each of your upcoming paper assignments?)

Your bookmark is due by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16th. Be sure to give your bookmark at least two useful tags. And, if you haven't already, add a profile image to your Diigo account.

 

Bookmark Assignment #1

Interesting PinFor 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. If you're not sure where to go with this, look for inspiration in Singh Chapter 1. Give your bookmark at least two useful tags.

Your bookmark is due by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2nd. 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)

Bookmarking Assignment #5

Interesting PinYour fifth bookmarking assignment will help prepare you for Monday's in-class discussion of writing for blogs. Below you'll find a list of some interesting blogs about math, science, and the history of math and science. Look through several of the blogs listed and select one post from one blog that you feel is particularly well written. Bookmark that post in Diigo, using the tag "BlogPosts" along with at least one other meaningful tag. Also, leave a comment on your bookmark in which you explain why you thought the post was well written.

Your bookmark and comment are due by 8 a.m. on Monday, October 6th.

Social Bookmarking Assignment #4

Interesting PinFor your fourth 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. Tag your bookmark with "LittleBrother" and at least one other useful tag.

Your bookmark is due by 8:00 a.m. on Friday, October 3rd. If you have any questions about using Diigo, don't hesitate to ask.

Social Bookmarking Assignment #3

Interesting PinFor your third bookmarking assignment, find and bookmark a resource on a topic connected to Singh Chapter 2. You're welcome to find a resource providing more information on something discussed in Chapter 2, or a resource focused on some aspect of cryptography from the time period covered in Chapter 2.

Be sure to give your bookmark at least two useful tags. Also, let us know why you found the bookmark interesting.

Your bookmark is due by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 24th. If you have any questions about using Diigo, don't hesitate to ask.

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

Social Bookmarking Assignment #2

Interesting PinFor your second bookmarking assignment, find and bookmark a news story, informative resource, or opinion piece dealing with online privacy. There should be some mention of encryption, passwords, security, or some other form of cryptography in what you bookmark.

Be sure to give your bookmark at least two useful tags. Also, let us know why you found the bookmark interesting. Did you learn something about online privacy?  Finally, take a minute to give yourself an avatar on Diigo. (You don't need to use your own photo, although it's fine if you want to.)

Your bookmark is due by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 10th. 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)

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