Cryptography

The History and Mathematics of Codes and Code Breaking

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Blog Assignment #5

For your fifth blog assignment, listen to the "Burning Down the Panopticon" episode of the podcast Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything and write a post between 200 and 400 words that responds to the following prompt.

Benjamen Walker argues that "the Panopticon is a terrible metaphor" for "our conversations and debates about surveillance." Do you agree with this thesis? Why or why not?

Note that if you agree with Walker's thesis, you should extend his argument in your blog post in some interesting way.

Please (1) give your post a descriptive title, (2) assign it to the "Student Posts" category, and (3) give it at least three useful tags. Your post is due by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 23rd.

Bookmark Assignment #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  "security vs. privacy" papers later in the semester.

Your bookmark is due by 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27th. Please bookmark the Twitter user's account. The URL should have the form http://twitter.com/username or something similar.

Problem Set #2

Here's your second problem set, in both Word and PDF formats. It's due on paper at the start of class on Friday, September 20th.

And here are some Excel files you'll probably want to use on the first question:

If you have questions about using these Excel files, let me know.

Blog Assignment #4

For your fourth blog assignment, write a post between 200 and 400 words that responds to one of the reading questions for Singh Chapter 2.

Please (1) give your post a descriptive title, (2) assign it to the "Student Posts" category, and (3) give it at least three useful tags. Your post is due by 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 19th.

Arguments and Evidence

Here's that schematic diagram of a typical argumentative essay that I shared in class yesterday, for your reference.

Little Brother Debate Map

Here's the security vs. privacy debate map we constructed in class on Monday. Click on the image to zoom in.

Bookmark Assignment #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 11th. 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.

Frequency Analysis Resources

Here are some Excel files we'll use in class today as we discuss frequency analysis.

Paper #1 - Little Brother

See below for your first paper assignment, along with the provision rubric I'll use to evaluate your papers. Please note the various deadlines listed in the assignment. We'll talk about the assignment in class, but feel free to reach out to me if you have questions about it.

Blog Assignment #3

For your third blog assignment, write a post between 200 and 400 words in which you (briefly) summarize and react to a passage in Little Brother that caught your attention. You might address why it interests you, connections you see between the passage and other ideas we've discussed this semester, or your opinion on arguments made in the passage.

Please (1) give your post a descriptive title, (2) assign it to the "Student Posts" category, and (3) give it at least three useful tags. Your post is due by 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 9th.

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