Cryptography

The History and Mathematics of Codes and Code Breaking

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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.

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.

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, August 30th. 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 #5

For your next bookmark assignment, find and bookmark a resource that shows how cryptography is relevant to the digital life of a college student in 2018. You might share a resource on how cryptography is embedded in the computer systems we use or one that offers advice for protecting one's digital privacy. Be sure to select a resource that's credible!

Save your bookmark to our Diigo group and tag it with "practicalCrypto" and at least two other tags. Also: Leave a comment on your bookmark with a piece of advice for a fellow college student, drawn from your resource.

Your bookmark is due by 9 a.m. on Monday, October 29th.

Bookmark #4

For your next bookmarking assignment, find and bookmark a resource on a code or cipher appropriate for the class podcast. Note that you cannot choose a code or cipher that has already been covered on One-Time Pod, nor can you bookmark a student essay from the Wonders & Marvels collection.

The goal here is to generate possible podcast topics, and identify useful resources for those topics. Be sure to select a resource that's credible. Save your bookmark to our Diigo group, and tag it with "historicalCrypto" and at least two other useful tags.

Your bookmark is due by 9 a.m. on Friday, October 12th.

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  "security vs. privacy" papers later in the semester.

Your bookmark is due by 9 a.m. on Monday, September 24th. 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 12th. 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, August 31st. 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 #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.

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