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[liberationtech] 2012 ACM Turing Award Recipients Announced

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Wed Mar 13 10:22:26 PDT 2013


From: DAVID J. FARBER <farber at gmail.com>

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers, Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio
Micali, are recipients of the 2012 A.M. Turing Award. Their innovations
became the gold standard for enabling secure internet transactions. The
Turing award is widely considered the “Nobel Prize in Computing,” and
carries a $250,000 prize, with financial support provided by Intel
Corporation and Google Inc.

According to the ACM press release, “Working together, they pioneered the
field of provable security, which laid the mathematical foundations that
made modern cryptography possible. By formalizing the concept that
cryptographic security had to be computational rather than absolute, they
created mathematical structures that turned cryptography from an art into a
science. Their work addresses important practical problems such as the
protection of data from being viewed or modified, providing a secure means
of communications and transactions over the Internet. Their advances led to
the notion of interactive and probabilistic proofs and had a profound
impact on computational complexity, an area that focuses on classifying
computational problems according to their inherent difficulty.”

http://www.cccblog.org/2012-acm-turing-award-recipients-announced/
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