Cryptography expert Ronald Rivest has dismissed the idea that blockchains would be of any use in voting systems, saying it was something like bringing a combination lock to a kitchen fire.
Public-key cryptography pioneer Whitfield Diffie has poured scorn on former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull over the latter's comment that "the laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia" made in the run-up to the introduction of the encryption bill in Parliament last year.
Turing Award winner and globally renowned cryptographer Adi Shamir has confirmed that the US Government did not grant him a renewal of his tourist visa and thus prevented him from attending the RSA Conference this year. He questioned whether it was time to think of hosting top scientific confernces elsewhere.
The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute are planning to issue a report that will apparently provide "high-level case studies" of what the government's encryption law means.
Top cryptographers differ on whether Apple or the FBI is in the right in the case of the iPhone 5C over which the US domestic security agency has obtained a court order demanding that Apple create a modified version of its operating system so that data on the device can be accessed.
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