[cryptography] Quantum crypto and the world cup

Ian G iang at iang.org
Wed Jun 23 01:59:27 EDT 2010

The security world in general (including crypto) is far more sensitive 
than it ought to be to mass media.  This is primarily because security 
is an information-asymmetric or information-poor world.  Which is to 
say, as a society, we simply don't know enough how to do this thing 
called security.

As we have doubts that quantum crypto has practical advantages over what 
we already have, it's better to view it as not a security project at 
all.  It's a business proposition.  Can the business of quantum 
cryptography create enough media perception that it is worthy of funding?

This is a time-honoured game.  It is huge driver in science, and large 
enough to poison the very science of science.  So it's no wonder that 
these sort of things pop up from time to time.

And, it's a no-brainer for a publicity circus such as World Cup and 
Elections and the like to employ every other publicity circus out there 
to assist.  Why not?  Publicity is the measure, not science.

PT Barnham said it, there's no bad publicity in the circus business.


On 23/06/10 1:44 PM, Danilo Gligoroski wrote:
> Maybe we have forgotten bombastic news from 3 years ago about Quantum crypto
> protecting the security of ballots in Swiss elections
> http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/101007-quantum-cryptography-secure-bal
> lots.html but here it is again in a similar but much bigger event (from
> popularity point of view):
> Quantum crypto employed at world cup in South Africa:
> http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/06/21/world-cup-security-uses-physics-th
> wart-hackers/
> Why my feeling of déjà vu is so strong?
> Maybe because I spotted a pattern with similar points:
> 1. There is an event that is well covered by the mass media
> 2. There is a wealthy customer who is organizing the event, and who is ready
> to pay for "unbreakable data protection"
> And as a warning to all who use classical crypto here is the sentence from
> the article:
> "Traditional means of encrypting such a key use mathematical functions that
> are difficult -- but not impossible -- to undo."
> wow :-)
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