Published on May 15th, 2018 | by bitcoin0
Cryptography ‘Resurgence’ and Blockchai Whitfield Diffie Talks
Those words, from cryptography legend Whitfield Diffie, perhaps captured the essence of the first day of CoinDesk’s Consensus 2018 conference.
Diffie famously co-authored a landmark paper in 1976 that laid the foundations for public key cryptography, a key element of modern internet security and of cryptocurrencies.
“These last few years have been another resurgence of cryptographic technology, and blockchain is now a huge refocus on the cryptographic aspects of these things.”
“There were a good 10 years when privacy and cryptography were almost embarrassing to talk about in public,” Wilcox said.
Diffie echoed that, saying: “For years many people [in cryptography] thought about how to develop money techniques, and nobody succeeded before that.”