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18:27 [Event][New] Congress on privacy and surveillance

  Submission: 30 September 2013
From September 30 to September 30
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
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20:42 [Event][New] ISC 2013: Sixteenth Information Security Conference

  Submission: 20 August 2013
Notification: 21 October 2013
From November 13 to November 15
Location: Dallas, USA
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06:58 [Event][New] Inscrypt'13: 9th China International Conference on Information Security and Cryptology

  Submission: 22 August 2013
Notification: 22 October 2013
From November 27 to November 30
Location: Guangzhou, China
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21:17 [Forum] [IACR Publication Reform] Response to the invitation for comments by eoswald

  I welcome an open discussion about the publication routes that we currently have in our community and the option to comment on the current proposal. I find myself in agreement with several of the points raised, but at the same time there are two key points which I dislike and want to be different. To explain what these are I require several lines of text so please bear with me. To begin with, I think it is important to be clear on goals, very much alike how the proposal approaches the problem. Personally I think that our goals could be stated more simply: a) we want enjoyable conferences which are inclusive (i.e. all community should have a reason to go there), albeit there is certainly a need for specialist workshops/conferences b) reviewing needs to be credible and ethical and we need to be clear what our criteria are (i.e. are we selecting based on correctness, completeness, or potential to attract lots of citations only, etc.) c) we want to reduce unnecessary reviews and overhead so that a) and b) can actually materialise. In light of these goals, and the clear inefficiency of the hidden multi-round reviews that we are doing now, I completely agree that we need to finally drop the idea of relying on conferences as major publication venues. However, I don\'t find the idea of a single journal that essentially hoovers up all conference and workshop publications enticing, and the idea that conference chairs select only/mainly(?) from already published work doesn\'t sound good to me either. I would very much advocate that we think about setting up \'Transactions on\' (using IEEE terminology) or \'Communications\' (ACM terminology) in the already identified specialist areas. This is not only to achieve some differentiation of topics, but also different communities might want to have slightly different review processes, and this could be addressed in this way. For instance, among practitioners the idea of a first \'quick\' round and subsequent (almost) open-ended multi-round review process finds some supporters. Joan Damen\'s post in this forum echoes this as well. This might be because implementation or experimental work can take many different routes and so a decision about the work can be based on it\'s applicability per se but the precise nature of the implementation/experimentation is up for discussion and some paper benefit greatly from reviewer comments. This is at least an experience from the many CHES PCs I have been on over the last decade. By having some more journals available conferences would be freed from having to ask for original research only. We could hence have conferences with some original contributions without proceedings but which invite an actual conversation about on-going work! Conferences could hence become much more than just the \'one talk after another\' event, they could have interactive sessions, overview talks, etc. Obviously, the whole community takes a gamble by initiating any kind of radical change in the publication model as any new journal will start from zero in terms of impact. Because impact is important in the long run we better make this change sooner rather than later, as LNCS is a poor currency. And this sad fact is particularly concerning for young researchers in academia whose potentially great results will be undervalued in the wider academic community just because they appear as LNCS proceedings. Thanks to all those who drafted the current proposal and thanks to everyone who read my lengthy ramblings until this end. Elisabeth Oswald From: 2013-08-08 20:50:34 (UTC)

11:10 [Event][New] TCC: Theory of Cryptography Conference

  Submission: 3 September 2013
Notification: 5 November 2013
From February 24 to February 26
Location: La Jolla, CA, USA
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18:07 [News] Revisiting the IACR Publication Strategy: An Invitation for Comments


One of the key roles of the the IACR is the review and dissemination of scientific publications. In the past three years, there has been an intensive discussion of publication options, in which several alternatives have been reviewed thoroughly.

At the end of 2012, the IACR has signed a new publication contract with Springer for a 4-year period (2013-2017); IACR continues to publish the proceedings of our flagship conferences and workshops in Springer's Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. This new contract makes substantial progress towards broader access to our publications and reduces the cost of publications. However, the IACR Board believes that the area of scientific publications will undergo further changes in the next years, in particular towards open access. In addition, the expansion of our field (more than 1200 submissions and more than 250 publications per year) has resulted in a steadily increasing reviewing load. Some other scientific communities have updated their publication models with a shift towards journal publications.

The IACR Board understands that any change to our publication model has major implications on our members and on the cryptographic community at large. We also have learned that changing this model would be complex and time consuming: in order to be ready for a new publication model in 2018, a new strategy would need to be in place by mid 2015.

In view of this, the IACR Board has decided to start an open discussion on the future of IACR publications. In order to focus this discussion, Nigel Smart has drafted a radical proposal, that would involve moving towards a journal publication model. This proposal has been outlined at the rump session of Eurocrypt'13 and has been further refined based on comments received. The reason for working with a detailed document is that this seems the best way to make sure that all issues are identified and detailed solutions are proposed and compared.

It should be fully understood that this document is a strawman proposal: it does not reflect the view of the IACR Board; the document has also not been discussed with the steering committees of the workshops. Its only intention is to start an open discussion. In particular, the Board welcomes detailed comments and alternative proposals for the future of IACR publications.

We are looking forward to hearing from the community.

Bart Preneel
IACR-International Association for Cryptologic Research

15:17 [Forum] [IACR Publication Reform] Re: IACR publication reform - background material by nigel

  Please read the following letter from the President Before reading the straw man proposal Yours Nigel From: 2013-05-08 13:45:42 (UTC)

19:50 [Job][New] Senior / Scientists, A*STAR, Data Storage Institute, Singapore

  Highly motivated candidates interested in the area of Cryptography and Theory of Computation in general. Candidates are expected to have thorough undersnding of the state-of-the-art research in Cryptography, Security & Privacy and with the breadth of knowledge of the current issues and recent technology advancements.Research topics include but not necessary limited to New approaches of Computing on Encrypted Data in both theoretical and computational.


- Deep understanding of theory and implementation of Security protocols and applied cryptography

- Demonstrated expertise with computer architecture

- A strong programming background and experience with functional programming languages is preferred

- Experience in developing prototypes in a research environment

- A demonstrated potential to excel in collaborative research

- PhD in computer science or computer engineering