Welcome to the fifth electronic issue of the IACR Newsletter!

The year 2000 brings two new developments for cryptology and IACR: the opening of the Cryptology ePrint Archive, a preprint server for cryptology operated by IACR, and the first Asiacrypt sponsored by IACR in December.

The Cryptology ePrint Archive ( http://eprint.iacr.org ) provides rapid access to recent research in cryptology. Papers can be placed there by the authors and do not undergo any refereeing process other than verifying that the work seems to be within the scope of cryptology. The archive is currently hosted at UCSD and maintainted by Mihir Bellare, Bennet Yee, and Christian Cachin.

Don't forget that Eurocrypt 2000 is coming soon (May 14-18); it's held in Brugge (Belgium) and has an early registration deadline (March 31, and March 15 for Hotels). I've been told that Hotels are booked full in May.

For more information about upcoming workshops and confereneces, check the Calendar section or www.iacr.org/events/ !

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The next issue of the IACR Newsletter is scheduled for publication in June. However, announcements will be posted on the IACR Website as soon as possible.

Christian Cachin
IACR Newsletter Editor

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