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CCC Program Explores Cryptography and Surveillance

Clatsop Community College will host a free public presentation, Cryptography and Surveillance in the Electronic Age, on Tuesday May 20, 2014 from Noon – 1:00 p.m. in Columbia Hall Room 219, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria.

Issues of communication have always involved issues of security.  Like the telegraph in the 19th century and the telephone in the 20th century; the internet is the major communication medium for the 21st century and has changed the face of communication and surveillance.

Last summer, Edward Snowden released a collection of documents related to the recent activities of the National Security Agency and a debate ensued about the constitutionality of these activities.  Whereas, in the past, the NSA or FBI could only listen to individual phone calls, place listening devices in particular places or physically follow an individual to find out where they went; today’s technology allows the collection of such information on a mass scale.  What are the implications of these abilities?

Find out about this important topic on May 20, 2014 when Clatsop Community College Math Instructor Rich Beveridge will explore the issues surrounding cryptography and surveillance.  The talk will cover the history of electronic communication and surveillance in the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the basic mathematics of public key cryptography.  The recent events surrounding Edward Snowden’s release of classified information will also be discussed.

Rich Beveridge has been a Math Instructor at Clatsop Community College since 2004.  He holds a BA in French from the University of Virginia, a MEd from Oklahoma City University and BA and MA degrees in Mathematics from the University of Maine.

For more information about this event please contact: Rich Beveridge at 503-338-2332.

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