Greg Rose's extended Candidate's Statement for the IACR Elections


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I am running for the position of President of the International Association for Cryptologic Research for 2020-2023, and this is my extended candidates statement.

I have been working on security and cryptography for about 30 years, initially focusing on applications of cryptography to real world problems, and more recently on cryptanalysis and algorithms for stream ciphers. While working for Qualcomm on mobile phone security standards, I successfully cryptanalyzed two widely deployed algorithms and worked on their replacements.

I have in the past been involved in various kinds of organisations, ranging from schools to computer users groups (for further details see my short Curriculum Vitae on my home page). I had a 6 year tenure on the board of the USENIX Association. I was on the Board of the IACR for two years in my capacity as General Chair of Crypto 2003. More recently I have been IACR treasurer for six years, and Vice President for three more.

The reason I participate like this is because I feel that it is appropriate to give back time and effort to organisations which are useful in my own life. I have significant financial and management experience, having started software companies, and I find that helping organisations to grow and better service their members is something which both is useful and that I can do.

While the IACR is not in any danger of imminent collapse, it is certainly facing a number of important decisions. As President I will continue to focus on open publications, an emphasis on learning, and serving the community. I promise to serve the membership diligently, non-politically and to the best of my abilities.


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