Beyond HOPE (1997): Cryptography: Opportunities, Threats, and Implementations

August 9, 1997, 4:00 pm: From encryption to digital signatures to electronic commerce to secure voting - cryptography has become the enabling technology that allows us to take existing business and social constructs and move them to computer networks. But a lot of cryptography is bad, and the problem with bad cryptography is that it looks just like good cryptography; most people cannot tell the difference. Security is a chain: only as strong as the weakest link. In this talk Bruce Schneier will take a look at the future of cryptography: the needs, the threats, the limits of technology, and the promise of the future.

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Welcome! This is the place to go to see some real hacker culture and history. Our first four conferences (HOPE, Beyond HOPE, H2K, and H2K2) can be found in their entirety right here. Please enjoy our efforts to preserve it all and buy a DVD or two if you want a copy of anything for your personal library. We appreciate the support! Visit to see details on the hundreds of talks from our assorted conferences, all of which will eventually be posted here.