Phillip Rogaway

I am a professor in the Department of Computer Science (CS) at the University of California, Davis (UCD). I have also been a visiting professor at a bunch of places, including several years at Chiang Mai University (TH) and extended stays at Chulalongkorn University (TH), ENS Paris (FR), ETH Zürich (CH), and the Isaac Newton Institute (UK).

My research is in cryptography. After doing my undergrad work at UCB I did my Ph.D. in MIT’s Theory of Computation group (1991), graduating under Silvio Micali. After that I worked at IBM as a security architect, then came to UCD (1994), where I’ve spent much of the last 28 years. My research has focused on obtaining provably good solutions to protocol problems of utility to people’s privacy and security. I’ve been lucky enough to get some nice recognition for my work, including the Levchin prize (2016), PET Award (2015), IACR Fellow (2012), ACM Paris Kanellakis Award (2009), and the RSA Award in Mathematics (2003). I love teaching. Not only at the university, but also some wonderful K-12 students.

In recent years I’ve grown increasingly skeptical of the claimed benefits of CS, which routinely seem dwarfed by the harms that we cause. I have shifted much of my attention to social and ethical issues connected to technology, especially the climate crisis and the problem of mass surveillance. Corresondingly, I shifted most of my university teaching to ethics (course ecs188). I support social justice and environmental movements including BLM and XR. I anticipate retiring pretty soon. My views—and the surrounding culture—have evolved to a place where I am quite the outsider where I am.

Some of my work responsive to the Snowden revelations:
Department of Computer Science       +1 530 752 7583  UCD office
Kemper Hall of Engineering, #3009    +1 530 752 4767  UCD FAX
One Shields Avenue                   +1 530 753 0987  California home 
University of California             +66 81 530 7620  Thai cell (PDT+14)
Davis, CA 95616-8562        (university email) 
USA                           (more secure alternative)

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