Reading the Crypto Classics

Shannon: „Communication theory of secrecy systems“

2023/01/17 10:00-12:00

Moderator: Sebastian Clermont (TU Darmstadt, Cryptoplexity Group) | Location: online

Organizer: , TU Darmstadt, Cryptography and Information Security Group


This talk is the third session in the seminar series “Reading the Crypto Classics” for the winter term 2022/23. The idea of this seminar is to jointly read classical milestone papers in the area of cryptography, to discuss their impact and understand their relevance for current research areas. The seminar is running as an Oberseminar, but at the same time meant to be a joint reading group seminar of the CROSSING Special Interest Group on Advanced Cryptography with all interested CROSSING members being invited to participate.

This issue will cover the paper/talk

Shannon: „Communication theory of secrecy systems“ available at (opens in new tab)

with the following abstract:

“The problems of cryptography and secrecy systems furnish an interesting application of communication theory. In this paper a theory of secrecy systems is developed. The approach is on a theoretical level and is intended to complement the treatment found in standard works on cryptography. There, a detailed study is made of the many standard types of codes and ciphers, and of the ways of breaking them. We will be more concerned with the general mathematical structure and properties of secrecy systems.”


For participation in this virtual format, please write an e-mail to the organizer (see above).

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