Practice-Oriented Provable Security and the Social Construction of Cryptography

Phillip Rogaway
2016 IEEE Security and Privacy  
Traditionally, "provable security" was tied in the minds cryptographers to public-key cryptography, asymptotic analyses, number-theoretic primitives, and proof-of-concept designs. In this essay I survey some of the work that I have done (much of it joint with Mihir Bellare) that has helped to erode these associations. I will use the story of practice-oriented provable security as the backdrop with which to make the case for what might be called a "social constructionist" view of our field. This
more » ... view entails the claim that the body of work our community has produced is less the inevitable consequence of what we aim to study than the contingent consequence of sensibilities and assumptions within our disciplinary culture.
doi:10.1109/msp.2016.122 fatcat:l3n5cbifljfhnfrguljksmytre