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Enduring Understandings

Here are the photos I took of the “enduring understandings” you came up with during our final class today. Sorry they’re a bit blurry–the camera on my Droid wasn’t quite up to the challenge of capturing your handwriting! Should have … Continue reading

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A Few Wikileaks Resources

Just a few links about Wikileaks relevant to our discussion today… “Columbia University Reverses Anti-Wikileaks Guidance” (Wired) – Last week, Columbia University advised its students not to say anything about Wikileaks online (like in Facebook status updates or blog posts) … Continue reading

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Reflections on Improving Writing from Your Peers

A couple of weeks ago, after returning your second essay to you, I asked you to reflect on ways you could improve as a writer based on the feedback you were given from me and from your peers on that … Continue reading

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Resources from November 30th – Security and Privacy

I made a copy of the Prezi that you constructed as a class today exploring the security / privacy debate. I’m the only one who can edit this copy of the Prezi, so it will serve as a “snapshot” of … Continue reading

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Resources from November 11th – Firesheep, Google Street View, RSA

Firesheep An intro to Firesheep from the ProfHacker blog One expert’s opinion that using Firesheep is illegal An intro to Blacksheep, designed to protect you from Firesheep A report that Blacksheep is easily defeated, featuring a video clip of battling … Continue reading

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Resources from October 12th and 19th – Zimmerman Telegram, Enigma Machine

PowerPoint Slides from the 12th [PDF] – Including an example of the use of the ADFGVX cipher and some thoughts on the ethics of Admiral’s Hall decision to delay telling the United States about the Zimmerman Telegram Trailer for Enigma … Continue reading

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Resources from October 5th – Unsolved Mysteries, Probability Rules

Unsolved Mysteries Here’s the Wired Magazine article on Kryptos: “Mission Impossible: The Code Even the CIA Can’t Crack,” Steven Levy, April 2009. James Sanborn has another interesting cryptography sculpture call the Cyrillic Projector. Below you can see a video project … Continue reading

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Resources for September 30th – Breaking the Vigenere, More Movies

Wiretapping the Internet Here’s the article from the New York Times I mentioned today: “U.S. Tries to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet.“ Bruce Schneier is a leading expert on computer security. He weighed in on the proposed bill … Continue reading

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Resources from September 21st – Plagiarism, Babbage, Lovelace

Plagiarism Here’s the New York Times article I quoted today: “Lines on Plagiarism Blur for Students in Digital Age” by Trip Gabriel, August 1, 2010. More on the German teenage novelist Helene Hegemann: “Author, 17, Says It’s ‘Mixing,’ Not Plagiarism” … Continue reading

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Resources from September 14th – Monoalphabetic Ciphers, Academic Integrity

First, here are my PowerPoint slides from today’s class as a PDF. (I kept the black background this time, so you may use a lot of ink if you print them.) You’ll find all the clicker questions today–the ones on … Continue reading

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A Better Frequency Analysis Excel File

One of your classmates, John H., noticed that I had hard-coded the length of the ciphertext into the frequency analysis Excel file I shared with you on Thursday. He’s fixed the file to calculate the length of the ciphertext automatically … Continue reading

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Cryptography in the Movies

Sneakers (1992) isn’t the only movie to feature cryptography, although it is one of the best! Here are some other movies that feature codes and ciphers. A Christmas Story (1983) Enigma (2001) Mercury Rising (1998) National Treasure (2004) Pi (1998) … Continue reading

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Resources for September 9th – Transposition & Keyword Ciphers

Here are several useful Excel files from today’s class: Keyword Cipher – This file will generate a cipher alphabet using the keyword cipher method. Enter your keyword (or keyphrase) at the top of the first worksheet in the file, and … Continue reading

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Resources from September 7th – College Writing

Thanks to the Writing Studio consultants who visited us and provided a useful introduction to college writing. Please remember that you can schedule a consultation with the Writing Studio at any time in the writing process. The handouts from yesterday’s … Continue reading

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Resources from September 2nd

Here’s my office hour schedule between now and Tuesday’s class: Today (Thursday) 4:00 to 5:00 in my office Monday 8 to 9 pm in the Common Center lobby Also, please note that you don’t need to do Question 5 on … Continue reading

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Resources from August 31st

The plaintext from today’s cryptanalysis exercise comes from this Guardian (UK) story about an MI6 worker found murdered in his apartment. MI6 is the UK version of the CIA, an all-purpose espionage agency. The victim apparently worked at GCHQ, the … Continue reading

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Resources from August 26th

I enjoyed getting to know you a bit this morning. Don’t forget your meetings with me today and tomorrow! If you’ve forgotten the time of your meeting, just email me and ask. Here are some directions to my office. Just … Continue reading

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