Are Your Secrets Safe? - Top Scientist to Share New Ideas on Keeping Information Secure

    WATERLOO, ON, March 27 /CNW/ - On Wednesday, April 4th, Daniel Gottesman,
Faculty member of Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics, will take part
in the Institute's popular monthly public lecture series. He will speak on the
topic of "Quantum Cryptography: A Tale of Secrets Hidden and Revealed through
the Laws of Physics".


    Sensitive information can be valuable to others - from your personal
credit card numbers to state and military secrets. Throughout history,
sophisticated codes have been developed in an attempt to keep important data
from prying eyes. But now, new technologies are emerging based on the
surprising laws of quantum physics that govern the atomic scale. These
powerful techniques threaten to crack some secret codes in widespread use
today and, at the same time, offer new quantum cryptographic protocols which
could one day profoundly alter the way we safeguard critical information.

    About the Speaker:

    Daniel Gottesman received his PhD in 1997 from Caltech, where he was a
student of John Preskill. He then held postdoctoral positions at Los Alamos
National Lab, Microsoft Research, and UC Berkeley (as a long-term CMI Prize
Fellow for the Clay Mathematics Institute). He holds a Faculty position with
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Among other honours, he was included in the 2003 list of MIT Technology
Review's "World's Top Young Innovators" and named as CIAR Scholar in the
Quantum Information Processing Program.

    About PI:

    Perimeter Institute is an independent, non-profit research centre where
international scientists are clustering to push the limits of our
understanding of physical laws by contemplating and calculating new ideas
about the very essence of space, time, matter and information. The Institute,
located in Waterloo just outside Toronto, also provides a wide array of
educational outreach activities for students, teachers and the general public
across Canada and beyond in order to share the joys of creative inquiry,
research, discovery and innovation. Additional information available at

For further information:

For further information: To coordinate an interview with Daniel
Gottesman, please contact Renée Ellis at (519) 569-7600 ext. 5040 or

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