Privacy Talks | Interview with Robin Wilton from Internet Society

This interview originally aired on August 28th, 2020.

Timestamp Links & Questions:

  • [0:50] – Can you give a quick introduction of who you are, where you work, and what you do?
  • [1:35] – Without getting too technical, why is quantum computing a threat to encryption and how worried should we be?
  • [4:05] – We see it in the news every time a new quantum computing milestone is hit and it always seems to be growing, are the amounts of qubits humans can control growing as fast as we think it is?
  • [7:57] – How many qubits are needed to break the encryption we use anyways – let’s say SHA 256 as an example?
  • [10:37] Will we just make keys bigger or are there algorithms that are more “quantum proof?”
  • [14:06] – How is the world preparing for the post-quantum computing future – and is the effort led by industry or the government?
  • [15:15] – What can you or I do to prepare for this threat?
  • [17:07] – What do you personally think are the chances that a country currently has a quantum computer decrypting high value encrypted data?
  • [19:49] – I know usually you present on this topic with slides and all, and we’ll include those slides for our viewers. What are some other resources that you’d suggest for those looking to learn more about quantum computing?
  • [22:11] – What is something that you personally are looking forward to?
  • [23:28] – What about ISOC?

Learn more about Internet Society at: https://www.internetsociety.org/

Check out Robin’s slides on Quantum computing at: https://isoc.app.box.com/s/rs01u51pxa0lgsfkkjnrssmt66th9bja

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