Episode 90: MPC systems with Nigel Smart

In this week's episode, we chat with Nigel Smart, Professor of Cryptology at KU Leuven and the co-founder of Unbound Tech, about his background in cryptology, the history of MPC systems, MPC systems in the real world, and how MPC stacks up versus other related cryptography and privacy techniques.

He helps us better understand where MPC comes from, the power of this technology and shares some emerging MPC research topics that he is excited about.

Here are some of the papers or concepts mentioned in this episode:
Our MPC episode
GarbledCircuit
Yao's Millionaire Problem
First FHE paper
Spdz protocol
MPC in the head
NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Initiative


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Zero Knowledge Podcast (finally) has a real website!

No full episode this week, but we just wanted to let you know about the new zeroknowledge.fm website. Finally, we have a site that brings together all the different parts of the ZK Community: podcast episodes, upcoming and past events, blog, social channels and more.

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