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Il (triste??) stato della crittografia (applicata) in Italia

Ho appena finito di scrivere a proposito dei miei 3 giorni trascorsi al Real World Crypto 2018 (il blog post per chi legge inglese e' qui) e mi sono accorto che non c'e' traccia di nessuna Universita' (ma anche azienda) italiana. Tutto cio' non puo' che rendermi un po' triste. L'Italia aveva una posizione di rilievo nell'"antica" crittografia. Non ci dimentichiamo dell'ormai super obsoleto (ma storicamente rilevante) Cifrario di Cesare per non parlare di volumi come "La crittografia diplomatica, militare e commerciale ossia l'arte di cifrare e decifrare le corrispondenze segrete" di Luigi conte Gioppi di T├╝rkheim!!
L'Italia ha tutt'ora crittografi di primo livello, basti pensare a Silvio Micali co-inventore delle Zero Knowledge Proof e vincitore della massima onoreficienza nel campo dell'informatica cioe' il Turing Award.
Ora, scusate il mio sfogo, ma considerando che RWC e' di gran lunga la conferenza piu' importante e qualitativamente piu' interessante nel panorama relativo alla crittografia applicata, dove sono le Universita' o le aziende italiane?
Attenzione, non parlo di persone italiane, infatti nel corso di questi 3 giorni ho avuto l'opportunita' di incontrare e dialogare con molti italiani. Citandone alcuni: il sempre sorprendente Filippo Valsorda  conosciuto soprattutto ma non solo per il suo test Heartbleed, il leggendario Roberto Avanzi  fra le mille cose coautore di "Handbook of Elliptic and Hyperelliptic Curve Cryptography" ,  altri studenti di dottorato in varie Universita' sparse per il mondo, un paio di studenti universitari. Quello a qui mi riferisco e' proprio le Universita' o le aziende italiane (scusate se mi ripeto). Perche' non ce n'e' nemmeno una nel programma ? Guardando bene il programma si trova almeno un ricercatore italiano cioe' Claudio Orlandi, ma lavora all'Universita di Aarhus.
L'unica eccezione che mi viene in mente in questo momento e' l'Universita' Ca' Foscari di Venezia con la "sua" Cryptosense. Ma non li ho "iincrociati" all'RWC ed ovviamente il loro nome non compariva nel programma.

Va beh  che al giorno di oggi crittografia significa per molti Bitcoin pero'.... :(
Scusate lo sfogo e buon sabato sera a tutti.

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