Unconditionally Secure Cryptography: Signature Schemes, User-Private Information Retrieval, and the Generalized Russian Cards Problem
Swanson, Colleen M
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We focus on three different types of multi-party cryptographic protocols. The first is in the area of unconditionally secure signature schemes, the goal of which is to provide users the ability to electronically sign documents without the reliance on computational assumptions needed in traditional digital signatures. The second is on cooperative protocols in which users help each other maintain privacy while querying a database, called user-private information retrieval protocols. The third is concerned with the generalized Russian cards problem, in which two card players wish to communicate their hands to each other via public announcements without the third player learning the card deal. The latter two problems have close ties to the field of combinatorial designs, and properly fit within the field of combinatorial cryptography. All of these problems have a common thread, in that they are grounded in the information-theoretically secure or unconditionally secure setting.