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THE 2020 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
DIGITAL-FIRST EVENT 7-15 NOV 2020
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After Bletchley Park: global technology and trusted devices in Cold War espionage

12th November 2020 17:00-18:00
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About this event

This panel investigates the ‘missing link’ in the history of codebreaking and cipher machines, typified by the famous German ‘Enigma’. It connects the period of Bletchley Park with the Internet era. It seeks to explore cryptography in the latter decades of the twentieth century, arguing that technical processes of interference in trusted devices produced a significant flow of intelligence, mostly from countries in the global south. It draws on new documents released in Europe and the USA, expanding our comprehension of technical co-operation between United States, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden, focusing on the control of technology corporations. It showcases the latest published work by Warwick early career researchers supported by the Warwick Cyber GRP. The talk will be historical, but will inform current debates over trusted devices, supply chain security and 5G.