DARPA Invests 5 Million Towards Solving Homomorphic Encryption
(The Hosting News) – DARPA, the Defense Advanced Reasearch Projects Agency, announced Tuesday that it will invest 5 million dollars in conjunction with Galois towards figuring out fully homomorphic encryption. Such encryption involves allowing an encrypted database to be searched without actually using any decryption. That means a user can use an online search engine without the database host computer ever having access to what the user is typing into the search box.
The possibility of homomorphic encryption could provide a breakthrough when it comes to user privacy concerns. The encryption was proposed nearly 3 decades ago, but research only recently picked up when IBM programmer Craig Gentry proposed a new solution to cracking the problem.
However, the idea is still only in its infancy. With the current research completed, programmers speculate that it would take nearly one trillion times longer using the proposed encryption method to complete a simple Google search. Such a reason is exactly why DARPA is investing so much towards improving Gentry’s proposed solution.
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