Cracking Open Encryption Standards

33:31 minutes

Recent revelations about the extent of NSA surveillance have put even the standards by which encryption systems are designed into question. Encryption experts Matthew Green, Phillip Zimmermann, and Martin Hellman discuss what makes a code secure and the limits of privacy in the modern age.

Segment Guests

Matthew D. Green

Matthew D. Green is an assistant research director in the department of computer science at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Phil Zimmermann

Phil Zimmermann is the creator of PGP and president and co-founder of Silent Circle in National Harbor, Maryland.

Martin E. Hellman

Martin E. Hellman is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering in Stanford, California.

Meet the Producer

About Charles Bergquist

As Science Friday’s director, Charles Bergquist channels the chaos of a live production studio into something sounding like a radio program. Favorite topics include planetary sciences, chemistry, materials, and shiny things with blinking lights.