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Submission + - Pirate Party Officially Begins Forming in Utah (

Jared writes: "The Pirate Party of the United States has announced that it is currently trying to register itself as an officially recognized party in the state of Utah. The first step in the registration of the Pirate Party as a political body in the State of Utah is to gather statements of support from at least 2000 registered voters in the state, and it has until early February 2008 to do so. "We feel that Utah is an ideal state to begin registration of the Pirate Party as a political body," says Andrew Norton, spokesperson for the Pirate Party of the US. "Utah has a strong history of political diversity, and technological progress.""

Submission + - The Uneasy Relationship of Math and Crypto

Coryoth writes: "Neal Koblitz, the creator of Elliptic Curve Cryptography, has an interesting article on the history of sophisticated mathematics in cryptography. Math has always played a key role in cryptography, but in the last few decades far more sophisticated pure mathematics has become increasingly vital to cryptography. This, in turn, has brought about an uneasy relationship between pure mathematicians and cryptographers. The result has been fruitful, but has also had a few unpleasant side effects; the article spends some time discussing and dissecting, and debunking the claims of "provably secure" cryptosystems."

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