Popular culture makes us believe that cryptography is an intellectual challenge surrounded by mystery. Laszlo Csirmaz, professor in CEU’s Department of Mathematics and Its Applications and the Computer and Statistics Center, started researching cryptography, secret sharing in particular, so long ago that he’s not sure now what drove him to the subject at first. However, he still finds recovering secrets fascinating.
Drugs aren't just being bought, sold, and fought over in the terrestrial world. In recent years, illegal drug sales have flourished on the so-called Dark Net, part of the Internet that is only accessible via special software. U.S. and UK law enforcement agencies have shut down well-known suppliers and perhaps the Internet's most notorious peddler of illegal goods, Dread Pirate Roberts (Ross Ulbricht) of the defunct site Silk Road, is now behind bars and facing a life sentence in the U.S.
When Uwe Puetter, professor in the Department of Public Policy and director of the Center for European Union Research, started to work on his research into the changing role of the European Council and the Council of the European Union (or the Council in short) in 2007-08, he was met with skepticism. It took the Euro crisis to convince skeptics of the relevancy of the European Council.