Thanks to Bill and Lance for announcing my blog.
So does the world need a crypto blog? First, I should say that it doesn’t really matter to me. I have wanted to try blogging for a while, and as I keep insisting (at least until I start losing readers!) I plan to blog about things other than crypto — including security, TCS, academia in general, as well as the catch-all topic “random”.
But there is also something more fundamental that motivated me to finally start this blog. Given all the theory blogs out there, many of very high quality, it was somewhat surprising (and dismaying) to me that there were no crypto blogs. As I was quoted on Bill’s blog (paraphrasing Lance):
The blog will cover random topics, but especially crypto…I hope this will become…a meeting place for the crypto community where we would have some discussions…over issues of concern to our community
By the way, it’s not entirely true that there are no crypto blogs. Adam Smith beat me to it, and had he posted more often I probably would not have rushed to start this blog. (Adam, take this as encouragement to post more often!) Other cryptographers with a blog include Helger Lipmaa and Manoj Prabhakaran, but Helger’s blog is defunct and Manoj, as far as I could tell, does not post about crypto. Given the extensive lecture notes on cryptography he posted last semester, Luca Trevisan also deserves mention; to the best of my knowledge, though, Luca would not call himself a cryptographer.