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Benjamin Dowling

Benjamin Dowling

Lecturer of Cybersecurity, University of Sheffield
Benjamin Dowling is a lecturer of cybersecurity in the security of advanced systems group at the University of Sheffield. His research is concerned with provable security and applied cryptography, and he has works published in top cryptography and cybersecurity venues.

His work assesses the security of real-world cryptographic protocols and standards, including secure messaging protocols used by millions today. His work also proposes modifications to such protocols to improve their security, and introduces new cryptographic protocols that improve upon the state of the art, to create and influence future standards.

The UK just passed an online safety law that could make people less safe

Sep 26, 2023 03:58 am UTC| Law

The UKs long-debated online safety bill (OSB) has been approved by the House of Lords, clearing the way for it to become law. But it has pitted the government, which proposed the bill, against tech companies that provide...

TikTok bans: what the evidence says about security and privacy concerns

Mar 15, 2023 15:46 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

The UK prime minister, Rishi Sunak, recently hinted that he may ban the social media application TikTok from devices used by government employees. His comments follow similar bans by the European Commission and US...

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Politics

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Technology

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