Dr. Konstantinos Chalkias
Lead Cryptographer and Blockchain Engineer
Facebook, Menlo Park, California, USA
Abstract: This presentation will focus on how we can use cryptography and blockchain technology (such as Bitcoin) for emerging applications and give answers on what is a blockchain and why people think it’s the next generation of the internet. How to protect our health records and our confidential data? how a global currency would look like in 10 years from now? Can a quantum computer break today’s cryptography?
Profile: Kostas is the Lead Cryptographer of Facebook’s blockchain and privacy strategy currently focusing on applying advanced encryption, post-quantum digital signatures and zero-knowledge proofs for creating the next generation blockchain platforms with applications to the protection of user’s confidential data, health records, copyrights and any kind of financial transactions.
Kostas is also an active researcher having proposed some of the fastest protocols in the fields of timed-release encryption (send a message into the future, i.e., decrypt it in 30 years), graphical passwords (the ones you use to log in to your mobile phone), transparent random generators for fair lotteries and post-quantum cryptography.
Before joining Facebook, he was the Head of Cryptography at R3, a consortium of world’s biggest banks (Bank of America, Barclay’s, HSBC, Goldman Sachs etc.) with notable partners such as Intel and Microsoft.
Prior to that, he was the Lead Security Developer in two big data and natural language processing start-ups in San Francisco, but before that he was an academic teaching the courses of Applied Cryptography, Chaos Theory and Statistics and has given lectures to MIT, Brown University and University College London.