An IBM researcher has been named as the winner of the 2010 Privacy Enhancing Technology Award. The award was presented to Craig Gentry Wednesday in Berlin for solving a mathematical problem that has challenged researchers ever since public-key encryption was invented decades ago, reports CNW. Commissioner Ann Cavoukian and Microsoft are cosponsors of the award, which was created in 2003 to encourage the development of technology that helps protect privacy. Cavoukian said Gentry's accomplishment "demonstrates how technology can be an extremely effective privacy-enhancing tool" and applauds his exceptional achievement.
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