Location-Private Interstellar Communication

Hugo Jonker, Sjouke Mauw (Lead / Corresponding author), Saša Radomirović

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Mankind is actively trying to communicate with extraterrestrial life. However, historically the discovery of new civilizations has led to war, subjugation, and even elimination. With that in mind, we believe that for any attempted contact with extraterrestrials our location must not be revealed. Therefore, we focus on the problem of location-private interstellar communication. We approach this as a security problem and propose to work towards solutions with tools from the domain of secure communications. As a first step, we give proposals for adversary models, security requirements, and security controls.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSecurity Protocols XXIII
Subtitle of host publication23rd International Workshop Cambridge, UK, March 31 – April 2, 2015 Revised Selected Papers
EditorsBruce Christianson, Petr Švenda, Vashek Matyáš, James Malcolm, Frank Stajano, Jonathan Anderson
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319260969
ISBN (Print)9783319260952
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event23rd International Workshop on Security Protocols: “Information Security in Fiction and in Fact” - Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 31 Mar 20152 Apr 2015
http://homepages.herts.ac.uk/~spw/ (Link to Workshop details)

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Workshop23rd International Workshop on Security Protocols
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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