In April, Marten van Dijk, head of CWI’s Computer Security group, was quoted in the international edition of New Scientist, in an article on ‘An extreme form of encryption could solve big data's privacy problem’ by Edd Gent.
A brief part of the text, quoted with permission: “Fully homomorphic encryption allows us to run analysis on data without ever seeing the contents. It could help us reap the full benefits of big data, from fighting financial fraud to catching diseases early. (…) In the 30 years since the method was proposed, researchers devised homomorphic encryption schemes that allowed them to carry out a restricted set of operations, for instance only additions or multiplications. Yet fully homomorphic encryption, or FHE, which would let you run any program on the encrypted data, remained elusive. "FHE was what we thought of as being the holy grail in those days," says Marten van Dijk at CWI, the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands. "It was kind of unimaginable." (…)
For the full article, published in the New Scientist Technology section on 6 April 2022, see New Scientist: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25433810-300-an-extreme-form-of-encryption-could-solve-big-datas-privacy-problem/
Quoted with permission by the author.