9: Information security with Alejandro Russo and Haskell


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Fredrik speaks to Alejandro Russo about information security. Using Haskell, it is possible to create a library which can guarantee information security even when information (say, your password to a library checking password strength) is passed on to third-party code. We discuss Alejandro’s paper on this topic and the much wider applicability and possibilities of the ideas - they’re hopefully making their way into browsers!

We also talk a bit about how to inform yourself about security (and what not to do), as well as discuss the flow of knowledge between academia and non-academia.

Alejandro Russo is an associate professor at Chalmers University of Technology working on the intersection of functional languages, security, and systems. He is the recipient of a Google Research Awards and several grants from the Swedish research agencies Vetenskapsrådet, STINT, and Barbro Osher foundation. Internationally, Prof. Russo worked on prestigious research institutions like Stanford University, where he was appointed visiting associate professor. His research ranges from foundational aspects of security to developing tools tosecure software written in Haskell, Python, and JavaScript.


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