I am running for Director of the IACR in the 2016 elections.

My short statement.

I have served the IACR since 1997 as director, vice-president and president. I would like to contribute my experience to further develop the IACR, with as key points maintaining scientific quality, open availability of scientific results, supporting students and exploring how our publications and events can be gradually improved.

My longer statement.

The IACR is a community with a rich history and a promising future. I have joined the IACR in 1989 and I have attended 28 Eurocrypts and Cryptos, 11 of the past 13 Asiacrypts, 22 FSEs, and 12 CHES conferences. I had the pleasure to serve on the IACR Board since 1997 as Director, Vice-President (2002-2007) and President (2008-2013); I have attended all Board of Directors meetings in the last 20 years. Based on my track record, I would like to receive your support to serve the IACR and the community as Director.
We should focus on:
    1) scientific quality of conferences and publications,
    2) making further progress towards open access publishing,
    3) enhancing international and student participation,
    4) protecting free research in cryptology,
    5) maintaining strong links between academic and industrial research.


 Honours: Professional activities:

I am looking forward to work with the community in order to explore how we can improve our publication models to better serve the interest of our members. IACR has been conservative and careful in adopting changes, and I see this as a good thing. We should try to move forward in a way that we keep the strong elements of our current approach and benefit from the innovations offered by technology. I have been heavily involved in the move of FSE towards a conference-journal hybrid publication model; so far the experience has been excellent. The first issue of the new Transactions on Symmetric Cryptology (ToSC) will be available in the Fall of 2017.

The IACR has a long term agenda to enhance international participation and to enable researchers in all continents to benefit from and contribute to our community. We should support new initiatives in this direction and think of new ways to reach out to those who are currently not able to participate.

While the core business of IACR is research, the organization also has a broader mission ("to serve public welfare") and a social responsibility. We cannot escape the fact that the role of our science in protecting society and its citizens is being debated. I believe that it is important for IACR and its members to speak out when human rights and core values of our societies are at risk.

Bart Preneel