I am running for President of the IACR in the 2010 elections.
Below my longer statement. BP

The IACR is a community with a rich history and a promising future. I had the pleasure to serve on the IACR Board since 1997, as Director, Vice-President and President. Based on my track record, I would like to receive your support to serve for the IACR for a second term as President.


We should focus on:
    1) scientific quality of conferences and publications,
    2) making further progress in electronic publishing,
    3) enhancing international and student participation,
    4) protecting free research in cryptology,
    5) maintaining strong links between academic and industrial research.
 

Service:

Professional activities:

In the last decade IACR has made substantial progress in the area of electronic publishing: we have published CD-ROMs of past proceedings, we run the eprint server, and we have established the IACR reading room at Springer that offers to our members free access to the Journal of Cryptology and our past proceedings. We are offering open access to IACR conferences and workshops (our current agreement with Springer Verlag allows to do this 2 years after the event). Overall, this has been a substantial progress for our community. As IACR intends to advance research in cryptology, our long term goal should be to make as much of the great research performed in our community available to a broad audience. I have made some modest contributions in the past decade towards achieving this goal. If elected, I intend to make further progress in this direction.

At regular intervals, hurdles pop up that have an impact on open research in cryptology (if only because it is substantially harder for people from certain countries to obtain visa).
I want to stress that I believe that IACR is an International Research organization (the I and the R in IACR); this means that IACR should not get too much involved in politics (and certainly not in politics of a single country).
On the other hand, it would be quite naive to state in the bylaws that the organization wants to promote open research in cryptology on the one hand, and look the other way when political or legal developments threaten to block such research. I believe that IACR should monitor closely what is happening, and should issue - when necessary - statements defending what it stands for.

Our three flagship conferences (Asiacrypt, Crypto, Eurocrypt) should keep focusing on scientific quality. In 2001, the Board of Directors has adopted FSE (Fast Software Encryption) as a workshop sponsored by IACR. I was one of the driving forces behind this decision. Since then, three other workshops have joined the list: PKC, CHES and TCC. I believe that this has strengthened and enriched our community. We should continue exploring other options for slow organic growth, taking into account the limitations and constraints of an organization that is run by volunteers.
One by-product of the integration of the workshops is that IACR now handles seven events per year and it is no longer possible for an IACR member to attend most of the events. In 2010, we had two workshops colocated with flagship conferences; this increased attendance for both events and was very well received by the community. I am convinced that we should explore how can repeat this success. This will require careful consultation and planning.
In view of the developments in the field, I believe that the IACR should stimulate efforts to organize scientific tutorials before these conferences.

Based on my experience with my students, it is very important that IACR stimulates attendance of students at our events. Currently students are subsidized through lower registration fees and grants. IACR should continue this policy.

Bart Preneel