CCIS Seminar - Wednesday 18 January 2006 - salle A. Turing CE4
14:00:00 - Salle de salle A. Turing CE4

Moni Naor, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)

Spam fighting and The Complexity of Pebbling Graphs.

Abstract: Consider the following simple technique for combatting spam: If I don't know you, and you want your e-mail to appear in my inbox, then you must attach to your message an easily verified "proof of computational effort", just for me and just for this message. To apply this approach one needs to be able to come up with computational problems where solving them requires significant expenditure of resources while verifying a solution can be done easily. In this talk I will introduce this approach and concentrate on the choice of computational problems for which most of the work is in retrieving information from memory. In particular I will describe the connection to pebbling problems. Joint work with Cynthia Dwork and Hoeteck Wee

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