This year’s HistoCrypt conference will involve a unique line-up of world-renowned speakers and panelists – including Bill Clinton, Giovanni Infantino, and Bill Cosby.

HistoCrypt (June 23-26 in Mons, Belgium), Europe’s most important crypto history conference, is once again approaching. It is a great honor for me to have been chosen to take the office of the program chair of this event. It goes without saying that I’m doing my best to hire as many top-level speakers and panelists as possible. The outstanding reputation of HistoCrypt (and perhaps my outstanding reputation) have made this task a lot easier.

Here is an excerpt from the (priliminary) agenda of HistoCrypt 2019:

The UK paradox: We broke the Enigma, but we are failing to handle the Brexit
Theresa May, Prime Minister of the UK

Methods to create a mediocre Voynich manuscript facsimile
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, plagiarism and falsification expert

The Lewinsky failure: How a Whitehouse affair became public, although the US uses the best ciphers
Bill Clinton, former US president

Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Panel discussion: Prison ciphers – A practical view
Panelists: Uli Hoeneß, O. J. Simpson, Bernard Madoff (via video conference), Bill Cosby (via video conference), Ross Ulbricht (via video conference)

Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

How I learned that cell-phone encryption makes sense
Angela Merkel, German chancellor

Panel discussion: Would encryption have been a proper means to hide our tax frauds?
Panelists: Boris Becker, Franz Beckenbauer, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Cristiano Ronaldo

Panel discussion: Is frequency analysis always reliable?
Panelists: Al Gore and Hillary Clinton (experts in losing elections though having the majority of votes)

When your career works perfectly, but your private life is a desaster – a guide not only for cryptologists
Cristiano Ronaldo, soccer player

A practical view on hill climbing
Reinhold Messner, hill climbing expert

The Playfair cipher
Lance Armstrong, fairplay expert

There’s no such thing as a HistoCryxit – Why UK members of the HistoCrypt community won’t be kicked out after Brexit
Klaus Schmeh, crypto-European

Christina Förster, used with permission

Is “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” an acrostic? The final answer
Paul McCartney, ex-Beatle

Why HistoCrypt 2025 should take place in the Sahara with 768 presentations
Giovanni Infantino, expert in ruining great event series

The final agenda of HistoCrypt 2019 will be available in May. I can’t guarantee that all these talks will be included, but I certainly can guarantee that there will be interesting talks given by great speakers.

Further reading: My appearance in a new Hollywood movie


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Kommentare (6)

  1. #1 George Keller
    Port Jervis, N.Y. USA
    1. April 2019

    Klaus, Ann and I will be there to whom should I send my check? In Deutschmarks?
    I can’t wait to see Bernie Madoff, he is a hero of mine. He was asked where he got the idea for his scheme, he said from “The Social administration


  2. #2 Gert Brantner
    Berlin - Neukölln
    1. April 2019

    Guttenberg 🙂
    Especially funny this year!

  3. #3 Jerry McCarthy
    England, Europa
    1. April 2019

    I already feel that I am living through the longest event of this nature…..

  4. #4 Richard SantaColoma
    1. April 2019

    Now that I know the impressive line-up of speakers, I especially hope my talk, “The Ovaltine Decoder Ring Cipher: Still Unbreakable After all these Years” is accepted.

  5. #5 Marc
    1. April 2019


  6. #6 Dampier
    1. April 2019

    Thanks! I laughed :))