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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Homomorphic Standards, Sample Efforts

Very useful piece with links to alternate standards and company efforts underway.  Much more at the link

Homomorphic Encryption Standardization

An Open Industry / Government / Academic Consortium to Advance Secure Computation

Standards Meetings

Additional introductory material on homomorphic encryption can be found on the Homomorphic Encryption Wikipedia page.


There are several reasons why we think this is the right time to standardize homomorphic encryption.

There is already dire need for easily available secure computation technology, and this need will be getting stronger as more companies and individuals switch to cloud storage and computing. Homomorphic encryption is already ripe for mainstream use, but the current lack of standardization is making it difficult to start using it.

Specifically, the current implementations are not easy enough to use by non-experts. The standard will push to uniformize and simplify their API, and educate the application developers about to use them.

The security properties of RLWE-based homomorphic encryption schemes can be hard to understand. The standard will present the security properties of the standardized scheme(s) in a clear and understandable form.


Fully homomorphic encryption, or simply homomorphic encryption, refers to a class of encryption methods envisioned by Rivest, Adleman, and Dertouzos already in 1978, and first constructed by Craig Gentry in 2009. Homomorphic encryption differs from typical encryption methods in that it allows computation to be performed directly on encrypted data without requiring access to a secret key. The result of such a computation remains in encrypted form, and can at a later point be revealed by the owner of the secret key.... "

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