‘Cryptic commons’ refers to the common language and understandings across disciplinary boundaries that
are necessary to secure the development of future cryptographic tools that are socially, culturally and
ethically sound (See Mannov et al 20201). Researchers and developers from engineering, data science and
cryptography often work in disciplinary silos where specialized developments can be pursued, and
expertise honed. These are valuable fora for cutting-edge research. But this sometimes comes at the cost of
insight from other disciplines. If data represents citizens, and data analytics is used to make fundamental
decisions about citizens, then securing this data and how it is interpreted is a deeply social endeavor.
Engineers, data scientists and cryptographers are however not trained to grasp social insights that are not
quantifiable. At the same time, social science and humanities researchers often work far from the sites at
which data tools and analytics are developed, and so they lack an understanding of the technical logics and
methods within which their colleagues work.
This workshop brings together noted researchers interested in the development of cryptography and cyberphysical
systems, and their social impacts. We invite scholars from a broad range of disciplines:
cryptography, computer science, engineering and the social and human sciences to explore pathways for
the collaborations and developments that are necessary for the making of cryptic commons.
During the workshop, we will probe what it means to be “stuck in the gap” and how to create “cryptic
Periode20 maj 202121 maj 2021
PlaceringAalborg, DanmarkVis på kort
Grad af anerkendelseInternational


  • Cryptography
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering
  • Anthropology
  • Techno-Anthropology