CSAIL Event Calendar: Previous Series
Secret, Incoercible and Deniable Bidding Countering Collusion in Auctions
Speaker: Michael Rabin , SEAS, Harvard University
Relevant URL: http://www.seas.harvard.edu/directory/rabin
Recent novel highly efficient Zero Knowledge Proofs demonstrated that an auctioneer can receive bids, determine winners and later prove correctness of announced auction results, without revealing any bids values. New work done with Silvio Micali, allows bidders to submit bids in an incoercible and deniable manner. In certain auctions this combined shield of complete secrecy frustrates collusion of bidders against the auctioneer/seller.