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The Milton Keynes Citizen keeps us up-to-date, 1 Jul 2022:
‘Turing rainbow’ pays fitting homage to codebreaking hero above Milton Keynes pub which bears his name

The Black Chamber: How the ladies of early American codebreaking helped win the Battle of Midway We Are the Mighty, 1 Jun 2022

The Cornerstone of Cybersecurity – Cryptographic Standards and a 50-Year EvolutionNational Institute of Standards and Technology, 26 May 2022

More on the World Economic Forum’s Cyber Resilience Pledge. CyberWire, 27 May 22

White House wants nation to prepare for cryptography-breaking quantum computers A memorandum issued Wednesday by President Joe Biden orders federal agencies to ramp up preparations for a day when quantum computers are capable of breaking the public-key cryptography currently used to secure digital systems around the world. 4 May 2022 in The Record

Bletchley Park unveils its biggest ever exhibition on World War Two code-breaking, ITV Anglia, 26 Apr 2022

We’re helping kids to crack the maths code – Dr Andrew Potter He has found that one of the best ways to do this is via codebreaking. Many people enjoy a puzzle, and codebreaking (or cryptography, as it is also known) has the added romance of a rich history behind it, including the secret ciphers of Roman leader Julius Caesar, Mary Queen of Scots, the Freemasons and the Enigma code of World War II. The Scotsman, 10 April 2022

Radix’s .Tech Domains announces the return of its codebreaking game in partnership with GitHub, Major League Hacking (MLH), Digital Ocean, Namecheap, and more. CircleID, 30 Mar 2022

Seeing the World Differently, from The Sidney Daily News, 25 Feb 2022. Recently, the popular word game Wordle, and its numerical equivalent, Nerdle, have become especially popular. While there are a variety of interesting mathematical puzzles, some of the more serious applications in history involving the study of the ordering of numbers and letters, and various combinations thereof, have been in the science of cryptography.

What is Cryptography? from The Motley Fool, 14 Feb 2022. Forms of cryptography have been around for thousands of years. But cryptography has taken on new meaning in the age of computing. The world is going digital, and keeping data safe is more important than ever…

Spotlight on…Milton Keynes (wartime code breaking to exciting growth as a vibrant new city)
However, this ‘new city’ is not resting on its laurels. The future of Milton Keynes, as mapped out in the development plan (Plan:MK) and Strategy for 2050, would see growth continue at pace. This includes proposals for 25,000 more homes and for the population to increase to 335,000 by 2031 and 400,000 by 2050.

The unknown heroes from Bletchley Park will get their moment of glory as a book focusing on the war has been released to the public. 100 People You Never Knew were at Bletchley Park showcases those who spent hours, days, weeks, months, and years attempting to crack the codes the Germans used during the Second World War. “For all of them, codebreaking was just one of their many extraordinary achievements.” The book can be bought on Amazon, Waterstone’s, and other bookshops.

The Bombe – The machine that defeated Enigma Dermot Turing. I received notice that this book has recently been released, and is available in Britain from The National Museum of Computing. It can be ordered online.

Radio: Cracking the code, from ABC News. How is code breaking used these days? What kind of mind do you need to have to be a code breaker? Or can computers do it all? Phillip Clark took a look.

Ian Fleming cufflinks with mystery code sell at auction
BBC News, 19 Nov 2021
A pair of cufflinks belonging to James Bond author Ian Fleming and engraved with an unsolved code have sold for almost £6,000 at auction. The cultured pearl set cufflinks come with the mystery inscriptions: WUS, SIL, UDH and NUF.
Louise Dennis, head of jewellery at Oxford auctioneers Mallams, called it a “fabulous challenge to all aspiring spies and codebreakers out there”.

Review: ‘The Writing of the Gods,’ by Edward Dolnick
A wide-ranging look at the discovery and decoding of the Rosetta Stone, which catalyzed our understanding of hieroglyphs and ancient Egypt.

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  • Dayton Codebreakers DVDs

    DVDs are available locally. The Museum Store at Carillon Park is open once again and keeps the DVD in stock. Also re-opening is the book store at the Wright Dunbar Interpretive Center, West Third Street. Those who are not local can reach me at this link
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    WHO worked during the war? Find the Personnel section. Also, Joseph R. Desch
    WHAT were their goals? By the Numbers. Also, The US Bombe
    WHY? History of the Bombe Project A contemporary account of the reasons and the plans for their project for the Director of Naval Communications, 1944.
    WHERE was the project: In Dayton, it was in Building 26. In Washington, it was housed at the Naval Communications Annex