The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has awarded Galois a $1-million contract to make fully homomorphic encryption (FHE) available to programmers by making the technology "practical and usable," according to Galois' David Archer.
The company is working to achieve this breakthrough with the New Jersey Institute of Technology under the Rapid Machine-learning Processing Applications and Reconfigurable Targeting of Security initiative.
Archer describes FHE as a step up from Somewhat Homomorphic Encryption, an approach to protecting data while it is being used in computation. He believes FHE, if trusted by both parties, could enable researchers to use data without actually viewing the original information.
The researchers currently are constructing a prototype that lets analysts using the Julia language write programs that run operations on FHE data as they would any other programs, while also tagging these functions to contend with encrypted data. Archer says their work could be released as open source.
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