Preliminary Program

Financial Cryptography `99
February 22-25, 1999, Anguilla, BWI
Preliminary Conference Program

FC99, the third international conference on financial data security and digital commerce, will be held in Anguilla, British West Indies. FC99 aims to bring together persons involved in both the financial and data security fields to foster cooperation and exchange of ideas.  The conference is organized by the International Financial Cryptography Association (IFCA).


Monday 22 February

    Session 1: Electronic Commerce

    • Experimenting with electronic commerce on the PalmPilot
      Neil Daswani, Dan Boneh (Stanford, U.S.A.)
    • Blinding of credit card numbers in the SET protocol
      Hugo Krawczyk (Technion, Israel)

    Session 2: Anonymity Control

    • Trustee tokens: Simple and practical anonymous digital coin tracing
      Ari Juels (RSA Laboratories, U.S.A.)
    • A new approach for anonymity control in electronic cash systems
      Tomas Sander, Amnon Ta-Shma (ICSI, U.S.A.)

    Session 3: Fraud Management

    • E-cash systems with randomized audit
      Yacov Yacobi (Microsoft Research, U.S.A.)
    • Assessment of counterfeit transaction detection systems for smart card based ecash
      Kazuo Ezawa, Gregory Napiorkowski, Mariusz Kossarski (Mondex International, U.S.A.)

Tuesday 23 February

    Session 4: Invited Speaker

    • Adi Shamir (Weizmann Institute, Israel)

    Session 5: Public-Key Certificates

    • Reasoning about public-key certification: On bindings between entities and public keys
      Reto Kohlas, Ueli Maurer (ETH, Switzerland)
    • Online certificate status checking in financial transactions: The case for re-issuance
      Barbara Fox, Brian LaMacchia (Microsoft, U.S.A.)
    • Online certificate checking: One year later
      Panel discussion led by Michael Myers (VeriSign, U.S.A.)

Wednesday 24 February

    Session 6: Steganography

    • Playing `hide and seek' with stored keys
      Adi Shamir (Weizmann Institute, Israel), Nicko van Someren (nCipher, England)
    • On channel capacity and modulation in watermarking of digital still images
      Markus Breitbach, Hideki Imai (University of Tokyo, Japan)

    Session 7: Content Distribution

    • Towards making broadcast encryption practical
      Michel Abdalla (U.C. San Diego), Yuval Shavitt and Avishai Wool (Bell Labs, U.S.A.)
    • Conditional access concepts and principles
      David Kravitz and David Goldschlag (Divx, U.S.A.)
    • Fair use, intellectual property, and the information economy
      Panel discussion led by Joan Feigenbaum (AT&T Labs, U.S.A.)

Thursday 25 February

    Session 8: Anonymity Mechanisms

    • Anonymous authentication of membership in dynamic groups
      Stuart Schecter (Harvard), Todd Parnell, Alexander Hartemink (MIT, U.S.A.)
    • Some open issues and new directions in group signatures
      Giuseppe Ateniese (Universita di Genova, Italy), Gene Tsudik (USC ISI, U.S.A.)

    Session 9: Auctions and Markets

    • Anonymous investing: Hiding the identities of stockholders
      Philip MacKenzie (Bell Labs, U.S.A.), Jeffrey Sorensen (IBM Research, U.S.A.)
    • Fair on-line auctions without special trusted parties
      Stuart Stubblebine (AT&T Labs, U.S.A.), Paul Syverson (Naval Research Lab, U.S.A.)

    Session 10: Distributed Cryptography

    • "Dynamic Fault"-robust cryptosystems meet organizational needs for dynamic control
      Yair Frankel and Moti Yung (CertCo, U.S.A.)
    • Improved magic ink signatures using hints
      Markus Jakobsson (Bell Labs, U.S.A.), Joy Muller (Gutenberg University, Germany)



In addition to the regular conference program, a rump session will be held on the evening of Tuesday 23 February to provide an opportunity for less formal presentations.  Although the rump session will be organized during the conference itself, advance proposals may be submitted by email.  Rump session contributions will not appear in the conference proceedings.

Send rump session contributions to:
Matt Blaze


An exhibition will be held in conjunction with the technical program, with product displays, demonstrations, and presentations of a business-oriented nature.  Scientific sessions are primarily scheduled for the mornings and exhibition sessions for the afternoons.


The conference will be held at Chandeliers, the conference facility of the InterIsland Hotel, which is on Road Bay, near Sandy Ground Village, in the South Hill section of Anguilla.  The conference will have TCP/IP internet access.  Shuttle service between the conference and the Mariners hotel will be available.


Registration can be done via the web at URL http://fc99.ai/.  The fee for the conference, which covers all conference materials and events (including preproceedings, final proceedings, attendance at scientific sessions, and breakfast and lunch each day of the conference), is:

  • $850 regular registration
  • $350 academic registration
  • $150 student registration

An additional $50 fee applies to registrations for which payment is received after January 1, 1999.

A $100 discount ($50 for academic and student registrations) is available to participants who pay their registration fee by electronic money.

Payment may be made by credit card, bank transfer, electronic money, or cash.


A limited number of stipends to help defray the costs of attendance may be available to full-time students with a paper accepted for presentation at the conference.  If you would like to apply for a stipend, please contact the General Chair at the email address listed below.


The conference hotel is not recommended except to those seeking budget accomodations.  The recommended hotel is Mariners, where a block reservation has been made.  To reserve a room, please call the hotel at +1 (809) 497-2671 and mention that you will be attending FC99. Information about other hotels is available at URL http://fc99.ai.


A welcome reception will be held from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Monday, February 22, 1999, the evening of the first day of the conference.


Visas are not required for citizens of most American and European countries.  If you are uncertain about whether you need a visa, contact the local British consulate for information.

Getting to Anguilla
From North America, Anguilla is usually reached via San Juan (Puerto Rico).  From Europe, the best connections are via St. Maarten/St. Martin (from Amsterdam or Paris), or Antigua (from London).  St. Martin is very close to Anguilla and is connected by ferry as well as by plane.

Local Transportation
The simplest way to get around Anguilla is to rent a car.  You will need to buy an Anguilla drivers license, but this is a formality. Taxis are also available.  Another possibility is to hitch rides from local residents, who are eager to provide them and will often stop to offer rides unsolicited.  Transportation will be provided at specific times between Mariners and the InterIsland hotel.

Expect temperatures in the 20's or 30's Celsius, 70's or 80's Fahrenheit.  There is often a strong wind, with cloudbursts that quickly blow over.  Dress code for the conference is shorts and T-shirt.

The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), with an exchange rate of approximately EC$2.7/US$1, but many goods and services in Anguilla, particularly those aimed primarily at tourists (such as restaurants and hotels) are priced in US dollars.  US dollars are freely tradable everywhere on the island, so there is no need to obtain EC dollars before arrival.


Joan Feigenbaum, AT&T Labs
Yair Frankel, CertCo
Matthew Franklin, Xerox PARC
David Goldschlag, Divx
Markus Jakobsson, Bell Labs
Ari Juels, RSA Labs
Arjen Lenstra, Citibank
Clifford Neuman, Univ. Southern California
Berry Schoenmakers, Digicash
Jacques Stern, ENS
Yacov Yacobi, Microsoft
Bennet Yee, U.C. San Diego

Program Chair:
Matthew Franklin       


General Chair:
Rafael Hirschfeld

Local Arrangements Chair:
Vincent Cate


FC99 is sponsored by:

nCipher Corporation - http://www.ncipher.com
e-gold Transnational -
Hansa Bank & Trust Company -
Offshore Information Services -

If you are interested in sponsoring FC99, please contact the General Chair at the email address listed above.

For further information, please see the main FC99 conference web page at URL http://fc99.ai/.

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