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I'm in the middle of planning a 5000ish word essay on fully homomorphic cryptography, the current practical implementations and their limitations.

Which areas of CS as a subject have been (or will be) most affected or will utilise fully homomorphic cryptography the most in the coming years and developments?

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closed as primarily opinion-based by e-sushi, poncho, otus, D.W., rath Jun 10 '14 at 4:37

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What research have you already done? We expect you to do some research on your own before asking here. (And, by the way, a bit of friendly advice: do your own homework. There's a reason your instructors assign you homework: because it will help you learn!) – D.W. Jun 9 '13 at 0:13

None. No area of CS has been affected by fully homomorphic encryption yet, because it isn't practical (yet). If it becomes practical, it could have a significant effect on computer security and cryptography, but that remains speculative at this point.

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Hmm, so I would want to focus moreso on homomorphic cryptography and perhaps at the end touch on the possibilities of fully homomorphic cryptography? – c3ntury Jun 9 '13 at 9:03
@c3ntury, a great first step would be to do some reading on these topics. That will likely give you a much better sense of how to focus your essay. Start by searching for "homomorphic" on this site and on Wikipedia and on Google; you'll find some good information and some pointers to where to learn more, and that ought to give you a reasonable overview, for starters. – D.W. Jun 9 '13 at 17:30

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