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Beyond Schlock on Screen: Teaching the History of Cryptology Through Media Representations of Secret Communications

Peter Krapp
Film & Media Studies/ Informatics, Humanities Gateway 2321, University of California, Irvine, USA

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Published in: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Historical Cryptology, HistoCrypt 2019, June 23-26, 2019, Mons, Belgium

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 158:9, p. 79-85

NEALT Proceedings Series 37:9, p. 79-85

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Published: 2019-06-12

ISBN: 978-91-7685-087-9

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


This paper lays out the course design for, and teaching experiences with, a class that introduces students in the humanities to the history of cryptology, with particular attention to film and media studies. The course covers principles of secret communication from ancient times to the 2 I81 century, and encourages students to develop creative solutions that may help portray computing, computer networks, and cybersecurity issues in more informed and accurate ways on screen.


Cryptology Film Cinema Television History Pedagogy Cybersecurity


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