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Two MIT professors win computing award

Their complex algorithms and advanced mathematical theories probably would not mean much to anyone without a degree in computer science, but the work of two Massachusetts Institute of Technology professors has established the gold standard for safeguarding transactions on the Web.

Some 30 years after professors Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali began working in the field of modern cryptography, the two were awarded the prestigious A.M. Turing Award Wednesday from the Association for Computing Machinery for their pioneering work on the kind of data encryption used to protect electronic commerce from malicious hackers and thieves.

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