Information Hiding

Sharing Secrets #

Computers are often used to store private information, and we often want to share parts of it without giving up our full privacy.

This activity shows a surprising technique discovered by computer scientists that seems impossible; it allows people to share personal certain kinds of information accurately without having to give up any privacy at all.

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More activities and lessons #

  • The Mathmaniacs web site has a similar activity (lesson B).
  • Try Engineering has an activity called Electric Messages: Then and Now which explores electronic communication, the Morse Code system, and advances all the way through text messaging. Students build a simple circuit, send messages to one another. and explore the impact of electrical communications on society.

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Great Principles of Computer Science #

  • Communication