Dear Readers,

First, thanks very much to my colleague Andy Moore, who took care of Cipher chores while I was away for four weeks in August. And thanks to all of you for your patience in waiting for this issue.

Please notice the submission dates for next spring's Symposium on Security and Privacy: papers are due 15 November. Program Co-chairs George Dinolt and Paul Karger are planning to accept submissions either electronically or by hard copy. I plan to mail the full call for papers to the Cipher mailing list soon after this issue appears.

Erland Jonsson reports an encouraging response to the questionnaire published in the last issue, but he has asked to distribute it one more time in hopes of additional responses; it appears near the end of this issue.

The IEEE Computer Society asks that TC members please send in new membership renewal forms before 31 December. The form appears in this issue (as it has in every other issue); please do fill it out and send it in. It costs nothing more than a stamp, and it will put you on the IEEE CS's roster of TC members (or keep you from falling off).

Carl Landwehr
Editor, Cipher