From Keys to Databases—Real-World Applications of Secure Multi-Party Computation

David W. Archer, Dan Bogdanov, Yehuda Lindell, Liina Kamm, Kurt Nielsen, Jakob Illeborg Pagter, Nigel P. Smart*, Rebecca N. Wright

*Corresponding author for this work

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We discuss the widely increasing range of applications of a cryptographic technique called multiparty computation. For many decades, this was perceived to be of purely theoretical interest, but now it has started to find application in a number of use cases. We highlight in this paper a number of these, ranging from securing small high-value items such as cryptographic keys, through to securing an entire database.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1749-1771
Number of pages23
JournalComputer Journal
Issue number12
Early online date12 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


  • Cryptography
  • Protocols
  • Security

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