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BAL's Personal Domain and Home Page



Current work address: Current home address:
Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052-6399

Email: bal@microsoft.com

Phone: +1 425 703-9906

Fax: +1 425 93MS-FAX

14150 NE 20th St., #246
Bellevue, WA 98007

Email: bal@farcaster.com


Welcome to www.farcaster.com, my permanent home on the Web. Currently I am the Director of the Security & Cryptography team in the Microsoft Research Technologies Laboratory in Redmond, WA.  Previously positions I have held at Microsoft include Software Architect (Office of the CRSO), Development Lead (.NET Framework Security), and Program Manager for Core Cryptography (Windows 2000).  Before joining Microsoft and moving to Seattle I was a member of the (now-defunct) Public Policy Research Department at AT&T Laboratories--Research in Florham Park, NJ. Before that, I was a graduate student in the Project on Mathematics and Computation at the MIT AI Lab.  My research interests include cryptography, automated resource discovery, and the interactions between various legal regimes and the network.  I am also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Bloomington and an Affiliate Faculty member of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.

Outside of work, I currently serve as President of the Board of Directors of the Seattle International Film Festival and as General Chair of Crypto 2016 an ex officio member of the IACR Board of Directors.

A copy of my CV can be found here.





  • Brian A. LaMacchia, Sebastian Lange, Matthew Lyons, Rudi Martin and Kevin T. Price.  .NET Framework Security.  Addison Wesley Professional: New York, April 2002.  (ISBN 067232184X)

    The definitive reference guide to the Microsoft .NET Framework security system.  Order this book from Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.

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