The Global Internet Trust Register 1999Paperback
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- Publisher: MIT Press
- Format: Paperback | 186 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 228mm x 28mm | 1,089g
- Publication date: 13 April 1999
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge, Mass.
- ISBN 10: 0262511053
- ISBN 13: 9780262511056
- Edition statement: 1999 ed
The development of electronic commerce and other applications on the Internet is held up by concerns about security. Cryptography - the science of codes and ciphers - will be a significant part of the solution, but one of the problems is enabling users to find out which cryptographic keys belong to whom. The main things that can go wrong are similar to those that can go wrong with a signature stamp - it can be stolen, or counterfeit or it may not belong to the person one thought it did. This text seeks to help solve the third risk. It aims to cut through the chaos by publishing the thousand or so keys in paper form, as a kind of global phone book. The secondary aim is political: by printing the keys on paper, established legal protections can be used to limit government interference.
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"An important tool to ensure trusted communications in a world where individual rights to privacy are under regulatory assault."--Jim Bidzos, President, RSA Data Security, Inc.