Information Technology and Globalisation

2310-192X (online)
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This series examines the role of information technology on the globalisation process and addresses the implications on developing countries.

Trusted Services and Public Key Infrastructure

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Commonwealth Secretariat
01 Jan 2001
9781848597372 (PDF)

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This book expounds the role of trusted services and public key infrastructures in enabling the electronic delivery of government services to the public. It is the result of the work of the ICA Study Group on Trusted Services and PKI convened in 1999. It discusses: Ecommerce, the building blocks – trusted business environment for Ecommerce, certification, certification practice and policy, registration, certification usage and certification revocation; policies and strategies for trusted services and PKI; scale and scope of implemented or planned PKIs in the Commonwealth and worldwide; legal framework for use of electronic signatures and electronic certificates; key policy and business drivers for introduction of PKI; key technical issues and standards; barriers to introduction of PKI in government; case studies and the lessons of experience.

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  • Executive Summary

    Transacting business by electronic means, usually over the Internet, is defined here as electronic commerce (eCommerce) in its widest sense.

  • Introduction

    This book is a rewrite of the report of the ICA ‘fast-track’ Study Group on Trusted Services and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), which was established in July 1999, and was asked by the Board of the ICA to conduct its work and to furnish its final report by the end of December 1999.

  • Electronic Commerce: The Building Blocks

    Transacting business by electronic means, usually over public networks, such as the Internet, is defined here as electronic commerce (eCommerce) in its widest sense.

  • Legal Framework for Electronic Commerce

    A framework giving legal effect to the use of PKI technology is central to the achievement of electronic commerce. This may involve both the enactment of new legislation and the revision of existing laws to take account of the particular needs of the electronic market place.

  • PKI Technology Issues, The Trust Environment and the Legislative Landscape

    PKI technology is relatively new. Some of the technical standards supporting this technology are still at the development stage, while other standards are more mature and implemented within COTS (‘commercial off the shelf’) products. Many of the issues arising from the lack of standards in some areas can be avoided by organisations adopting a single product and a single CA.

  • PKI in Electronic Government

    The study examined the key policy and business drivers behind establishing a PKI for Government.

  • Electronic Government: Rolling Out Services

    The Electronic Government Environment is developing rapidly with many of the respondent countries planning to introduce a comprehensive set of electronic services within a one-to-three year timescale. In some cases this will build on an existing but limited set of electronic services to citizens and businesses and providing mainly for basic e-commerce (i.e. e-merchant) services, business registration and taxation returns.

  • Trusted Services and PKI Technology Commonalities in Approaches and Government Initiatives

    This publication has put together key aspects of best practice in trusted services and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) knowledge and experience on the developments of PKI in government and through this report will disseminate key messages more widely. It has been a timely study, addressing issues on a topic which is at the very heart of governments' plans in the achievement of electronic commerce and electronic government.

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