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Inside the Communication RevolutionEvolving Patterns of Social and Technical Interaction$
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Robin Mansell

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198296553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198296553.001.0001

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Mind the Gap: Digital Certificates, Trust, and the Electronic Marketplace

Mind the Gap: Digital Certificates, Trust, and the Electronic Marketplace

(p.110) 5 Mind the Gap: Digital Certificates, Trust, and the Electronic Marketplace
Inside the Communication Revolution

Ingrid Schenk

Oxford University Press

Although user anonymity is one of the perceived qualities of the Internet, this has become a problem for those who wish to promote commercial transactions through this medium. It becomes difficult for people to determine whether the other party that they transact with can be trustworthy or not. Public key infrastructures (PKIs) refer to systems that rule over the provision of trust services such as digital certificates by trust service providers (TSPs). PKIs are one of the proposed solutions in assuring users with certified credentials for secure exchanges made over the Internet. Thus, several countries are trying to come up with a common infrastructure model for open network electronic commerce. This chapter discusses whether these trust services can offer commercial feasibility for TSPs and promote responsiveness to user concerns about authentication through formulating strategies for market entry and development.

Keywords:   anonymity, authentication, commercial transactions, electronic, public key infrastructures, trust service providers, electronic commerce

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