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Burdens of ProofCryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents$
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Jean-Francois Blanchette

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017510

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017510.001.0001

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Communication in the Presence of Adversaries

Communication in the Presence of Adversaries

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(p.16) (p.17) 2 Communication in the Presence of Adversaries
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Burdens of Proof
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Jean-François Blanchette

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017510.003.0002

This chapter provides an overview of the history of cryptographic technologies, periodized along successive “information ages.” It explains that the development of cryptographic techniques and devices in each period is driven by a dominant information and communication technology, such as telegraph, electromechanical computing, and networked computing. It also highlights the unarticulated dimensions of the cryptographic experience. These include the design trade-offs that seem to perpetually obtain between high-grade security and user-friendliness and the embodiment of cryptographic techniques in physical artifacts.

Keywords:   cryptographic technologies, information ages, information and communication technology, telegraph, electromechanical computing, networked computing, high-grade security, user-friendliness

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