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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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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Burdens of Proof

Jean-François Blanchette

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the history of cryptographic culture and the place of evidence law in the age of electronic documents. This volume offers a counterpoint to the preference for the analysis of the geometry of the line and describes the deployment of electronic signatures within the very professions entrusted with the production and management of documentary evidence. It also argues against the mathematization of cryptography and proposes a technical foundation for digital signatures based on the mathematics of public-key cryptography.

Keywords:   cryptographic culture, evidence law, electronic documents, geometry of the line, documentary evidence, mathematization of cryptography, digital signatures

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