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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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On the Brink of a Revolution

On the Brink of a Revolution

(p.39) 3 On the Brink of a Revolution
Burdens of Proof

Jean-François Blanchette

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This chapter focuses on the 1976 publication of Whit Diffie and Martin Hellman’s “New Directions in Cryptography,” which is considers a turning point in the history of cryptographic innovation. It explains that the book argued not only for radically new applications of cryptography for the coming age of computer networks, but also for a new paradigm of provable security based on the certification of cryptosystems through the mathematical frameworks of complexity theory and algorithmics. It also describes the emergence of cryptography in the 1990s as the Internet’s first native political movement and cyberlibertarianism’s most prominent voice.

Keywords:   New Directions in Cryptography, Whit Diffie, Martin Hellman, cryptographic innovation, computer networks, cryptosystems, complexity theory, Internet, cyberlibertarianism

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