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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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The Cryptographic Imagination

The Cryptographic Imagination

(p.159) 7 The Cryptographic Imagination
Burdens of Proof

Jean-François Blanchette

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This chapter analyzes issues related to the ability of modern cryptography to provide mathematical certification of the effectiveness of cryptosystems. It suggests that the representational nature of models is the source of inescapable gaps between the mathematics of cryptography and their concrete realization in software and hardware artifacts. It also argues that the integration of human capabilities such as memory, perception, and cognition into cryptographic models may provide a potential avenue toward broader social acceptance of cryptographic design goals.

Keywords:   modern cryptography, mathematical certification, cryptosystems, mathematics of cryptography, human capabilities, memory, perception, cognition, social acceptance, cryptographic design goals

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