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Burdens of Proof: Cryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents

Jean-Francois Blanchette


The gradual disappearance of paper and its familiar evidential qualities affects almost every dimension of contemporary life. From health records to ballots, almost all documents are now digitized at some point of their life cycle, easily copied, altered, and distributed. This book examines the challenge of defining a new evidentiary framework for electronic documents, focusing on the design of a digital equivalent to handwritten signatures. From the blackboards of mathematicians to the halls of legislative assemblies, the book traces the path of such an equivalent: digital signatures based on ... More

Keywords: paper, health records, ballots, electronic documents, evidentiary framework, handwritten signatures, digital signatures, public-key cryptography, cryptographic signatures, legal reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780262017510
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017510.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jean-Francois Blanchette, author