Digital signatures today

  • A. Michael Froomkin
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1318)


To a lawyer, two issues stand out as critical impediments to the widespread acceptance of digital signatures in electronic commerce: the unresolved nature of liability issues and the looming uncertainty about the nature of the public key infrastructure. These issues are so closely related as to be almost intertwined.


Digital Signature Electronic Commerce Certificate Authority Anonymous Communication Liability Issue 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Michael Froomkin
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  1. 1.University of Miami School of LawUSA

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