Secure books: Protecting the distribution of knowledge [chapter]

Ross J. Anderson, Václav Matyáš, Fabien A. Petitcolas, Iain E. Buchan, Rudolf Hanka
1998 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
We undertook a project to secure the distribution of medical information using Wax. This is a proprietary hypertext-based system used for information such as treatment protocols, drug formularies, and teaching material. An initial attempt, using digital signatures (in line with a recent European standard) and certificates conforming to X.509 has thrown up a number of interesting problems with current approaches to public key infrastructures. While the X.509 philosophy may be suitable for many
more » ... ectronic commerce applications, signatures on which we may have to rely for many years -such as those on books and contractsappear to require a different approach.
doi:10.1007/bfb0028155 fatcat:nx7j7fmmfzf2bhzf5gn6ymptj4