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International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, Volume X, No. X, 2004 1 A decentralized public
 

Summary: International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, Volume X, No. X, 2004 1
A decentralized public
key infrastructure for
customer-to-customer e-
commerce*
Karl Aberer, Anwitaman Datta, and Manfred Hauswirth
Distributed Information System Lab, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,
Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
{karl.aberer, anwitaman.datta, manfred.hauswirth}@epfl.ch
Abstract: The success story of eBay has shown the demand for customer-to-customer
(C2C) electronic commerce. eBay is a centralized infrastructure with all its scalability
problems (network bandwidth, server load, availability, etc.). In this paper we argue that
C2C e-commerce is an application domain that maps naturally onto the emerging field of
peer-to-peer (P2P) systems simply by its underlying interaction model of customers, i.e.,
peers. This offers the opportunity to take P2P systems beyond mere file sharing systems
into interesting new application domains. The long-term goal would be to design a fully
functional decentralized system which resembles eBay without eBay's dedicated,
centralized infrastructure. Since security (authenticity, non-repudiation, trust, etc.) is key to
any e-commerce infrastructure, our envisioned P2P e-commerce platform has to address
these security issues adequately. As the first step in this direction we present an approach

  

Source: Aberer, Karl - Faculté Informatique et Communications, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences