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©1998-2004 ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) E-Strategies. Page - 1 Policy Issues for e-Applications (e-Commerce) Alexander NTOKO Chief, E-Strategies.

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1 © ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) E-Strategies. Page - 1 Policy Issues for e-Applications (e-Commerce) Alexander NTOKO Chief, E-Strategies Unit ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) Web: ITU/BDT Arab Regional Workshop on e-Services Policies Damascus, Syria April 2004

2 o Legal Issues Privacy Data protection Liabilities of Service Providers Intellectual property rights, copyright Digital signatures Electronic contracts Consumer protection Jurisdiction for Cross-border transactions

3 o Financial Issues Customs Taxation Revenue implication for Governments Monetary Policies Banking Regulations Currencies

4 o Technology issues Security Encryption Authentication Telecommunications infrastructure Internet: Bandwidth, Affordability, Accessibility and QoS. Standards, interoperability Electronic payment systems

5 o Economic issues Impact on workforce des-intermediation re-intermediation Effects of automation Market access Micro Businesses Skills availability Revenue implications

6 o Cultural issues Content Diversity Multilingualism Cultural diversity Censorship Cultural implications – indigenous people

7 o Governance issues International coordination of the Internet Internet cc Domain Names and IP Address Management Information and Network Security Payment of international links Certification Authorities Root certification, Hierarchy of CAs Cross Certification International coordination

8 o Trade issues (e-business) WTO Agreements – Impact on Global E- commerce? Duty-free entry of goods in electronic form Free Trade Zones Market Access in a Borderless World Tangible vs. Electronic Goods

9 Near consensus: paperless o Paperless transactions: Law has traditionally presumed the presence of paper records in writing. Near consensus that governments need to make amendments to laws in order to bring media-neutrality of statutes, evidence rules for electronic records (note: evidence was used in Clinton and Microsoft legal battles), recognition of electronic signatures combined with a reliable certification authority. o Many countries now enacting laws to recognize electronic media as valid for e-transactions. o But what about interoperability of the technology requirements and legal frameworks?

10 Near consensus proposals o Privacy only self-regulation – So far, has not worked. Governments are becoming more active in by proposing new regulations. o Encryption – Export Restrictions o Jurisdiction for Cross-border Transactions o Role of private sector, government and international organizations – Being discussed in WSIS process. o Content – Censorship and Cultural Diversity o Internet governance and domain names o Liability of intermediaries

11 Near consensus: Privacy Bad practices: o Keep track of user browsing and choices without his/her consent o Sell user data (e.g., addresses) to be used for Spamming and Spimming. o US and EU Regulations being put in place. o Use spending profile for advertisement. o Pull user data from cookies stored in the users computer

12 Near consensus: Encryption o Recommended key lengths public key systems: 1024 bits keys symmetric systems: 128 bits keys o Export Restrictions and Usage for encryption with long keys (e.g. more than 512 bits for RSA and bits for symmetric) now solved for most countries (except 6). o New algorithms developed to replace DES gaining worldwide adoption.

13 Encryption: key length problem o US Data Encryption Standard (DES) 56-bit keys is now inadequate o Triple-DES is one improvement: encrypting the output of DES twice using three keys o AES now replacing DES as main symmetric algorithm. o Long term (20 years): 128-bits symmetric keys are adequate and difficult to break o Must distinguish authentication and integrity services from confidentiality services o Quantum Cryptography seen as response to growing computing power (used for cracking encryption).

14 Encryption: key length problem o RSA RC5 56-bit key crack challenge, early 1997 o Bovine RC5 Effort: tens of thousands computers linked over Internet, more than 4,000 teams o 72 quadrillion (72,057,594,037,927,936) possible keys to test o 268 million key blocks distributed to teams o Peak rate of processing: 7 billion keys/second o Oct 22, 1997: RSA announces successful crack o Conclusion: 56-bit key not sufficient o Remember Moores law: computing power doubles every 18 months – How long before computing power makes 128 bit Key length insufficient???

15 Cost and time of brute force attacks o Assumption: 3 years equipment life and continual use o Authors: Blaze, Diffie,Rivest, Schneier, Shinomura,Thompson

16 No consensus: Encryption o Should citizens rights to privacy take precedence over law enforcement concerns? o … not possible to prevent criminals from using encryption … little point in preventing legal users from protecting themselves

17 No consensus: Encryption o Key escrow: copy of any secret key is deposited with Trusted Third Party (TTP) o National law might require that TTP hands over secret key on certain situations o Key recovery: encryption system allows authorized organizations to rebuild key on request (back door access to private key) o Both schemes allow access to encrypted data

18 No consensus: Encryption o Some European companies are concerned about using US-based Trusted Third Parties (TTPs), since they may contravene their own countrys data protection laws o A number of countries are becoming concerned about maintaining national root TTPs, to prevent dominance of their national economies by foreign brands o National security and sovereignty in dealing with encrypted data.

19 Certification Authority Issues o Issuing certificates is relatively easy o Managing effectively and securely is difficult: CAs must maintain a Certification Revocation List (CRL), must not store private keys (risk of identity theft),... o Trust depends on integrity and security of CAs practices and procedures o Users will have many certificates (e.g., one for Intranet, one for Extranet, one at home) o Interoperability: Need for harmonized policies for generic identity certificates.

20 Role of Governments, International Organizations and Private sector o Some e-applications frameworks ignore the role of governments & international organizations: everything should be private- sector driven o Jeffrey Ritter, the chairman of the American Bar Association's committee on Internet law, seeks a middle ground between industry and public policy. "The private sector will be mistaken if they believe they can formulate the rules for e-commerce without the input and consultation of governments," he said.

21 International coordination frameworks Considering that time is ripe to: 1. seek a better international understanding on how to achieve a friction free and borderless information society while meeting general public interest objectives 2. define the key issues that require strengthened international coordination 3. many organizations are proposing frameworks for global e-applications coordination

22 Need for a global framework The global information society requires an appropriate framework covering technical, policies, commercial, and legal aspects. This should foster interoperable technical solutions, competitive business practices and consistent rules. It does not need to consist of detailed and harmonised rules on all relevant aspects. What is required is a concerted examination of the problems and the priorities, in order to allow the international community to address them in a substantive and coordinated manner.

23 Need for global framework o Building trust in electronic transactions by ensuring the security and privacy of transactions and data, and the protection of users. o Establishing ground rules so that national laws, government policies,customs tariffs, standards, market access, and intellectual property measures create a level playing field for electronic transactions.

24 Need for global framework o Enhancing the information infrastructure through common interoperable standards, and access to open networks. o Maximizing the benefits of electronic transactions by developing awareness and skills, encouraging widespread SME adoption, and ensuring participation and use by all countries.

25 Conclusion While waiting for all these issues to be addressed, it is important for Governments to work with the relevant stakeholders (international organizations, public and private sector and civil society) to promote policies that will enhance the development and use of e-applications. ITU, within the framework of its E-strategies Programme is working with governments, private sector and other entities to address some of the technology policy issues related to fostering the development and use of e-services/applications. Thank you for your attention

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