Selected Bibliography on
Working Group Terms of Reference and Work Plan
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The Development Committee, recognizing the importance of certification
authority practices to online commerce, has commissioned a Working
Group on Electronic Commerce which is executing, as a demonstration
project, the following project.
- Business Practices For Certificate Authority Services
Terms Of Reference.
(Note: Subject to review and further approval)
This project shall have three main components, it shall:
- identify issues relating to authenticating Internet electronic
commerce transactions using certificate authority services;
- review and analyze certificate authorities services and policies;
- recommend threshold policies and business practices for electronic
commerce certificate authority services.
- WORK PRODUCTS.
This working group shall produce the following:
A report on the existing practices of certification authorities
with respect to the following issues
- subscriber authentication
- certification authority duties to subscribers
- certification authority duties to relying third parties
- associated discussion of disclaimers of warranties and limitations
The report will identify and survey additional issues affecting
certification authorities, such as key management policies and
obligations and jurisdiction/choice of law issues.
The report will include:
- A bibliography of resources and reference materials related
to digital signatures and certification authorities.
- A comparative analysis of selected, existing certification
authorities and their practices, plus a list of known certification
authorities (and related industry participants).
- A consolidated, non-technical description of digital signatures
and their functions, including alternative definitions.
The report will be presented in hard copy, as well as be available
electronically. The Working Group will utilize on-line methods
for reviewing work product, and engaging in informed dialogues
regarding the ongoing activities required to reach the intended
Other Considerations: The Forum must be sensitive to creating
an actual or implied bias toward a particular technology (e.g.,
RSA, DSA, etc.) or certificate authority (e.g., VeriSign, Northern
Telcom, etc.) in the staffing of this project as well as the drafting
of any documents.
Certain elements of the work product will be presented to the
Development Committee for approval on 16 January, 1997 in London.
The work plan for the Development Period is in development and
will be announced on or about 15 October, 1996 and posted to this
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