Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin

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Dr Ghassan Karame, Chief Security Researcher, NEC Laboratories Europe The notion of blockchain can be traced back to the introduction of the Bitcoin system, which is a digital currency that has acquired considerable popularity since its launch in 2009. The design of Bitcoin offers the world the promise of a low-cost decentralized and anonymous currency and its core idea is …

EC agreement with industry on cybersecurity

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On 5 July, the European Commission launched a new public-private partnership on cybersecurity that is expected to trigger €1.8 billion of investment by 2020. This is part of a series of new initiatives to better equip Europe against cyber attacks and to strengthen the competitiveness of its cybersecurity sector. According to a recent survey, at least 80% of European companies …

eIDAS and eSignatures come of age

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1 July 2016 was the first significant red letter day for eIDAS, the day that the eIDAS regulation concerning Trust Services replaces the old 1999 EU directive, providing for the first time cross-border formal recognition of e-Signatures, e-Seals and other services in Europe. While the mandate technically only applies to Member State governments, the benefits to businesses, citizens and public …

One-day TDL Conference: Multiple Views on Blockchain

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On Friday 17 June 2016, TDL held a one-day conference in partnership with The Hague Security Delta (HSD) and the Institute for Financial Crime (IFFC) and co-sponsored by Intel, NEC and miiCard. The goal of the event was to examine the opportunities and challenges associated with blockchain. By taking multiple views on blockchain, the event provided a forum to discuss …

Trust in the Digital World Conference 2015

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Ronny Bjones, Alliances director Trust in Digital Life association. I wanted to share my observations of the TDW event in Madrid on 25-26 of February 2015. At TDW you see three communities coming together. We heard policy makers on the different trust-related programs they are working on such as eIDAS, data protection, NIS, big data, etc. From the other side …

New EU Regulation to boost electronic signatures and trust services

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Amardeo Sarma, Chairman of Trust in Digital Life association’s Board of Directors & Jörg Hladjk, Chairman of Trust in Digital Life association’s Advisory Board On July 23, 2014, the Council of the European Union adopted a regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions (the “Regulation”). The Regulation is an element of the European Commission’s Digital Agenda for Europe, …

A TDL sprint success story: Trustseed’s E-Identification

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Sahra Benoudiba, Jurist at Trustseed The use of online signature, or e-Signature, can really make life easier for businesses and citizens if this new technique is able to ensure valid consent of end-users. Trustseed’s aim is to improve social e-ID, which is currently only existing with low value, to make it more reliable using the Microsoft claim system. Supporting documents …

Trust in Digital Life: A pragmatic approach to stimulate economic growth and trustworthiness of ICT

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EU Cyber-security Strategy – High Level Conference, 28-02-2014 Arthur Leijtens, Program Director Trust in Digital Life association. At the conference, that took stock of the progress of the EU Cyber-security strategy, I had a short meeting with Commissioner Neelie Kroes and highlighted the work and results of the TDL community. I was pleased to note that Mrs. Kroes was well informed about …

Making Trust work

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Amardeo Sarma, Chairman of Trust in Digital Life, Oct 2013 A fair deal and trust requires a fair exchange of assets. In the digital world, this means that there must be sufficient mutual exposure and information to ensure this exchange in both directions: Payment vs. services or products. To make any transaction or purchase work, we need some amount of …