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Revocable anonymous access to the Internet?

Joris Claessens (Joris Claessens is at COmputer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.)
Claudia Díaz (Claudia Díaz is at COmputer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.)
Caroline Goemans (Caroline Goemans is at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and Information Technology (ICRI), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.)
Jos Dumortier (Jos Dumortier is at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and Information Technology (ICRI), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.)
Bart Preneel (Bart Preneel is at COmputer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.)
Joos Vandewalle (Joos Vandewalle is at COmputer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COSIC), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 1 October 2003

Abstract

With the worldwide growth of open telecommunication networks and in particular the Internet, the privacy and security concerns of people using these networks have increased. On the one hand, users are concerned about their privacy, and desire to anonymously access the network. On the other hand, some organizations are concerned about how this anonymous access might be abused. This paper intends to bridge these conflicting interests, and proposes a solution for revocable anonymous access to the Internet. Moreover, the paper presents some legal background and motivation for such a solution. However, the paper also indicates some difficulties and disadvantages of the proposed solution, and suggests the need for further debate on the issue of online anonymity.

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Citation

Claessens, J., Díaz, C., Goemans, C., Dumortier, J., Preneel, B. and Vandewalle, J. (2003), "Revocable anonymous access to the Internet?", Internet Research, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 242-258. https://doi.org/10.1108/10662240310488933

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