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Publication date: 1 October 2003

Joris Claessens, Claudia Díaz, Caroline Goemans, Jos Dumortier, Bart Preneel and Joos Vandewalle

With the worldwide growth of open telecommunication networks and in particular the Internet, the privacy and security concerns of people using these networks have…

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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Internet Research, vol. 13 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1066-2243

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