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Journal Article

Trustworthy Communication Channels for the Electronic Safe  pp93-103

Christian Breitenstrom, Martin Unger, Andreas Penski

© Dec 2010 Volume 8 Issue 2, ECEG Conference Issue, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp83 - 235

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Abstract

The transition from the traditional task oriented delivery of single government services to a process‑oriented delivery of well sized service bundles is common for modern eGovernment implementations. Concerning the European Services Directive (DIRECTIVE 2006/123/EC) these service bundles are tailored to cover the needs of companies trying to offer their services in other EU member states. Nevertheless this approach is applicable to many other life circumstances. As process oriented service chains require well suited data capture and data sharing mechanisms, the Electronic Safe as a fundamental eGovernment infrastructure comes into play. The Electronic Safe is seen from a citizens viewpoint as a unique instrument, that makes it easy to control data flows between the citizen and her communication partners in a trustworthy and privacy conserving way. Previous work showed how to implement such a critical infrastructure in a decentralized and distributed manner, to satisfy strong confidentiality and privacy requirements. This paper focuses on the ability to bind the functionality of the Electronic Safe to the trustworthiness of its underlying hardware and software stack including its secure communication channels. We show how to use the mutual attestation mechanisms designed by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) with the Safe Infrastructure and their communication protocols, while keeping the privacy features that the Safe Owner appreciates.

 

Keywords: trusted computing, electronic safe, privacy enhancing technology

 

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Developing a voluntary emergency health record for children in Ontario: a significant step towards a lifetime health record  pp1-7

Andrew Szende

© Mar 2003 Volume 1 Issue 1, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp1 - 62

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Abstract

The province of Ontario in Canada is planning to create a longitudinal electronic health record (EHR is a lifetime record of an individual’s key health history and care within the health system) for each of its 12 million inhabitants. The province has funded the development of the electronic Child Health Network (eCHN), an advanced example of an integrated and shared EHR from multiple systems at multiple sites for the benefit of patients and clinicians. eCHN offers the province the foundation of a voluntary emergency health record for children.

 

Keywords: longitudinal, paediatric, child, EHR, privacy

 

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Evaluating Global e‑Government Sites: A View using Web Diagnostic Tools  pp105-114

Jyoti Choudrie, Gheorgita Ghinea Vishanth Weerakkody

© Oct 2004 Volume 2 Issue 2, ECEG 2004, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp75 - 146

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Several governments across the world have embraced the digital revolution and continue to take advantage of the information and communication facilities offered by the Internet to offer public services. Conversely, citizens' awareness and expectations of Internet based online‑public‑services have also increased in recent times. Although the numbers of the different national e‑Government web portals have increased rapidly in the last three years, the success of these portals will largely depend on their accessibility, quality and privacy. This paper reports the results of an evaluative study of a cross‑ section of e‑Government portals from these three perspectives, using a common set of performance metrics and Web diagnostic engines. Results show that not only are there wide variations in the spectrum of information and services provided by these portals, but that significant work still needs to be undertaken in order to make the portals examples of 'best practice' e‑Government services.

 

Keywords: e-Government, accessibility, quality, privacy

 

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