July 29, 2005
Computing Reviews Hot Topic - Putting Cryptography to Work for Digital Rights
Computing Reviews published its third Hot Topic: "Managing the Unmanageable: Putting Cryptography to Work for Digital Rights." Hot Topics is a series of essays focusing on emergent areas of computer science. Each of the Hot Topics includes links to related web pages, articles and books, and will be updated on a regular basis.
Written by Professor Aggelos Kiayias of the University of Connecticut, the Hot Topic focuses on cryptography's role in managing the dissemination of digital content in ways that protect the rights of the creators. This form of digital rights management (DRM) must consider both the needs of the producer and consumer, and the field of cryptography promises to provide effective solutions. The core of digital content distribution is the packaging that surrounds the content, as it can be used to protect the content. An encryption system secures the content from unauthorized or compromised keys, and thereby prevents illegal content reception. In addition, watermarking and fingerprinting protect against ownership hijacking and unlawful redistribution. "With the recent Supreme Court decision concerning copyright violations, a Hot Topic essay on cryptography is more relevant than ever," says Mary-Lynn Bragg of Computing Reviews.
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