National PKI: The Foundation of Trust in Government Programs

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Executive Summary

Governments around the world are gearing up to deliver the next generation of services to their citizens. They want to accept digitally signed tax returns. Execute electronic transactions securely. Tighten border control. They want to do all this while maintaining strong security, streamlining administration, and containing operational costs. The challenge is significant. To provide such services, governments need robust and scalable technologies and policies to execute trusted transactions and establish trusted identities. And these technologies must be capable of being leveraged for identity-sensitive services provided by businesses and other non-governmental organizations, such as e-commerce and online banking.

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