TOWARDS SECURE AND LEGAL E-TENDERING... [paper 2006/7]
ITcon Vol. 11, Special Issue e-Commerce in construction , pg. 89-102, http://www.itcon.org/2006/7
TOWARDS SECURE AND LEGAL E-TENDERING
SUBMITTED: June 2005
Martin Betts, Dean
SUMMARY: Tendering processes are considered to be a suitable mechanism for governments to fairly assign contracts for construction projects and procurement. The demand for efficiencies to be created in the process has resulted in a significant number of governments implementing e-tendering systems. E-tendering systems generally involve the submission of tender offer documents to a secure system hosted by the government (principal). An electronic environment presents obvious opportunities for collusion between principal and certain tenderers, fraud by tenderers and a minefield of legal uncertainties for fuelling protracted disputes. Critical examination of the security and legal requirements for e-tendering systems does not appear in the current literature. This paper identifies key security and legal issues to be addressed in the design of e-tendering systems, which may be included in e-procurement software, and proposes a new e-tendering architecture, using distributed trusted third parties which may be suitable for secure large scale operations such as the construction industry.
KEYWORDS: e-tendering, law, security, authentication, architectures.
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Betts M, Black P, Christensen S, Dawson E, Du R, Duncan W, Foo E and González J (2006) TOWARDS SECURE AND LEGAL E-TENDERING, ITcon Vol. 11, Special Issue e-Commerce in construction , pg. 89-102, http://www.itcon.org/2006/7