Micro-Payments Based on iKP

Micro-payments are payments too small in amount to warrant the overhead costs of current financial clearing networks. Furthermore one can expect that content servers for the global information infrastructure (GII) will have to process so many of these low value transactions that computationally complex and costly cryptographic protocols will be impractical. This report proposes a micro-payment scheme that can be bootstrapped with the already well-known payment protocols for larger amounts, but does not depend on them for each micro-transaction. Special attention is given to its integration into IBM's Internet Keyed Payment Systems (IKP\/).

By: Ralf Hauser, Michael Steiner and Michael Waidner

Published in: Proceedings of 14th Worldwide Congress on Computer and Communications Security Protection. , Paris, MCI, p.67-82 in 1996

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