Towards secure and legal e-tendering

Betts, Martin, Black, Peter, Christensen, Sharon A., Dawson, Edward, Du, Rong, Duncan, William, Foo, Ernest, & Gonzalez Nieto, Juan (2006) Towards secure and legal e-tendering. Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 11, pp. 89-102.

Abstract

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.

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ID Code: 6559
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: CRC for Construction Innovation, Program A : Business and Industry Development, Project 2002-067-A : E-business – Security and Legal Issues
ISSN: 1874-4753
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Commercial and Contract Law (180105)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
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Deposited On: 16 Mar 2007 00:00
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