Requirements for Electronic Delivery Systems in eGovernment – An Austrian Experience

  • Arne Tauber
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 305)


Electronic mailing systems are the dominant communication systems in private and business matters. Public administrations deliver documents to citizens and businesses – subpoenas, legal verdicts, notifications, administrative penalties etc. However, official activities are more strongly linked to legal regulations than in civil law. Delivery of crucial and strictly personal documents raises the demand for qualified identification and non-repudiation services as featured by registered mail in the paper world. Legal requirements for electronic delivery carried-out by public administrations (eDelivery) cannot be fulfilled by standard certified mailing systems. Although the requirements for eDelivery systems may differ due to national legal regulations, this paper discusses common requirements and challenges on an abstract level. Moreover, we show how these requirements have been addressed by introducing the Austrian eDelivery system for eGovernment applications.


eGovernment Registered Mail Certified Mail Electronic Delivery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arne Tauber
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  1. 1.IAIK, Graz University of TechnologyAustria

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