Elliptic curve cryptography: the serpentine course of a paradigm shift
Koblitz, Neal Koblitz and Alfred Menezes
Journal of Number Theory, 131 (2011), 781-814.
Over a period of sixteen years elliptic curve cryptography went from
being an approach that many people mistrusted or misunderstood to being
a public key technology that enjoys almost unquestioned acceptance.
We describe the sometimes surprising twists and turns in this paradigm
shift, and compare this story with the commonly accepted Ideal Model of
how research and development function in cryptography. We also discuss
to what extent the ideas in the literature on "social construction of
technology" can contribute to a better understanding of this history.
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