Towards secure and legal e-tendering

Betts, Martin and Black, Peter and Christensen, Sharon A. and Dawson, Edward and Du, Rong and Duncan, William and Foo, Ernest and Gonzalez Nieto, Juan (2006) Towards secure and legal e-tendering. Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 11. ISSN 1874-4753


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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Keywords: CRC for Construction Innovation; Program A : Business and Industry Development; Project 2002-067-A : E-business – Security and Legal Issues
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