Anonymous, Attribute Based, Decentralized, Secure, and Fair e-Donation

Authors: Osman Biçer (Koç University), Alptekin Küpçü (Koç University)

Volume: 2020
Issue: 4
Pages: 196–219
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/popets-2020-0069

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Abstract: E-cash and cryptocurrency schemes have been a focus of applied cryptography for a long time. However, we acknowledge the continuing need for a cryptographic protocol that provides global scale, decentralized, secure, and fair delivery of donations. Such a protocol would replace central trusted entities (e.g., charity organizations) and guarantee the privacy of the involved parties (i.e., donors and recipients of the donations). In this work, we target this online donation problem and propose a practical solution for it. First, we propose a novel decentralized e-donation framework, along with its operational components and security definitions. Our framework relies on a public ledger that can be realized via a distributed blockchain. Second, we instantiate our e-donation framework with a practical scheme employing privacy-preserving cryptocurrencies and attributebased signatures. Third, we provide implementation results showing that our operations have feasible computation and communication costs. Finally, we prove the security of our e-donation scheme via formal reductions to the security of the underlying primitives.

Keywords: anonymous donation, attribute based signature, blockchain, anonymous credentials

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