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Distinguished Trust Anchors

The following Founding Trust Anchors have been nominated by their peers in the Internet community to be recognized as Distinguished Trust Anchors — individuals whose words and deeds exemplify the spirit and principles of the Respect Trust Framework.

Bob Blakley

Bob Blakley is Global Head of Information Security Innovation at Citigroup. Before joining Citigroup, he was VP, Distinguished Analyst and Agenda Manager for Gartner IT1 Identity and Privacy. Previously he was Chief Scientist, Security and Privacy at IBM. Dr. Blakley is past general chair of the IEEE Security and Privacy Symposium and the ACSA New Security Paradigms workshop. He was awarded ACSAC’s Distinguished Security Practitioner award in 2002 and is a frequent speaker at information security and computer industry events. Mr. Blakley was general editor of the OMG CORBASecurity specification and the OASIS SAML specification and was the first Chair of the OATH Joint Coordinating Committee. He is the author of “CORBASecurity: An Introduction to Safe Computing with Objects,” published by Addison-Wesley. Dr. Blakley also participated in the National Academy of Sciences panels “Authentication Technologies and Their Privacy Implications” and “Whither Biometrics.” Dr. Blakley holds 19 patents in cryptography and information security, and he publishes regularly in the academic literature on information security and privacy.

Liz Brandt

Liz Brandt is CEO and cofounder of Ctrl-Shift Ltd, a UK advice and research firm focused on understanding the control shift and the impact of the empowered consumer, Ctrl-Shift works with the market leaders to build strong and prosperous business through this shift and delivering new customer value.

Working with leading market thinkers and cofounders Alan Mitchell, William Heath and Paul Smith Ctrl-Shift has developed an unrivaled knowledge base of the thought leadership, market analysis and news updates enabling business leaders to understand, articulate and develop the opportunities the control shift offers.

Passionate about the empowered consumer Liz founded with Alan Mitchell the Buyer Centric Commerce Forum in the UK in 2002 and subsequently founded Digital Public which designed and launched digital media services for Government, where she successfully develop a number of services that placed the citizen in control. Digital is now part of The Engine Group. Liz was the co-founder of Zishi, a Private Equity funded mobile CRM company specialising in the design and rollout of individual mobile travel services now part of Equant. Previous history spans back across development of the International CRM business for Logica and international and national networks for Barclays Bank.

Craig Burton

Craig Burton, creator of concepts like NetWare Open Systems, The Network Services Model, metadirectory, and The Internet Services Model, is one of the leading visionaries and analysts in the computing industry. Craig was one of the founding members of Novell, where he served as Senior VP of Corporate Marketing and Development. During his eight years there, Craig led the development of such unique market strategies as file server technology, hardware independence, fault tolerance, and Universal NetWare Architecture. He was a major factor in accelerating the movement toward transparent multivendor computing. He co-founded The Burton Group in 1989 and led it to becoming the leading provider of independent market analysis on network computing technology and industry trends. Craig currently serves as a Distinguished Analyst with KuppingerCole, a leading European analyst firm, was founded in 2004 and has built a network of analysts in the areas of Identity and Access Management (IAM), Information Security, Goverance/Risk/Compliance (GRC), and Cloud Computing.

Christopher Carfi

Chris Carfi is currently a Senior Strategist at Ant’s Eye View. He is the author of The Social Customer Manifesto weblog, a top marketing blog that has been named “Best CRM Blog” by and InsideCRM. Chris was co-founder of Cerado, where he led the development of several innovative social marketing applications. Previously positions include Vice President at Edelman Digital, product marketing lead at Extricity (acquired by Peregrine Systems), and ten years as an executive at Accenture (Andersen Consulting) Center for Strategic Technology. Chris has an M.S./M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon and a B.S. from Northwestern in Computer Science.

Tim Cole

Tim Cole is a founder of KuppingerCole, an analyst group based in Germany that covers the markets for Identity & Access Management, Information Security, IT Infrastructure Management and Cloud Computing. Most recently he has been in charge of the company’s U.S. operations. At KuppingerCole’s signature event, the European Identity Conference (EIC) 2011 in Munich, Connect.Me received the EIC Privacy Award in recognition of their efforts in pioneering the concept of personal trust frameworks with their publication of the Respect Trust Framework.

Andrew Currie

Andrew Currie-Andrew Currie is a serial entrepreneur, former software and Internet start-up CEO, investor and wildlife philanthropist.Andrew is co-founder and former Director of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) Rocky Mountains where he led state and federal advocacy for good environmental policy that leads to economic prosperity. Andrew has invested in eleven start-ups, most in Colorado, and one of which, AtLast Software/SketchUp, was purchased by Google. He is an investor in several VC funds including aquaculture and natural foods products and investor in several real estate funds including one focused on innovative approaches to preserving large ranches in the American West. Prior to this he served four years on the board of software company Gold Systems, Inc. and trustee of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County. He is the former Chair of Colorado Conservation Voters and continues to serve on this board. In 2000 he co-founded and served as Chair for Social Venture Partners Boulder County. Andrew has a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and is an alumnus of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization. When not traveling our planet to experience Nature and learn more about wildlife conservation, Andrew’s home base is Boulder, Colorado where he enjoys hiking, mountain and road biking and playing music.

Brad deGraf-Brad

Brad deGraf-Brad is CEO and co-founder of Sociative Inc., whose technology is based on Brad’s Smartocracy ™ algorithm for collective decision-making. Sociative’s R88R (radiater) engine filters signal out of the noise of the Real-time Web using ‘smartocratic’ networks of influencers tuned to the domain of interest.

Brad has been an innovator in computer animation in the entertainment industry since 1982, particularly in the areas of realtime characters, ride films, and the Web. He founded and/or managed several ground-breaking animation studios including Protozoa, Colossal Pictures Digital Media, deGraf/Wahrman, and Digital Productions. In 2000, Wired called Brad “an icon in the world of 3D animation,” and it’s been all downhill since then.

Pamela Dingle

Pamela Dingle is a Canadian identity geek with a paranoid streak and strong opinions. She works as a Sr. Technical Architect at Ping Identity, where she works to educate and innovate around federated identity, user-centric identity, and anything else anyone will let her play with. Pamela’s history includes creation of the Pamela Project, dedicated to information card enablement of open source platforms and membership in the Board of Directors of the Information Card Foundation. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the OpenID Foundation, representing Ping.

Adam Engst

Adam C. Engst is the publisher of TidBITS, one of the oldest and most-respected Internet-based newsletters, distributed weekly to tens of thousands of readers. He has written numerous technical books, including the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and many magazine articles – thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and now Macworld. His innovations include the creation of the first advertising program to support an Internet publication in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993 (with Northwest Nexus for Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh), and the highly successful Take Control electronic book series. In addition, he has collaborated on several Internet educational videos and has appeared on a variety of internationally broadcast television and radio programs. His indefatigable support of the Macintosh community and commitment to helping individuals has resulted in numerous awards and recognition at the highest levels. In the annual MDJ Power 25 survey of Macintosh industry insiders, he regularly ranked as one of the top five most influential people; he has appeared multiple times on the MacTech 25 list of influential people in the Macintosh technical community, and he was named one of MacDirectory’s top ten visionaries. And how many industry figures can boast of being turned into an action figure?

George Fletcher

George Fletcher is passionate about open identity systems and currently the Chief Architect for Consumer Identity Services at AOL Inc. George’s involvement in open identity systems includes work on OpenID 2, OAuth, OAuth2, OpenID Connect, User Managed Access (Kantara Initiative) as well as contributions to the Security Services (SAML) and XRI OASIS TCs. Previously, George worked on the Liberty Alliance Identity Web Service Framework. In addition to his identity work, George Fletcher has 20+ years of software development experience covering a wide variety of disciplines including artificial intelligence, “real-time” media processing, graphical information systems, consumer electronic devices and large scale Internet deployments.

Jim Fournier

Jim Fournier is President & Chairman of Planetwork, NGO Inc., dedicated to the vision of building a distributed global network that will empower a conscious society to address the ecological, social, and communications issues of our time. Jim is also a member and former chair of the Sustainable Planet Grants Committee for the Threshold Foundation, and a board member of the Buckminster Fuller Institute and Channel G networks. Jim has founded several companies, including Biochar Engineering Corp., which he sold in 2011, and is currently Chairman of Biochar Solutions Inc. In 2001, he co-founded LinkTank, the ad-hoc group that produced The Augmented Social Network, a seminal white paper presented at the 2003 Planetwork conference that presaged the emergence of the social web and the need for development of user-centric identity, privacy, and trust infrastructure for the Internet. Planetwork has been a sponsor of the XDI Technical Committee at OASIS since its inception in 2004.

Ian Glazer

Ian Glazer is a research director in Gartner’s IT1 Identity and Privacy Strategies service. He leads Gartner’s coverage on identity and access governance and privacy. Prior to joining Gartner, Ian was senior director of program management at Approva Corporation, director of identity strategy at Trusted Network Technologies, and senior product manager at IBM where he was a top-ranked product manager on the IBM Tivoli Identity Manager team, heading provisioning offerings for small and medium businesses. Ian is a strong advocate for industry standards and efficacy. He was a contributor to OASIS Provisioning Services Technical Committee and is a co-inventor of the patent-pending Web Services Federated Provisioning.

Kaliya (Identity Woman)

Kaliya, widely known as Identity Woman (“Saving the World with User-Centric Identity and Data Sharing”) is one of the world’s leading experts in the field of people-centric digital identity technologies. In the last eight years she has co-convened over twenty significant gatherings in the space and proactively fostered the ecology people, companies and organizations working to innovate identity tools and systems that work for people on an internet scale. Her premier conference, The Internet Identity Workshop (IIW), co-founded with Doc Searls and Phil Windley, will have its 14th instantiation in May 2012 and is widely recognized as the industry’s leading conference. In 2010 she founded and became Executive Director of the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. In this role contributed to the World Economic Forum Report: Personal Data: The Emergence of a New Asset Class. Kaliya also designs and facilitates unconferences for a variety of technical communities world wide. In 2009 Kaliya was named by Fast Company magazine as one of the most influential women in tech, and 2006 she was presented with the Digital Identity World Award.

William Health

William Heath is an entrepreneur active in personal data and digital rights. He co-founded Mydex Community Interest Company and Ctrl-Shift Ltd. He is former chair of Open Rights Group and former deputy chair of FIPR, now adviser to both and also to The Dextrous Web.

William is a Fellow of the Young Foundation, and speech-writer for the prolific social networking civil servant Sir Bonar Neville-Kingdom. William lives in Bath, England.

Iain Henderson

Iain Henderson is a long term believer and advocate of an individual-centric approach to personal data management, and is currently working to bring that to life via The Customer’s Voice, a start-up in VRM (Vendor Relationship Management). He is co-chair of the Kantara Information Sharing Work Group.

Previously, Iain spent 18 years in large scale database marketing and CRM roles with large organisations; learning enough to be an active participant in Project VRM which seeks to aid CRM ‘from the customer side’. He is based in Scotland, and lives with his wife and two young children.

Mary Hodder

Mary Hodder founded, a social search site that helps people organize and playlist media they like, and discover great media through other’s recommendations. Dabble indexed millions of videos from around the web, from 1,000’s of sites. Prior to Dabble, Mary worked with large and small organizations as an information architect and interaction designer, creating algorithms, and conducting usability studies. She has also worked with several web service companies creating social media sites focused on open source, photo sharing, and blog aggregation.

Mary spent 10 months at Technorati in 2004, and completed a survey of the current state of research and development in academia in the area of New Media for the American Press Institute. She is a blogger at Napsterization ( and an original author at bIPlog (the first UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism blog, on the topic of intellectual property, security and privacy). Mary completed her Masters at the School of Information Management and Systems at UC Berkeley in May, 2004 with a thesis focusing on live web search looking at blog data. She began her studies at SIMS in 2000 to pursue an understanding of digital media, at the intersection of information technology, the social and professional production of media, journalism, information architecture, intellectual property, privacy, and online communities. She continues to study system design with values, especially privacy for users.

Dave Kearns

Dave is a senior analyst with KuppingerCole, Europe’s leading identity analysts who have now spread to North America. Previously Dave was a columnist (Identity Services, Window Networking, NetWare) for Network World magazine, PC World and Network Solutions. His interest in identity and privacy stems from his early background in directory services with Novell’s NDS and Microsoft’s Active Directory. Besides writing about these issues seemingly forever, he’s also consulted with and for Novell, Microsoft and numerous other vendors in the IAM space and numerous users of identity services including Bell Labs and NASA. He has been called the “Godfather” of identity.

Eugene Eric Kim

Eugene is the co-founder of Groupaya, which helps groups — be they teams, organizations, networks, or nations — more skillfully work together to create their desired futures. He has developed collaborative strategies for a number of organizations, focusing especially on inter-organizational collaboration and collaborative learning. Past clients have included NASA, International Institute of Education, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

Martin Kuppinger

Martin Kuppinger is founder of KuppingerCole, a leading analyst company focusing on Information Security and Service Management – the glue between Business and IT. That includes Cloud Computing, Identity and Access Management, and several other topics. At KuppingerCole, Martin acts as the principal analyst. Before starting KuppingerCole, Martin Kuppinger has been working as software architect, as book author (with more than 50 IT books he has written), as freelance journalist, as consultant, and as a frequent speaker at IT events. He has studied economics so he has a business as well as an IT view on what is going on in IT.

Dean Landsman

Dean Landsman is a media and communications specialist and digital strategist with decades of experience in broadcasting and the Internet. An announcer, radio executive and station owner and broadcasting consultant during the 1970s, 80s and 90s, he was one of the first communicators to cross over onto the web. Since then, he has been among the first to participate in new developments and to train clients to apply New Tech, New Media, Digital Strategy and Social Media technologies to their benefit. In the early 1990’s, Dean was a leader of the Broadcast Professionals forum on CompuServe. Soon after, he was a pioneer in the weblog phenomena — his blogs Deanland (1999) and Dean on Baseball (2000) were among the first wave that attracted scores of people to blogging. Dean is a Fellow at NYU’s SCPS (School for Continuing Professional Studies), a Steward in the Identity Commons, and works with Project VRM at The Berkman Center at Harvard. He has two adult children, and he and his wife Susan are dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers and baseball fans often seen at Yankee games. Dean never works on Opening Day, and considers the post-season to be a special period of religious observance.

Daniel Marovitz

Daniel Marovitz is the founder of buzzumi, a software platform to help people and organizations monetize their communities and a board member of rbidr, and the Professional Diversity Network. Prior to founding buzzumi he was Head of Product Management for Deutsche Bank’s Global Transaction Banking business and a member of the board of the $5 billion/year commercial bank. Previously, Daniel served as Chief Information Office for investment banking. He also served as a strategic advisor to the division’s technology banking practice. Daniel joined Deutsche Bank in 2000 as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the eGCI group, charged with developing and implementing online products for Deutsche Bank’s investment and commercial bank globally.

Daniel joined Deutsche Bank from iVillage, where he was Vice President of Commerce and a member of the management team that took the firm public in, at the time, the 6th largest IPO in history. Before iVillage, Mr. Marovitz worked for Gateway 2000 where he served as the head of which sold the first PC over the Internet. Prior to this, Mr. Marovitz was the co-founder of Gateway’s Japanese subsidiary in Tokyo.

A frequent speaker on the subjects of social media, banking innovation, IT management, and outsourcing, Mr. Marovitz has addressed audiences around the world. In 2001, he co-authored, Three Clicks Away: Advice from the Trenches of eCommerce, published by John Wiley. Daniel graduated from Cornell University in 1994.

Jerry Michalski

Jerry Michalski (ma-call-ski) is the founder of REX, the Relationship Economy eXpedition. He is a pattern finder, lateral thinker, Gladwellian connector, facilitator and explorer of the interactions between technology, society and business. From 1987 to 1998, Jerry was a technology analyst, focusing not on quarterly earnings but rather on which technologies would be useful and which would be distractions, what trends and forces create new potential, and where all these forces might take us over a 20-year timeframe.

For the last five years of that period, Jerry was the Managing Editor of Esther Dyson’s monthly tech newsletter Release 1.0, as well as co-host of her annual conference, PC Forum. He was fortunate to be on duty when the Internet showed up. Since 1998, Jerry has been an independent consultant, doing business as Sociate, a name he coined because he is skilled at associating ideas and people, and also because he believes that the social changes that we are going through as a result of all the new connectivity (e.g., Internet, mobiles, inexpensive cameras, video sharing, tweeting) will be more profound than the structural and economic changes we have already seen.

Venessa Miemis

Venessa Miemis is a digital ethnographer and provocateur, exploring the edges of communication, technology and culture. She synthesizes insights and analysis on her widely followed blog, Emergent by Design, and her views have been featured in leading media outlets such as CNN and Forbes. Venessa’s current projects include work on the Future of Facebook, social currency, open collaboration, and parallel economies. She recently organized Contact, an innovation festival about peer-to-peer technology and networked culture. Venessa is a board member of the Acceleration Studies Foundation, and serves in an advisory role for a number of tech startups and social change initiatives.

Dan Miller

For more than 25 years, Dan has been a visionary and thought leader in a domain he calls Conversational Commerce. As founder and senior analyst at Opus Research, Dan provides marketing assistance, business development and corporate strategy to telecom service providers, computer manufacturers and application software developers. Like so many media mavens, Dan started out in public access Cable TV, televising Town Hall meetings in Amherst, MA while attending Hampshire College.

He earned an MBA in Finance from Columbia University in 1980 and then helped start the New Electronic Media continuous advisory services at Link Resources (now part of IDC). He has marketing and business development experience at Atari, Warner Communications and Pacific Telesis (now AT&T). He founded Opus Research in 1985 and has engaged in market development projects in speech processing, customer care, self-service and contact center-based commerce. He was also editor-in-chief and head of research at The Kelsey Group (now BIA-Kelsey) where he founded research programs in local, online and mobile e-commerce.

Désirée Miloshevic

Désirée Zeljka Miloshevic is an Internet public servant who was a special advisor to the chair of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group. Additionally she is Senior Public Policy and International Affairs Advisor in Europe for Afilias, the domain name registry. She served as a board of both CPSR and ISOC from 2004 – 2010. She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Open Rights Group.

Alan Mitchell

Alan is Strategy Director of Ctrl-Shift, a UK advice and research firm focused on understanding the control shift and the impact of the empowered consumer, Ctrl-Shift works with the market leaders to build strong and prosperous business through this shift and delivering new customer value.
Passionate about the empowered consumer, Alan co-founded with Liz Brandt the Buyer Centric Commerce Forum in the UK in 2002. Alan first started working on this concept in the late 1990s with a book length report, published by the Financial Times, on Brands in the Information Age.
He developed the theme of ‘buyer-centric’ and ‘person-centric commerce’ (later called VRM) in his 2001 book Right Side Up; with further work on emerging business models in his book The New Bottom Line (2003).
Alan has deep insight into the commercial/marketing implications of VRM via his former roles as Editor of Marketing magazine, marketing correspondent for the London Times, and as a writer for the Financial Times.

He is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield School of Management, and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Brand Management, and Journal of Direct, Digital and Database Marketing. Alan is also a co-founder of Mydex, the personal data store company.

Konstantin (Kosta) Peric

Kosta is a technologist, and his interests lie at the point of fusion between technology, finance and innovation.

He’s been with SWIFT since 22 years and held numerous positions. He was the chief architect of SWIFTNet, the backbone worldwide secure network currently connecting 8,000 banks and 1,000 corporations, and servicing daily the world economy. Since 2008, he is Head of Innovation and co-founder of Innotribe, the financial industry initiative to enable collaborative innovation.
His interests lies in technology subjects such as the digital asset grid, mobile payments, big data, augmented reality, hard AI; and softer topics such as banks for a better world, connecting the unbanked, virtual currencies and new economies.
He also likes applying his knowledge and experience in supporting social entrepreneurship.

Kosta lives near Brussels with his family. He loves motorbikes, gadgets, sci-fi books, elegant food and cyberpunk movies.

Gary Rowe

Gary Rowe is an entrepreneur, angel investor, technologist, advisor to tech start-ups and former President of Burton Group. Burton Group was acquired by Gartner in December, 2009 for $56 million. Gary has spent the last 35 years in as a senior executive and thought leader in the information technology space. He is presently an investor with Tech Coast Angels and directly supporting several start-up technology companies. Over the years he has led several hundred technology consulting engagements with some of world’s largest organizations, and, via Burton Group, had a significant customer-centric influence on the state of internet, identity and security technology infrastructure. Gary lives in San Diego with a lovely wife, 5 children, and 3 grandchildren.

Mary Ruddy

Mary Ruddy is the Chair of Identity Commons and Secretary of the OASIS Electronic Identity Credential Trust Elevation Methods (Trust Elevation) TC. She is also the Founder of Meristic, Inc., a software services company providing strategy and implementation services in “user-centric” identity management and distributed networks. She has over 20 years experience developing and implementing distributed enterprise software systems. Her current work involves software projects and communities that address internet identity issues and trusted information sharing. She is a frequent speaker on topics of user-driven identity management. Previously Mary was a VP with Parity Communications, Inc. Prior to joining Parity in 2003, Mary was Vice President, Strategic Marketing at Parametric Technology Corporation (NASDAQ:PMTC), where she was responsible for a software product line that allowed buyers to design their own products on the web. Before PTC, she was VP Strategic Alliances at OpenOrders, where she helped sell the company to IBM’s WebSphere Commerce Suite software group. Prior to OpenOrders, she was VP Advanced Products at Pegasystems (NASDAQ:PEGA). Mary was an early employee at Pegasystems, which is a developer of rules-based customer service process automation software. Mary has a degree in Mathematics from Smith College and holds a MSM from the MIT School of Management.

Markus Sabadello

Markus Sabadello, based in Vienna, has worked as a consultant and developer on many technologies related to user-centric identity and personal data online. He has contributed to various software projects in these fields, and he founded his own open-source initiative Project Danube, where he works on innovative ideas as they emerge. Project Danube is among other things home to the XDI2 library.

Markus is a member of the OASIS XDI Technical Committee and technical advisor at the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. He is also active in communities such as the Federated Social WebVendor Relationship Management, and the FreedomBox. Besides Computer Science, Markus also has a background in Peace and Conflict Studies, and is therefore interested in both technology itself and the potential for positive political and social changes it engenders. He has worked on several topics at the intersection of technology, peace, and human rights.

Nat Sakimura

Nat Sakimura is currently Chairman of the OpenID Foundation. He has been working on digital identity and privacy for the past decade. His main theme has been empowering people with digital identity so they can live happily and peacefully in cyberspace and transact or connect whenever and wherever they want. To that end, he has been active in standardization spaces such as OASIS, the OpenID Foundation, the Kantara Initiative, and more recently in ISO. He has also been active in public policy spaces, serving on various committees in the Japanese government including the technical working group for the Japanese National ID system. He is a contributor to the IETF OAuth 2.0 specification and the JSON Web Encryption specification, and is a co-author of the OpenID Connect and JSON Web Signature specifications. On the personal side, Nat lives with his wife and family in Toyko, Japan. He is a flautist and still deeply loves both western and Japanese ’classical’ music (especially modern classical pieces). He spent 6 years in Kenya while he was in junior and senior high school, where he learnt how to ride horses to go after giraffe, and he still loves the life there.

Heather Schlegel

Heather Schlegel is a futurist, technologist, and cacophonist. Since 1996 she has helped build innovative Internet products in Silicon Valley (and beyond) and has more than 50 product launches to her name. Schlegel also served as the Innotribe Innovation Lead for the Pan-Americas, building and supporting collaborative financial innovation in North, Central and South America for SWIFT, the European Bank Cooperative.

Her research projects include alternate/virtual currencies and transactions; the impact of technology on identity creation and positive wildcards. Schlegel is primarily known by her online moniker, heathervescent, where she explores the intersection of technology, culture and identity.

Doc Searls

Doc Searls, co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, is a journalist, columnist, author and a widely-read blogger, a fellow at the Center for Information Technology & Society (CITS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a fellow alumnus (2006-2010) of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. A longtime advocate for open-source software, Searls has been a contributer and editor with Linux Journal since it began publishing in 1994. He is the father of VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) and established and led ProjectVRM for five years at the Berkman Center. One of the world’s most passionate advocates for fully independent and empowered customers, his book The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge is being published by Harvard Business Press in April 2012.

Sid Sidner

Sid Sidner wrote his first FORTRAN program in 1966 and was hooked. He is an expert software engineer, having developed systems ranging from small business accounting systems to large miilitary intelligence data handling systems (PRC/Northrop Grumman) and retail payment systems (ACI Worldwide). He is a cryptographic engineer (ASC X9F6) and an expert in security engineering (ACI Worldwide). He has a passion for Internet-scale identity, working with Ping Identity to implement a scheme using Information Cards for the 3D Secure retail payment system. This partnership led to him assume the role of Community Evangelist for Ping Identity, promoting social interactions among Ping Identity’s customers, their employees, and the identerati.

Paul Trevithick

For several years Paul has been working to give people more control over their own data: their accounts, profiles, and relationships with friends and businesses they trust. In 2003 he wrote the original code for and is the architect for an open source project called Higgins ( that is now part of the Eclipse Foundation. He joined the emerging Identity Commons community in 2005 with its vision of user-centric identity. Paul has contributed to working groups at Identity Commons, Kantara, OASIS and W3C. The promise of Information Card as a technology to enable user-centric identity led to his formation and chairmanship of the Information Card Foundation in 2008. The ICF was backed by Microsoft, Novell, Google, Deutche Telekom and several others. Some Infocard innovations have made their way into the new OpenId Connect spec. In 2009 Paul formed Azigo, Inc.– a restart of the earlier startup, Parity Communications, Inc., which he also co-founded. He is currently CTO of Azigo. Paul is frequently called on to advise industry, government, and academic groups on issues related to digital identity, privacy and security. Prior to Azigo, Paul was president and co-founder of Bitstream (NASDAQ:BITS) and co-founder of Lightspeed Computers acquired by DuPont in 1985. Before that he was a research assistant at the Media Lab and has a BSEE from MIT. He blogs at

Peter Vander Auwera

Peter Vander Auwera was appointed Innovation Leader SWIFT in 2007. As a member of the Innovation team, he is content curator for the Innotribe events such as Innotribe at Sibos. He is responsible for various innovation proofs of concept and for the Digital Asset Grid, a SWIFT Incubation project. Peter joined SWIFT in 2005. He was previously Head of Interfaces.

Prior to SWIFT, Peter was at Microsoft as EAI Solution Sales and Business Development Manager for Microsoft’s Electronic Identity Card plans in Belgium. Consequently, in 2005, Peter received the Microsoft Chairman’s Award. Throughout his career, he has won several innovation- and going-beyond awards. Peter is Belgian, married to Mieke and proud father of a 6 year old daughter.

Peter blogs regularly at and has an engaged Twitter following community @petervan.

James Varga

James is the founder and CEO of miiCard, a global online identity verification service that allows a user to prove for the first time that “you are who you say you are” purely online and in minutes. miiCard’s Trusted IDaaS (Identity as a Service) proves a user’s identity to the level of a photo ID, enabling businesses to offer a wider range of products and services than previously available.

James is a passionate entrepreneur with a strong belief that higher levels of trust in the digital world will not only allow us to do more of what we currently do but also open up new markets. Having been involved with the internet and technology for over 20 years, James has been fortunate to work with both great brands and evolutionary and exciting projects.

Bill Washburn

Dr. Washburn is a non-profit entrepreneur, a technology anthropologist, a long-time trust advocate, and one of the original commercial Internet evangelists. With a Master’s degree in ethics and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from Stanford University, Bill is an educator and policy strategist by training. After leaving higher education (working at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, & Colorado State University) to advocate commercial and private use of the Internet, he has spent the last two decades founding, sustaining, and building for-profit and non-profit start-up organizations in the Internet infrastructure, open source and trust focused identity communities. He was the founding Executive Director of the Commercial Internet eXchange (CIX) that led the lobbying effort to change the Internet’s restrictive Acceptable Use Policies that prevented marketplace use of the Internet. He was Senior VP for Business Development of InternetWorld, Chief Policy Officer at RealNames, Inc., and the founding ED of the OpenID Foundation. Currently he is serving as the founding executive director of the non-profit Berkeley Mobile International Collaborative. Bill is the father of three sons and is an avid long distance runner, skier, fan of poetry, music, dance meditation, and gardening. He is a long time resident of Northern California currently living in the Sonoma wine country.

Dan Whaley

Dan Whaley is the founder of, an open-source, distributed, non-profit platform for the collaborative annotation and merit-based filtering of information online. His prime motivation in life is to see manifest the amazing things humanity is truly capable of. In 1994 Dan launched the online travel industry as the coder and entrepreneur who founded Internet Travel Network (ITN, later renamed GetThere). The first airline reservation made over the web was booked via a server in his living room in 1995. GetThere pioneered a number of the key technical and business concepts in widespread use on the Internet today. It went public in 1999 (NASDAQ: GTHR) and was purchased in 2000 by Sabre, Inc. (NYSE: TSG). GetThere still handles over 60% of the B2B market for online travel services and is one of the largest transaction processing systems in the world. He has a degree in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a licensed private pilot, a ham radio operator and an avid inline skater.

Nancy White

Nancy White treasures her multiple identities as collaborator, connector, facilitator, learner, chocoholic, grandmother, gardener, etc. Her vocations include online interaction designer, facilitator and coach for communities of practice, learning, distributed teams, the generative application of social media, and facilitation of online communities. Through her consultancy, Full Circle Associates Nancy helps organizations connect through online and offline strategies. She has a special interest in the NGO/NPO sector and has worked extensively in international development. Nancy blogs, teaches, presents and writes on online facilitation and interaction, social architecture and social media . She is co-author with Etienne Wenger and John Smith of “Digital Habitats: Stewarding Technology for Communities.” Prior to her solo career, Nancy helped run an internet start up, worked in maternal and child health, and broadcasting, appreciating the diversity and similarities of all these callings. Of course, that makes her Duke degree in Botany (marine!) totally logical, right?

Phil Windley

Phil Windley is the Founder and CTO of Kynetx, an early stage company providing a platform for building browser apps. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses on reputation, digital identity, large-scale system design, and programming languages. Phil writes the popular Technometria blog and is a frequent contributor to various technical publications. He is also the author of the book Digital Identity from O’Reilly Media. Prior to joining BYU, Phil spent two years as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Utah, serving on Governor Mike Leavitt’s Cabinet and as a member of his Senior Staff. Before entering public service, Phil was Vice President for Product Development and Operations at Excite@Home and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of iMALL, Inc. an early creator of electronic commerce tools. Phil serves on the Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards for several high-tech companies. Phil received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Univ. of California, Davis in 1990.