Odyssey Connect opening keynote of internet cryptography pioneer Christopher Allen about essential insights and reflections around historical, technological and ethical aspects of Self-Sovereign Identity on the 5th of February, The Hague (The Netherlands).
Christopher is an entrepreneur and technologist who specializes in collaboration, security, and trust. As a pioneer in internet cryptography, he’s initiated cross-industry collaborations and created industry standards that influence the entire internet. Though he’s worked within numerous privacy and security sectors, Christopher’s recent emphasis has been on engines of trust such as blockchain, smart contracts, and smart signatures, in particular decentralized self-sovereign identity.
Christopher’s focus on internet trust began as the founder of Consensus Development where he co-authored the IETF TLS internet-draft that is now at the heart of all secure commerce on the World Wide Web. Christopher is co-chair of the W3C Credentials CG working on standards for decentralized identity. Christopher has also been a digital civil liberties and human-rights privacy advisor, was part of the team that led the first UN summit on Digital Identity & Human Rights, and was the producer of a half-dozen iPhone and iPad games, and of Infinite PDF, a non-linear media app.
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