Adjunct Professor, McGill University, School of Computer Science
Stream 3 - technologies that identify, anonymize and authenticate
e-mail: brands(at)cs.mcgill.ca, brands(at)credentica.com
Stefan Brands is the founder and president of Credentica, a
Montreal-based startup that delivers innovative identity and access
management solutions. He holds a Ph.D. in cryptography from Technical
University of Eindhoven and a M.Sc. in mathematics from University of
Utrecht. Stefan is an Adjunct Professor in modern cryptology at
McGill's School of Computer Science. In this capacity he co-supervises
several M.Sc. and PhD students who are conducting cryptographic
research in the area of digital identity and privacy. Stefan is a
principal member of "On The Identity Trail" as well as of ADAPID, a
Belgian R&D consortium that is designing a next-generation ID
chipcard. Prior to joining Credentica, Stefan was a senior
cryptographer at two pioneering privacy technology companies:
Zero-Knowledge Systems (anonymous data transport) and Digicash
(electronic cash). Stefan served in 2004 and 2005 on the external
advisory committee of the Federal Privacy Commissioner of Canada, and
is the author of a book on multi-party secure electronic
authentication, published by The MIT Press with a foreword by prof. Ron
Rivest. (Available for download from www.credentica.com/the_mit_pressbook.php.)
In the early nineties, Stefan designed the core e-cash protocols of a
chipcard system that was implemented and piloted by two European
consortiums that included Gemplus, Siemens, and several European banks.
Stefan maintains a personal blog on identity management and privacy at www.idcorner.org.
Read our interview with Stefan Brands
“A primer on user identification,” Panopticon,
The 15th Annual Conference on Computers, Freedom & Privacy, Keeping
an Eye on the Panopticon: Workshop on Vanishing Anonymity, Seattle, April 12, 2005.
"Non-Intrusive Cross-Domain Digital Identity Management," Proceedings of the 3rd Annual PKI R&D Workshop in Gaithersburg, April 2004.
Setting the Larger Context, Achieving the Right Outcomes" presented at
the 7th Annual Privacy and Security Workshop Your Identity Please:
Identity Theft and Identity Management in the 21st Century, Toronto,
November 3, 2006.
"Today's Identity Crisis, and the Identity Metasystem" presented at MIX06 conference, Las Vegas, March 20-22, 2006.
"Identity Management and Privacy," presented at the 6th Annual Privacy and Security Workshop, Privacy and Security: Disclosure, University of Toronto, November 3, 2005.
Digital Identity Management,” presented to Proceedings of the 3rd
Annual PKI R&D Workshop in Gaithersburg, April 2004.
.:works in progress:.
.:id trail mix:.
On Canadian developments in Electronic Health Record Management and the need for cross-disciplinary action
On E-Government Authentication and Privacy