Paul Trevithick

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Paul Trevithick
Paul Trevithick at the Internet Identity Workshop 2006.jpg
Paul Trevithick at the Internet Identity Workshop 2006
Born(1959-08-07)August 7, 1959
Winston-Salem, North Carolina United States of America
Alma materMIT
OccupationSoftware Entrepreneur

Paul Trevithick is currently a client partner and senior director at EPAM, an advisor to early-stage startups, and an advocate for personal data ownership.

Education and career[edit]

He grew up in Ottawa, Canada, attended MIT, and received a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science in 1981 and was a research assistant at the MIT Media Lab in 1981 and 1982. In 1981, he co-founded Lightspeed Computers which was ultimately acquired by DuPont. He was CEO and co-founder in 1985 of Archetype, Inc. which became the Pageflex division of Bitstream Inc. in April 1997. Trevithick then served as Bitstream's vice president of marketing, and starting in August 1998 its president.[1]

Trevithick has contributed to World Wide Web Consortium, PODI,[2] Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), and ITU-T standards efforts. He was granted the Seybold Industry Vision award in 1999.[citation needed]

From 2003 to 2009, Trevithick worked on open source identity software for Internet security, and privacy for digital identities and social networks on the Internet. He co-authored a paper on "Identity and Resilience" that was one of the 100 papers cited as informing the 2009 US White House CyberPolicy Review.[3]

He initiated and co-led what became the Eclipse Foundation's Higgins project.[4] Supporting this effort, he co-founded the SocialPhysics project in collaboration with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and co-founded the IdentityGang, a part of Identity Commons. In 2008 Trevithick founded the Information Card Foundation and served as its chair. In 2009 he co-founded and was a co-chair of the Kantara Initiative Universal Login User Experience Working Group.[5] Trevithick is a past member of the Kantara Leadership Council and a steward of Identity Commons.

Trevithick led the development of the Experimental Laboratory for Investigating Collaboration, Information-sharing, and Trust (ELICIT) [6] web-based platform under contract to the United States Department of Defense (OASD/NII) Command and Control Research Program (CCRP).[7] ELICIT is a tool used in social science research.[8][9]

In 2009, Trevithick founded Azigo[10] and was until 2020 its chairman.[11] In October 2012 he joined PanGenX[12] served as its CTO and COO until August, 2013. He joined EPAM[13] in Dec 2013 and is currently a client partner. His most recent article on data ownership is Exclusive Self-Ownership[14]


  1. ^ Bitstream (March 21, 2000). "Annual Report". Form 10-K. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "PODI". Print On Demand Initiative website
  3. ^ Paul Trevithick, William Coleman, John Clippinger and Kim Taipale (April 22, 2009). "Identity and Resilience" (PDF). Retrieved November 10, 2013 – via National Archives.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Higgins Team". Higgins website. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  5. ^ ULX home page
  6. ^ "Experimental Laboratory for Investigating Collaboration, Information-sharing, and Trust". CCRP website. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "Command and Control Research Program". CCRP. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Want to Brainstorm New Ideas? Then Limit Your Online Connections". NYTimes.
  9. ^ "Facts and Figuring: An Experimental Investigation of Network Structure and Performance in Information and Solution Spaces". Social Science Research Network. SSRN 2412492. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  10. ^ "Azigo". Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2010-01-20.
  11. ^ "Azigo Team". Company web site promotional biographies. Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
  12. ^ "PanGenX". Archived from the original on 2013-01-09.
  13. ^ "EPAM".
  14. ^ "Exclusive Self-Ownership".