Peter Biddle

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Peter Biddle in 2013
Peter Biddle in 2012
Peter Biddle in 2007

Peter Nicholas Biddle (born December 22, 1966) is a software evangelist from the United States. His primary fields of interest include content distribution, secure computing, and encryption.


Biddle joined Microsoft in 1990 as a Support Engineer. He was one of the first authors to describe the concept of darknet,.[1] an early participant in the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI), Copy Protection Technical Working Group, and Trusted Computing Platform Alliance, an early technical evangelist for DVD and digital video recorder technology, the founding leader of Microsoft's Next-Generation Secure Computing Base (code named Palladium) initiative,[2] and was responsible for starting Microsoft's Hypervisor development efforts.[3]

Biddle built and led the engineering team that shipped BitLocker Drive Encryption,[4] a Trusted Platform Module-rooted disk encryption for Windows Vista. Bitlocker continues to be used by Microsoft today, having been shipped with certain versions of Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2008 and later.[5][6][7]

In 1998, Biddle publicly demonstrated real-time consumer digital video recorder functionality using an inexpensive MPEG2 hardware encoder, at the WinHEC conference during a speech by Bill Gates.[8] Biddle was the author[9] of the diagram on page 13[10] in the SDMI specification, which enabled the playback of unknown or unlicensed content on SDMI-compliant players, and was a vocal proponent within SDMI for the external validation of digital watermarking.[11]

On August 8, 2007, London-based company Trampoline Systems, a company exploring what they called The Enterprise 2.0 space[12] announced Biddle would be moving to London to join them as Vice President of Development after leaving Microsoft.[13] While at Trampoline, Biddle ran all product development and engineering efforts.

In 2008, Biddle joined Intel Corporation as a director of the Google program office. During his tenure at Intel, he also served in other positions, including evangelist and General Manager of Intel's AppUp digital storefront, which was shuttered in 2014[14] after four years' operation, Director of the Intel Atom Developer Program,[citation needed] described as "...a framework for developers to create and sell software applications for netbooks with support for handhelds and smart phones available in the future",[15] and General Manager of Intel's Cloud Services Platform.[16]

In 2009 he became a surprise witness in the RealNetworks, Inc. v. DVD Copy Control Association, Inc. case where, as one of the drafters of the CSS license, he served as an expert on certain CSS licensing issues at the heart of the case.[17][18][19]

For more than 3 years[20] during Biddle's tenure at Intel, he hosted the podcast "MashUp Radio",[21][22] an online publication sponsored by Intel.

In 2014, Biddle founded TradLabs,[23] a company using technology to make rock climbing safer and more accessible.

Personal life[edit]

Biddle is a member of the Biddle family of Philadelphia and is a descendant of Nicholas Biddle, whose name he bears as his middle name. Other notable Biddles include Charles Biddle, Vice President of Pennsylvania and Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans an American heiress and philanthropist.

External links[edit]

  1. Plucky rebels: Being agile in an un-agile place - Peter Biddle at TED@Intel
  2. Mobile Insights Radio with Peter Biddle
  3. - This week in Law 213
  4. The Darknet & the Future of Everything* - Keynote Address Gov 2.0 L.A.
  5. Tradlabs


  1. ^ Peter Biddle; Paul England; Marcus Peinado & Bryan Willman (2003). "The Darknet and the Future of Content Distribution" (PDF). ACM Digital Rights Management Workshop. Microsoft Corporation. doi:10.1007/10941270_23. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  2. ^ "TCPA and Palladium: Sony Inside --".
  3. ^ "Intel Corporation: Speaker Bio" (PDF). Intel PR. 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  4. ^ Larry Dignan. "Peter Biddle: Enterprise social networking ready for lift-off". ZDNet.
  5. ^ "Bitlocker Drive Encryption". Microsoft. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Bitlocker Drive Encryption (Windows 8)". Microsoft. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Bitlocker Drive Encryption (Windows Server)". Microsoft. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Bill Gates Speech Transcript - WinHec '98". Microsoft. Orlando, Florida. March 26, 1998. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  9. ^ "SDMI I Content Flow and Usage". Slideshare. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  10. ^[bare URL PDF]
  11. ^ Manjoo, Farhad (11 July 2002). "Can we trust Microsoft's Palladium?". Salon. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  12. ^ Tyler, Richard. "Microsoft star jumps at Trampoline job". The Telegraph. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  13. ^ Charles Armstrong (August 8, 2007). "Microsoft hotshot Peter Biddle joins London's Trampoline Systems". Retrieved March 25, 2011.
  14. ^ Corporation, Intel. "Frequently Asked Questions - AppUp". Intel Corporation. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Intel Atom Processor Developer Program for Mobile Devices to Spur New Wave of Applications". Intel News Release. Sep 22, 2009. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  16. ^ "Intel Sees Humans as the Ultimate Mobile Platform". Intel Newsroom. Sep 12, 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  17. ^ Greg Sandoval (May 20, 2009). "RealDVD case: Real introduces surprise witness". CNet news. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  18. ^ Sandoval, Kelly. "At RealDVD hearing, MPAA says copying DVDs never legal". CNET. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  19. ^ "Declaration of Peter Biddle in support of plaintiffs" (PDF). RealNetworks, Inc. and RealNetworks Home Entertainment, Inc.'s Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Injunction. May 26, 2009. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  20. ^ "Articles Tagged MashUp". Intel. Intel PR. Retrieved 26 April 2015.
  21. ^ Suzy Ramirez (January 4, 2011). "Chip Shot: Atom Mashing Radio at CES on Jan. 7". Intel Newsroom. Archived from the original on March 11, 2011. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  22. ^ "Mashup Radio". Blog talk radio. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  23. ^ "TradLabs". Retrieved 23 April 2015.