Stefan Brands

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Stefan Brands
Scientific career
University of Utrecht
McGill University School of Computer Science
Doctoral advisorsAdi Shamir
Henk van Tilborg

Dr. Stefan Brands designed the core cryptographic protocols of Microsoft's U-Prove technology. Earlier versions of these protocols were implemented by DigiCash,[1][2] Zero-Knowledge Systems,[3] Credentica, and a consortium of European banks and IT organizations.[4][5] For technical details, see Brands' book "Rethinking Public Key Infrastructures and Digital Certificates," published by the MIT Press.[6]

Brands has been a principal architect at Microsoft, an adjunct professor at McGill University, and an advisor to Canada's data protection commissioner and the Electronic Privacy Information Center.


  1. ^ Chaum, David; Brands, Stefan (4 January 1999). "'Minting' electronic cash". IEEE Spectrum special issue on electronic money, February 1997. IEEE. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  2. ^ How DigiCash Blew Everything, NEXT magazine, January 1999.
  3. ^ Wall Street Journal: Zero-Knowledge Is Hoping to Cash In On Move to Anonymous Funds for Web. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved on 3 October 2015.
  4. ^ About the CAFE project, April 1996.
  5. ^ OPERA - Open Payments European Research Association, July 1997.
  6. ^ Rethinking Public Key Infrastructures and Digital Certificates: Building In Privacy, MIT Press 2000, ISBN 0-262-02491-8

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