University of Utrecht
McGill University School of Computer Science
Henk van Tilborg
Dr. Stefan Brands is a cryptographer specialized in electronic cash and digital identity. He is best known for designing the protocols underlying Microsoft's U-Prove technology. Prior to Microsoft, DigiCash and Zero-Knowledge Systems implemented related protocols developed by Brands for anonymous electronic cash with double-spending traceability. The same protocols were implemented by large European banks and IT organizations in the CAFE and OPERA projects to test smartcard-based electronic cash.
Brands has headed privacy technology start-up Credentica (2002-2008), and has been a Principal Architect at Microsoft (2008-2010). He has served as an adjunct professor at McGill University (2000-2010) and as an advisor to Canada's and Ontario's data protection commissioners (2006-2007), and serves on the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (since 2009). Brands has extensively briefed, testified before, and provided consultancy to top-level government organizations in North-America and Europe, notably on privacy and security issues relating to e-government, e-health, and national security infrastructure protection.
- “Minting” electronic cash by David Chaum and Stefan Brands, in: IEEE Spectrum special issue on electronic money, February 1997.
- How DigiCash Blew Everything, NEXT magazine, January 1999.
- Wall Street Journal: Zero-Knowledge Is Hoping to Cash In On Move to Anonymous Funds for Web. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved on October 3, 2015.
- About the CAFE project, April 1996.
- Rethinking Public Key Infrastructures and Digital Certificates: Building In Privacy, MIT Press 2000, ISBN 0-262-02491-8