University of Utrecht
McGill University School of Computer Science
|Doctoral advisors||Adi Shamir|
Henk van Tilborg
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 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 Corp. (2008-2010). He has been an adjunct professor at McGill University (2000-2010), an advisor to Canada's and Ontario's data protection commissioners (2006-2007), and is on the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (since 2009). Brands has extensively briefed, testified before, and provided consultancy to government organizations in North-America and Europe on privacy and security related to e-government, e-health, and national infrastructure protection.
- Chaum, David; Brands, Stefan (4 January 1999). "'Minting' electronic cash". IEEE Spectrum special issue on electronic money, February 1997. IEEE. Retrieved 17 September 2018.
- 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