Stefan Brands

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Stefan Brands
Nationality Dutch
Fields Business
Computer Science
Alma mater Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica
Eindhoven University of Technology
University of Utrecht
Doctoral advisor Henk van Tilborg
Adi Shamir

Stefan A. Brands is the founder of Credentica,[1] which in 2008 sold[2] its U-Prove[3] technology to Microsoft.[4][5][6][7] Prior to Credentica, Brands licensed earlier versions of the technology to DigiCash[8][9] and Zero-Knowledge Systems.[10][11][12] Brands has served as an adjunct professor at McGill University (2000–2010), serves on the advisory board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (2007–...) and has served on the advisory boards of the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (2005–2006) and the ISP Institute of University of Toronto (2007–2011).


  1. Credentica web site. Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  2. Wired News: Microsoft Promises Not to Hoard Crypto-Based ID Protection. Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  3. McCullagh, Declan. (16 December 2002) CNET News: Perspective: Tech's answer to Big Brother. Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  4. Heath, William. (4 April 2008) Microsoft lines up with the good guys on identity tech. The Register. Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  5. Microsoft Press Release: Progress Toward a Safer, More Trusted Internet. (2 March 2010). Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  6. Bright, Peter. (3 March 2010) Microsoft open-sources clever U-Prove identity framework. Ars Technica. Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  7. Microsoft Progress on End-to-End Trust. Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  8. How DigiCash Blew Everything, NEXT magazine, January 1999
  9. “Minting” electronic cash by David Chaum and Stefan Brands, in: IEEE Spectrum special issue on electronic money, February 1997
  10. Zero-Knowledge Systems: Press Release. (7 April 2000). Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  11. Wired News: A New ID-Less ID System. Retrieved on 29 November 2011.
  12. Wall Street Journal: Zero-Knowledge Is Hoping to Cash In On Move to Anonymous Funds for Web. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved on 03 October 20151.

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