About Me

Experienced software engineer. Identity and privacy-preserving cryptography researcher. I believe digital tools for relationship and information management has a key role to play in ensuring individual freedom is maintained and expanded in the information age.

Questions On My Mind

  • How might we ensure that the digital systems we create today are resilient to a future we cannot predict?

  • How can we have anonymity in identity systems while retaining trust and accountability?

  • How might we define cryptographic policies based on top of Verifiable Credentials?

  • How does Self-Sovereign Identity fit into national identity management systems?

  • How might we take steps to prevent the technology we create today being misused in the future?

  • What measures can we take to ensure that freedom, instead of being a rare exception, will become the normal, natural and stable condition for ourselves and our descendants? - The Transparent Society

  • Will the Self-Sovereign Identity model be a viable alternative before the majority of the world's population is involved in one oppressive system or another?

  • How might we use our existing legal and social constructs to emphasise the value of this new model for identity?

  • How might we begin to build systems that will empower the next generation of digital citizens?

Papers I am Currently Processing

Please ask me about them!

PhD Thesis Proposal: Evaluating Identity Ecosystems

September 24, 2019

This is a brief summary of my current research focus and objectives for the rest of my PhD - I have two years. I write this in preparation for the MyData 2019 conference and would welcome feedback, comments and questions. If you are at the conference…

Reflections on the BIL Conference

September 10, 2019

Our lab’s recent conference was the culmination of its first year in existence. A celebration of what we have learnt and a recognition of the challenges we still have to overcome. It was not perfect, there were some technical issues and timing was…

A Long Overdue Update

April 26, 2019

It’s been a while since I took a step back and reflected on my progress and development as a researcher and generally a learner in the fast-moving field of identity, cryptography and everything in between. A lot has happened. A whole university term…