Trustless Computing Consortium

Scientific Board of Advisors

It is composed of some of the world’s most competent and ethically-committed experts in the field of leading-edge ICT privacy, socio-technical trustworthiness, hardware security, democratic constituent processes, mobile security economics. Nearly all are involved as scientific board member and/or consultants in ongoing R&D proposals based on TRUSTLESS. It’s members are:

  • Bart Preneel,(Phd) (President). World renowned cryptology expert and researcher. President (2008-2013) of the International Association for Cryptologic Research, which organizes the leading EU crypto conference Eurocrypt. Project manager of the Network of Excellence ECRYPT II (Cryptology) (2008-2013), of ECRYPT-NET (2015-2019) and ECRYPT CSA (2015-2017). Member of the Advisory Board of multiple projects, companies and organizations. Winner of the 2014 RSA Security Award for Excellence in the Field of Mathematics.
  • Reinhard Posch, (Phd) Chief Technology Officer (CIO) of Austria. Since 2001, he is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Government of Austria responsible for strategic coordination of activities in the field of ICT including all levels of government. Since 2003, he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Stiftung Secure Information and Communication Technologies (SIC) in Graz. From 2007 to 2011 he was Chairman of the Management Board of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA);
  • Paolo Giorgini,(Phd) Professor at Information Engineering and Computer Science Department (DISI)
    University of Trento. world-renowned expert in socio-technical system trust. Co-author of Socio-technical Trust: An Architectural Approach and the founder of the Socio-Technical Security (STS) methodology, a social and organizational approach to security engineering. STS extends and builds on his previous work on security requirements engineering that recently has been awarded as the ten years most influential paper ( He is co-author of the forthcoming MIT Press book: Security Requirements Engineering–Designing Secure Socio-Technical systems. (pdf)
  • Sunil Abraham. Exec. Director of Center for Information and Society, Bangalore, India. CIS is the premiere digital civil rights association of india, spanning from privacy, security, literacy, surveillance, etc. Between June 2004 and June 2007, Sunil also managed the International Open Source Network, a project of United Nations Development Programme’s Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme serving 42 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Kai Rannenberg,(Phd) Head of the Chair of Deutsche Telekom Mobile Business and Multilateral Security at Goethe University. Member of ENISA Permanent Stakeholder Group. Before he was with the System Security Group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK focusing on “Personal Security Devices & Privacy Technologies“.
  • Jovan Golic,(Phd) EIT Digital PrivacyWorld-renowned cryptographer. He is currently the Privacy, Security and Trust Action Line Leader of one of 6 action lines of the 3BN€ EIT Digital , set to bring leading close-to-market innovations to market through 8 specialized territorial nodes throughout the EU.
  • Roberto Gallo, (Phd). Chief Scientist & Ceo at Kryptus. He developed: (i)the hardware security architecture of the Brazilian voting machines (T-DRE, Urna Eletrônica), with more than 400.000 devices manufactured, (ii) the development of the ASI-HSM, the HSM of the Brazilian PKI-root CA and the sole device with the highest Brazilian certification level (NSF2-NSH3, FIPS 140-2 Level 4 compatible), (iii) the first Secure Microprocessor of the south hemisphere, the SCuP.
  • James S. Fishkin.(Phd) He holds the Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication at Stanford University. Professor of Communication, Professor of Political Science (by courtesy) and Director of the Center for Deliberative Democracy. His work focuses on deliberative democracy and democratic theory in books such as When the People Speak (2009), Deliberation Day (2004 with Bruce Ackerman) and Democracy and Deliberation (1991). He originated Deliberative Polling as a method of public consultation in 1988. He began to apply it in collaboration with Robert C. Luskin in 1994 and has since spread it, various collaborators, to projects in 23 countries. For more on Deliberative Polling see He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Francesca Bria. (Phd) Francesca Bria is a Nesta Senior Adviser and Senior Project Lead in the Nesta Innovation Lab. She is the EU Coordinator of the D­CENT project on open democracy and social digital currencies and she is the principal Investigator of the DSI project on digital social innovation in Europe. Francesca is a member of the Internet of Things Council and an advisor for the European Commission on Future Internet and Smart Cities policy. She is also a member of the EC Expert Group on Open Innovation (OISPG) and a member of the European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things (IERC).
  • Mika Lauhde. VP, Government Relations and Business Development, SSH Communication Security. Leads for SSH its initiative for a secure mobile OS with Jolla OS. Member of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency) PSG (2009 – ). Management Member of Leuven University European Crypto Task Force (2014-). EU ENISA – Europol working group (2014-) Member of Finnish Government Cyber Security working group (2013 – ). Member of EU Commission NIS (Network and Information Security) platform (2013 – ). Founding Member and Board Member of TDL (Trust In Digital Life) (2010 – 2013) (Part of the European Cyber Security Strategy plan 2013). Member of EU government security advisory board (RISEPTIS, reporting to Commissar Redding), (2007-2009). Member of Finnish government ICT security advisory board. (2007 – 2010).
  • Daniele Archibugi. (Phd) Research Director at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Rome, affiliated at the Institute on Population and Social Policy (IRPPS), and Professor of Innovation, Governance and Public Policy at the University of London, Birkbeck College, School of Business, Economics and Informatics. He is a world renowned expert in global governance and constituent processes towards accountable global institutions. He works on the economics and policy of innovation and technological change and on the political theory of international relations.
  • Caspar Bowden. (Caspar Bowden has been for 6 months our advisor. He passed away in July 2015. A great loss for the privacy activist community for its indefatigable head-on drive and competency). Caspar Bowden was an independent advocate for information privacy rights, and public understanding of privacy research in computer science.

Socio-Technical Board

It is composed world-class technical experts in specialized fields of leading-edge ICT privacy, hardware security, hardware fabrication oversight, Free/open source software project management. If our 4M€ March 2015  FET-Open submitted proposal will be accepted, the first 4 in the list have committed to serve in the R&D project’s Technical Board, contributing at least 5 man-days. It’s members are:

  • Stefano Zacchiroli. Associate Professor of Computer Science at University Paris Diderot, former 3 times Debian Project Leader (lastly in 2010-2013), Board Director at Open Source Initiative (OSI)”. Debian established the Debian Social Contract, a statute regulating the Debian community that had great role in making it to date the GNU Linux distribution of reference in the GNU/Linux world.
  • Pierluigi Paganini Chief Information Security Officer at Bit4D, leading Italian eID, digital signature, certified email (SPID/eIDAS) solutions provider. Member of ENISA Permanente Stakeholder Group. Editor at, formerly with ST-Microelectronics. Pierluigi Paganini is Chief Information Security Officer at Bit4Id, firm leader in identity management, member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Treat Landscape Stakeholder Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at “Cyber Defense Magazine”, Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. Founder of the security blog “Security Affairs”.  Author of the Books “The Deep Dark Web” and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.
  • Jon Shamah. Principal Consultant at EJ Consultants and Chairman of EEMA. A recognised international digital Identity & Trust Subject Matter Expert, specialising in maximising the technology and operational value chain of very large scale Trust programmes. Former co-chair of ITU-T SG17 JCA IDM.
  • Christian Schunck, PhD.: obtained his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008. Subsequently Dr. Schunck worked for The Boston Consulting GmbH in Munich, Germany as a consultant specializing in risk management. In 2011 he joined Fondazione Inuit focusing on research and development in the area of IT risk and security in particular identity management and the validation of distributed electronic transactions. Christian published more than 30 papers which have received more than 4500 citations and coordinated the business and regulatory work package of the SSEDIC (Scoping the Single European Digital Identity Community) thematic network.
  • Giovanni Franza, (Dipl.Ing.SUP) Long-time IT security hacker, activist and professional. Since 2011 Technical Director of the Open Media Cluster, and previously at Telematics Freedom Foundation. Giovanni Franza, after the first experiences in the field of SIGINT in the mid-70s, he turned to informatics, dealing with network security, secure embedded systems, hardened operating systems on CD / CF, signal processing, combining various skills to build complex architectures on different civil projects.. Long-time IT security hacker, activist and professional. Since 2011 Technical Director of the Open Media Cluster, and previously at Telematics Freedom Foundation. Has regularly contributed pro-bono many tens of hours to the development of the TRUSTLESS project since its first inception in 2006.
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