A Brief History of the Consortium

Core Technical Partners of the Consortium embed globally-rare or unique open high-assurance IT expertises along the entire supply-chain; while our Governance Partners, represent leading EU nations states, industry associations, citizens collectives and local municipalities. Both have participated to proposals for 1-4M€ EU R&D funding opportunities that we submitted over the last 2 years, including the latest on April 12th 2016. These proposals defined, in fine detail, plans to build the Trustless Computing computing base, standards and supply-chain. Albeit not required by the R&D funding calls, all Core Technical Partners signed the related conditionally-binding Consortium MoU Agreement (PDF) setting in fine detail royalties, patent, lincesing, non-copete and more.

The same goals of the R&D proposal is now also pursued via its spin-off startup TRUSTLESS.AI via private equity means, and Luxembourg public R&D funds. On Apr 2017, we have signed a LoI for a Partnership on Trustless Computing, which will provide great opportunities to further our goals and expand our community.

Core Technical Partners

  • Kryptus (Brazil) It developed the SCuP, World’s only microprocessor architected for high-security security and the only one publicly inspectable with hardware and software designs, as confirmed in writing by the European Defence Agency.  It designed the 400.000 voting machines of Brazil, fighter to fighter communications systems, and the HSM of core Root CA of the main Brazilian PKI.
    • Role: CPU and SoC design
  • Lfoundry (Italy) Leading EU-located and EU-owned foundry with a 200mm plant, with over 1700 staff and with capacity of 40,000 wafers per month. The only independent and economically-viable EU foundry with in the 60nm and 160nm capabilities. It is suitable for high-assurance low-performance general-purpose end-user computing. Historical expertise in high-assurance critical hardware components production. Common Criteria EAL5+ certification is in progress.
    • Role: Secure chip fabrication at scale
  • KU Leuven – COSIC Group. (Belgium) Research group COSIC (Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography) of the Dept. of Electrical Engineering­ ESAT Dept. Lead by Prof. Bart Preneel, President of the International Association for Cryptologic Research. Provides world­-leading expertise in digital security and strives for innovative security solutions, in a broad range of application domains.
    • Role: Crypto
  • DFKI – German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (Germany) is currently the largest research center worldwide in the area of Artificial Intelligence and its applications, in terms of number of employees and the volume of external funds. DFKI shareholders include Deutsche Post, Deutsche Telekom, Google, Microsoft, SAP, BMW, Intel and Daimler.
    • Role: Fabrication oversight processes (CivicFab/Site)
  • TRUSTLESS.AI (US/Luxembourg). TRUSTLESS.AI is a spin-off of the Open Media Cluster, founders of the Trustless Computing Consortium. It is a bootstrapping fin-tech and secure communications startup based Menlo Park, California, that has recently moved its main office to Berlin, including HW prototyping and marketing office. It is building a 2mm-thin touch-screen device – attachable through a case to the back of any phone – that enables top enterprises, top banks, and mission-critical NGOs to radically exceed the state-of-the-art in the confidentiality and integrity of lawful communications and financial transactions.
    • Role: app and middle-ware layers;service, life-cycle and supply-chain architecture; socio-technical and organizational components

Governance Partners

  • European Organisation for Security. (Belgium) A member-supported research, dissemination and strategic organization it is the largest industry association of large European IT security providers, researcher entities, universities, clusters and associations. Shareholders include: Thales, Almaviva, Atos, CEA, Fraunhofer, Engineering, Airbus, Indra, Saab, STM.
  • Federal Chief Information Officer of Austria. (Austria) Represented by Reinhard Posch, since 2001, it reports directly to the Austrian Chancellor and direct all Digital Austria and e-government activities in Austria. Lead the Digital Austria ICT Board”, responsible for creating the legal and technical requirements as well as coordinating the planning and development of eGovernment solutions between the Federal Government, the provinces, and local authorities. It acts as Director general of A-SIT and therefore coordinate Austria role in SO-GIS and most relevant cybersecurity standardization and certification activities.
  • Italian Ministry of Economic Development – Istituto Superiore delle Comunicazioni e delle Tecnologie dell’Informazione (ISCOM) (Italy). ISCOM is a General Direction of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development and it runs OCSI, the Italian Scheme for ICT Security Certification. OCSI is the Italian official member within CCRA and SOG-IS MRA. As authorizing member in both agreements it produces ICT security certifications which are recognized in Europe and world-wide. OCSI operates in the context of certification of ICT products and systems for civil use. In addition to OCSI, ISCOM hosts Ce.Va an evaluation center laboratory for ICT products and systems dealing with classified data.
  • Data Protection Authority of the State of Schleswig-Holstein of the Federal Republic of Germany (Germany). Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz (ULD, Engl. Independent Centre for Privacy Protection) is the Data Protection Authority of Schleswig-Holstein, the northernmost Federal State of Germany. Its office with 40 employees is located in Kiel, Germany. The Privacy Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein, Marit Hansen, is head of ULD. ULD is responsible for both freedom of information as well as data protection at private and public sector entities seated in Schleswig-Holstein.
  • The Secure Information Technology Center of Austria (Austria). A-SIT is the leading IT standardization and certification public body in Austria. It represents public authorities or assists Austrian public authorities in various international and EU bodies (e.g., Council of Europe, ENISA Management Board, Common Criteria Management Board, SOG-IS, OECD, etc.). Its members are the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF), the Central Bank of the Republic of Austria (Oesterreichische Nationalbank, OeNB), the Federal Computing Centre of Austria (BRZ), and Graz University of Technology (TU Graz). Further formal duties are Competent Authority for certifying online collection systems for the European Citizen Initiative (EU Regulation 211/10, art. 6(4)), security assessment of e-voting technical components (student union elections), or expert opinions for the Data Protection Commission. Following a Cabinet Council decision the Austrian federal ministries are asked to call on A-SIT in case of research orders or questions corresponding to the A-SIT mission. Thus, A-SIT has duties of a national ICT security advisory agency, even though not organized as an agency, but as an association.
  • Municipality of Barcelona (Spain). It is the capital city of the autonomous community of Catalonia in Spain and Spain’s second most populated city, with a population of 1.6 million[5] within its administrative limits. As the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia, Barcelona is the seat of the Catalan government, known as the Generalitat de Catalunya; of particular note are the executive branch, the parliament, and the Supreme Court of Catalonia. It has historically been a EU leader in government and e-government practices centered on promoting citizens’ autonomy.
  • Lombardia Informatica. (Italy) It is a public-capital service company which has been constituted in December 1981 as an initiative of the Regional Government of the Lombardia (Regione Lombardia). It has around 630 employees and a turnover of about 200 million Euro.  Designs and implements ICT Systems for the Regional Government and represents the unique interface between Regione Lombardia and the marketplace. LISPA team has a complete expertise in providing public services. The large experience in complex service and in providing critical privacy and security services in e-Gov and eHealth fields involving citizens and public employees guaranties all competence to manage the lab validation site.
  • The Scientific Advisory Board of the Trustless Computing Consortium.

Other Partners

  • Univ. Luxembourg – SnT – Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (Luxembourg). The SnT conducts internationally competitive research in information and communication technology, ICT, with high relevance creating socio-economic impact. In addition to long-term, high-risk research, SnT engages in demand driven collaborative projects with industry and the public sector. Therefore the centre has set up a Partnership Program with now 32 members targeting strategic areas addressing challenges confronting industry and the public sector in ICT. These resulting concepts present a genuine, long-lasting competitive advantage for companies in Luxembourg and beyond. SnT has undergone a rapid development since its launch in 2009; recruiting top scientists, launching over 50 EU and ESA projects, creating a technology transfer office (TTO), protecting and licensing IP, launching four spin-offs, and creating a dynamic interdisciplinary research environment with some 260 people.
    • Role: anonymization layer, other.
  • Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique – Décentralisé Team  (France) Established in 1967, French public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. Their new high ­security laboratory in Rennes (est. 2015), focuses on the development of secure systems in general and more specifically on P2P and privacy­-enhancing network protocols. The team is lead by Christian Grothoff.
  • Goethe University – Deutsche Telekom Chair for Mobile Business and Multilateral Security (Germany). Leads in research on issues of privacy and security in innovative mobile networks, and related social and economical aspects. Lead some of the most important EU R&D project in the area of privacy, including: ABC4trust, TresPass, PrivacyOS. Chair is Prof. Kai Rannenberg, member of the NIS Platform for Individual Rights.
  • American Mini Foundry (USA) A dormant but leading startup in ultra high-assurance IC foundry oversight. They have unprecedented world-class competencies in hardware design and fabrication assurance processes. Among the management team members that will be involved is their President Scodden, and Gerry Etzold, the former Technical Director of NSA Trusted Foundry Program (2008-2009).
  • EMAG Institute of Innovative Technologies (Poland) The Institute of Innovative Technologies EMAG is the R&D leader in many sectors of the market, such as information security management systems, business continuity systems, risk management systems, natural hazards monitoring, and systems for automation and measurement. Has also knowledge and experience in the development of risk assessment methods and tools for different domains of applications e.g. for critical infrastructures, transport utility.
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