About Us

The Trustless Computing Association is a non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, and Rome, Italy, promoting since 2013 the creation and wide availability of IT and AI technologies that are radically more secure and accountable than today’s state of the art.

We have been building the Trustless Computing Certification Body, a new IT security certification body and schema, aimed at ultra-high, radically-unprecedented levels of trustworthiness – while at once solidly enabling legit lawful access – and initial compliant open computing base and ecosystem, Seevik Net.

Both such goals are achieved primarily through (1) extreme levels of ethical and public security-review in relation to complexity of all tech and processes critically-involved in the entire life-cycle, down to CPU design and chip fabrication oversight; and through (2) extreme levels of citizen-accountability, independence, and technical proficiency  of the governance and socio-technical process, including the wide utilisation of citizen-witness and citizen-jury based oversight processes.

We have 5 main action lines that we are pursuing with an expanding set of partners, public and private: a spin-off startup, TRUSTLESS.AI, to fund and build SeeVik Net; a Trustless Computing Initiative R&D funding proposal and a world-class event series called Free and Safe in Cyberspace, held in Brussels, Iguaçu, New York, Berlin, and next in Geneva.

While initially offering high-level certifications targeted at the confidentiality, integrity and non-reputability of the most critical civilian and governmental transactions and communications, TCCB will expand to other sub-domains, and to ultra-high availability use cases. It aims to be complementary, synergistic and inspirational for existing and upcoming cybersecurity certifications.

It will strongly promote downward compatibility in respect to EU Secret, eIDAS Qualified, Common Criteria EAL4, SOG-IS. The new Certification Body, while free-standing as a voluntary public-private initiative, will be proposed as a new voluntary certification initiative under UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T) processes, and also eventually from 2021 onwards as  a “schema” within the EU Cybersecurity Certification Framework

MANAGEMENT

Rufo Guerreschi – Executive Director

Since 20 years an entrepreneur, activist and expert in the area of leading-edge IT security and privacy. CEO of TRUSTLESS.AI, a startup building ultra-secure communication devices. He conceived and lead a leading global event series in IT security, Free and Safe in Cyberspace.  Formerly, he brought valuation of EU 2nd largest IT/media tech park project from 3€ to 21M€. Formerly lead open source e-voting/e-democracy startup, Participatory Technologies, that sold in 3 continents.  Formerly lead EU sales of J2ME provisioning system for 4thpass (now Motorola) till a 10M€+ 2001 sale to Telefonica.

David H. Berger – Deputy Director 

Consultant for international NGOs, foundations and start-ups, advising on their fundraising plan and development strategy. Previously worked for the World Health Organization,  building sensitive information sharing solutions for the coordination of international response to major public health incident, including Ebola outbreaks. Created partnerships with high-level experts to encourage leading public health institutions worldwide to adopt the SoPs of WHO’s Emergency Operations Center. 

Roberto Gallo – Co-lead Scientist

CEO and Chief Scientist of Kryptus, Brazilian strategic defense IT company. Advisor at TRUSTLESS.AI. He designed: (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 southern hemisphere, the SCuP.

Udit Dhawan – Co-lead Scientist

Previously Technical Lead at Samsung Research & Development Institute, Senior Scientist at Intel Labs, Lead Student Architect on the US Department of Defense DARPA CRASH/SAFE project at University of Pennsylvania aimed at a clean-slate co-design of the entire computing stack for secure computation (now being commercialized by Dover Microsystems USA).

TEAM

Filipe Magalhães – Junior Marketing Designer

Previously the UX/UI design intern for INNOVA Swiss Proptech, the first Swiss real estate tech startup. Obtained his BINDD (Bachelor’s of Industrial Design) and a minor in Asian studies from Auburn University, and a UX/UI design technical certificate from Ironhack school at the Barcelona campus. In high school, he kick-started the first ever school-wide annual hovercraft challenge.

Christian Wirth – Emerging Technologies Lead

Senior Blockchain Architect at IBM Berlin. Full-stack developer and IT architect. Author of papers on blockchain security and governance, Hyperledger, and GDPR. Co-lead development of Hyperledger-based blockchain for a leading German logistics company. Master in Computer Science at Freie Universität Berlin.

Matteo Mazzeri – Community Manager

Free and open source software advocate. Tuleap open source tools evangelist and Co-designer of responsive cities. Co-organizer of TedxGeneva. He has participated in the evolution of technology as a web developer and entrepreneur, using technology as a tool to empower people. Gave several speeches in conferences such as: United Nations Responsive city camps for NGOs to accelerate SDG’s, TEDxGeneva “Why I need Net Neutrality”, Paris Open Source software engineering best practices, and CERN IdeaSquare CBI Collaboration at digital age.

ADVISORS

REINHARD POSCH – (Phd)

Chief Information Officer of Austria, since 2001. Chairman of the Austria SIC (Stiftung Secure Information and Communication Technologies) which controls A-SIT, which sets the standards for state secret for Austria and represents Austria in SOGIS since 2003. As CIO he is responsible for strategic coordination of activities in the field of ICT including all levels of government. From 2007 to 2011 he was Chairman of the Management Board of ENISA, the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).

Gerhard Knecht – (Phd)

Head of the Global Unisys vertical business unit for Security Services for 24 years,  current advisor for Trustless Computing Association, as well as their startup spinoff, TRUSTLESS.AI. Invented and implemented the Unisys Security Implementation Methodology (UniSIM). Designed and developed the National Information Security Framework of Portugal. Voted by SC Magazine and (ISC)2 one of the top 10 Influential Security Professionals in the UK, and holds a PhD in computer science from Innsbruck University, Austria.

PAUL NEMITZ – (Phd)

Director of Fundamental rights and Union citizenship and Principal Advisor at the Directorate-General Justice of the European Commission. Responsible for leading work on the GDPR and the EU – US Privacy Shield; data protection and privacy in the law enforcement and national security context.

TODD DAVIES – (Phd)

Acting Associate Director of Stanford University – Symbolic Systems Program (SSP), the largest post-graduate department at Stanford University  in the area of Artificial Intelligence, with over 90 professors and over 300 graduate students. His publications and research have previously focused on the use of online technologies to promote democratic organizing, collective negotiations and decision making.

JAMES S. FISHKIN – (Phd)

Professor of Communication and Political Science and Director of the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University. In 1988, and deployed widely around the World and renowned as a method of public consultation, Deliberative Polling . 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).  

JOSHUA WEISS

Expert in negotiation, mediation, and systemic approaches to conflict resolution, Joshua Weiss is the co-founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative at Harvard University and a senior fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project. Director and creator of the master of science degree in leadership and negotiation at Bay Path University. Consults with organizations like Microsoft, General Motors, and Christie’s Art Auction House.

SUNIL ABRAHAM (Phd)

Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Information and Society, Bangalore, India. CIS is the most recognized, cited and active 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“. He holds the Chair of Business & Multilateral Security at Goethe University, Frankfurt.

JOVAN GOLIC – (Phd)

World-renowned cryptographer. Senior Technical Leader, Security Lab at Telecom Italia, and Action Line Leader for Privacy, Security & Trust for EIT ICT labs. Action Line of one of 6 action lines of the 3BN€ EIT Digital, that brings leading close-to-market innovations to market through 8 specialized territorial nodes throughout the EU. He led several research projects on information security and privacy, and cryptography.

IVAN SCHOUKER

Geneva-based senior management consultant who partners with investors, boards and executive teams on harnessing business transformation. He has helped cultivate many areas of industry: He was a part of BNP Paribas‘ team that built private & investment banking in Taiwan’s liberalised markets, a founding member of Booz Allen & Hamilton‘s Hong Kong office, co-lead of Booz Allen’s own global firm transformation initiative, and founder of American Express‘ international corporate development & strategy unit.

JON SHAMAH – (Phd)

Principal Consultant at EJ Consultants and Chairman of EEMA, is the leading independent, not for profit, European think tank including topics on identification, authentication, privacy, risk management, cyber security, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and mobile applications. Specialising in maximising the technology and operational value chain of very large scale Trust programmes. Former co-chair of ITU-T SG17 JCA IDM.

MIKA LAUHDE

Vice-President Cyber Security & Privacy, Global Public Affairs at Huawei TechnologiesMember of ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency). Member of EU Commission NIS (Network and Information Security) platform and EU Commission security advisory board (reporting to Commissar Redding). Founding and Board Member of TDL (Trust In Digital Life, 2010 – 2013. Formerly Head of Security at Nokia and Member of Finnish government ICT security advisory board. 2007 – 2010. 

ROMAN YAMPOLSKIY

Renowned AI Superintelligence safety expert and professor. Founder and director of the Cyber Security Lab. Senior member of IEEE. Research Advisor for MIRI and Associate of GCRI, Tenured Associate Professor in the department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at the Speed School of Engineering, University of Louisville.  and an author of many books including “Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach”. Recognized as Distinguished Teaching Professor, Professor of the Year, Faculty Favorite, Top 4 Faculty, Leader in Engineering Education, Top 10 of Online College Professor of the Year, and Outstanding Early Career in Education award winner among many other honors and distinctions.

DANIELE ARCHIBUGI – (Phd)

He is a world renowned expert in global governance and constituent processes towards accountable global institutions. 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. 

BART PRENEEL – (Phd) (President)

World renowned cryptology expert and researcher. Former 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.

PIERLUIGI PAGANINI

CTO at Cybaze SPA. Cyber security expert, Cyber crime analyst, writer. Formerly CTO at CYBSEC Enterprise SpA. Formerly CISO at Bit4D, a leading cSPID/eIDAS) solutions provider. Member of ENISA Permanent Stakeholder Group. Editor at Securityaffairs.co. 

GIOVANNI FRANZA

Long-time IT security hacker, activist and professional. Technical Director of the Trustless Computing Association from 2011 to 2015, and previously at Telematics  Freedom Foundation. After the first experiences in the field of SIGINT in the mid-70s, he turned to informatics, network security, secure embedded systems, hardened operating systems on CD / CF, signal processing, built complex architectures on different civil projects. Technical Director of the Open Media Cluster. He contributed pro-bono to may Trustless Computing project since its first inception in 2006.

PAOLO GIORGINI – (Phd) 

Professor at Information Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of Trento. A world-renowned expert in socio-technical IT security. Co-author of “Socio-technical Trust: An Architectural Approach”, and Founder of the Socio-Technical Security (STS) methodology, a social and organizational approach to security engineering. STS extends and builds on security requirements engineering that recently has been awarded as the ten years most influential paper. He is co-author of the MIT Press book: “Security Requirements Engineering–Designing Secure Socio-Technical systems”.

Partners

Since 2015, the Trustless Computing Association have gathered outstanding technical, governance, end-user and promotional partners that have participated to our R&D funding proposals to the EU to build both SeeVik Net and the Trustless Computing Certifications Body, fundraising initiative for a spin-off startup and/or as sponsors of the related Free and Safe in Cyberspace event series. Our partners are fundamental for TCA’s mission achievement, as we benefit from their engagement and high-level expertise in the ICT sector.

Technical Partners

Kryptus (Brazil). Developed the SCuP, the world’s only microprocessor crafted for high-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 

KU Leuven – COSIC Group (Belgium). Research group COSIC (Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography) of the Dept. of Electrical Engineering ESAT Dept, Led by Prof. Bart Preneel, President of the International Association for Cryptologic Research. It provides world­-leading expertise in digital security and strives for innovative security solutions, in a broad range of application domains.

Role: Cryptosystems architecture

DFKI – German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (Germany). 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 Association. It is building the first trustless Computing complaint IT service, CivicNet, including 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.

Role: Architectural and Supply Chain Mgmt and Integration 

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 IC fabricat

Role: Fabrication oversight processes (CivicFab/Site)

Pilot Partners

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 within its administrative limits. 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 Euros. Designs and implements ICT Systems for the Regional Government and represents the unique interface between Regione Lombardia and the marketplace. Lombardia Informatica SPA (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 guarantees all competence to manage the lab validation site.

The Secure Information Technology Center of Austria (Austria). A-SIT is the leading IT cybersecurity standardization and certification public body in Austria, including standards for IT systems authorized to manage state secrets. 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). Certifies online collection systems for the European Citizen Initiative (EU Regulation 211/10, art. 6(4)), security assessment of e-voting technical components, or expert opinions for the Data Protection Commission.

Italian Ministry of Economic Development – Instituto 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 the OCSI, the Italian Scheme for ICT Security which certifies all IT systems authorized to deal with state secrets, under guidance form Italy DIS. Italy is a member of SOG-IS.

Governance Partners

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 within its administrative limits. 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.

Federal Chief Information Officer of Austria (Austria). Represented by  Reinhard Posch, Austrian CIO since 2001. It reports directly to the Austrian Chancellor and directs all Digital Austria and e-government activities in Austria. Leads 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’s role in SO-GIS and most relevant cybersecurity standardization and certification activities.

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.

The Secure Information Technology Center of Austria (Austria). A-SIT is the leading IT cybersecurity standardization and certification public body in Austria, including standards for IT systems authorized to manage state secrets. 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). Certifies online collection systems for the European Citizen Initiative (EU Regulation 211/10, art. 6(4)), security assessment of e-voting technical components, or expert opinions for the Data Protection Commission.

Italian Ministry of Economic Development – Instituto 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 the OCSI, the Italian Scheme for ICT Security which certifies all IT systems authorized to deal with state secrets, under guidance form Italy DIS. Italy is a member of SOG-IS.

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, which is responsible for both freedom of information as well as data protection at private and public sector entities seated in Schleswig-Holstein.

Promotional Partners

EIT Digital – Privacy, Security and Trust Action Line is 1 of 8 Thematic Action Lines of EIT Digital. EIT Digital, in turn, is 1 of 5 Knowledge and Innovation Communities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Electronic components and systems are a pervasive Key Enabling Technology, impacting all industrial branches and almost all aspects of life. They provide the fabric on which the internet runs; they give life to portable phones and tablets.

Association for European NanoElectronics Activities providing unparalleled networking opportunities, policy influence & supported access to funding in the field of micro- and nano-electronics enabled components and systems.

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. 

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. Leads 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. EMAG also has knowledge and experience in the development of risk assessment methods and tools for different domains of applications (e.g. for critical infrastructures, transport utility).

Swisscom AG is a major telecommunications provider in Switzerland. Its headquarters are located in Worblaufen near Bern. The Swiss Confederation owns 51.0 percent of Swisscom AG. According to its own published data, Swisscom holds a market share of 60% for mobile, 67% for broadband and 33% for TV telecommunication in Switzerland. Its Italian subsidiary Fastweb is attributed 16% of private clients and 29% of corporate clients share of Italian broadband and is also active in the mobile market.

We are actively seeking for additional great partners, and especially new Associate and Founding Pilot Partners for our first Trustless Computing compliant device and service, being developed with TRUSTLESS.AI.

If interested, reach out to us at: info@trustlescomputing.org