Developing privacy-preserving identity systems and safe distributed computation, enabling an Internet of Trusted Data.

The Trust::Data Consortium addresses the growing tension between societal data proliferation and data security by developing specifications, software, tools and documentation that help organizations adopt a holistic approach to cyber protection.  Trust::Data is building new models for digital identity, data provenance, universal access, and secure privacy-preserving transactions to harness the future potential of global data sharing.


The mission of The Trust::Data Consortium is to create open source tools and services that foster the development of a secure internet-based network of trusted data.

With the emergence of massive global data ecosystems, The Trust::Data Consortium aims to provide people, organizations, and computers the ability to manage access to their data more securely, efficiently and equitably, while protecting personal data from incursion and corruption.  As we have moved from the analog world to the digital world, our data, security and governance systems have not kept pace.  It has created numerous issues ranging from data insecurity (such as the large-scale government and private sector data losses of recent years) to a widening digital divide between rich and poor, including the global disenfranchisement of over 1.5 billion people who lack legal identity.

Evolving from the 25-year history of MIT Kerberos in MIT's famous Project Athena, Trust::Data continues the MIT tradition of solving difficult problems facing society today and in the future, and providing open source solutions, free to the world.


Founding Faculty Director: Prof Alex "Sandy" Pentland




Alex “Sandy” Pentland is founding faculty director of the MIT Connection Science Research Initiative, which uses network science to access and change real-world human behavior, and is the Toshiba Professor of Media, Arts, and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a triple appointment at MIT in Media Arts and Sciences, Engineering Systems Division and with the Sloan School of Business.


Executive Director:  Stephen C. Buckley

Stephen serves as the Executive Director of the Connection Science and Human Dynamics programs at MIT, and is the key management lead, with responsibility for managing a team of faculty, staff and students, in creating an innovation-centric culture, to produce robust implementations of research software. Liaising with key external stakeholders, he increases awareness of, and engagement in, the programs, initiatives, and projects.

Previously, during his long career at MIT, Stephen served as Technical Director at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL). Earlier, he served as Director of Systems Engineering, reporting to MIT's CIO. He is the founder of the MIT CIO Summit, the MIT CIO Symposium, and the MIT Kerberos Consortium. Stephen received the Andrew W. Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration in 2007.

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Technical Officer: Thomas Hardjono

Thomas Hardjono is the CTO of MIT Connection Science and Engineering. He leads technical projects and initiatives around identity, security and privacy in emerging technologies such as IoT, smart contracts and blockchain systems, and engages industry partners and sponsors on these fronts.  

Thomas is also the technical director for the Trust::Data Consortium under MIT Connection Science that implements open source software based on cutting edge research at MIT. Prior to this Thomas was the Director of the MIT Kerberos Consortium, developing the famous MIT Kerberos authentication software currently used by millions of users around the world.  As an industry expert he has been active in the areas of security, applied cryptography and identity management for nearly two decades now, starting from the mid-1990s working in the emerging PKI industry as Principal Scientist at VeriSign as the largest PKI provider in the world. He has led a number of key industry technical groups within the IETF, OASIS, Trusted Computing Group, Kantara and other organizations.  Aside from MIT Kerberos, he has been instrumental in the development of the OpenID-Connect 1.0 (OIDC) and the User Managed Access (UMA) identity management protocols. He is also spearheading exploratory work on core identities, open algorithms and verifiable transaction identities for blockchain systems. Over the years he has published four books and over sixty technical papers in journals and at conferences.



Get a copy of our new book, including contributions from the UN, World Economic Forum, and White House Cybersecurity Initiative:  Trust::Data: A New Framework for Identity and Data Sharing