The Trust::Data Consortium brings together MIT researchers and business vanguards to collaborate on the development of open-source software that enables better data security and privacy, while also allowing for easier data sharing, and more robust digital identity.  This collaboration operationalizes decades of research into digital security, identity, and privacy using state-of-the art technologies such as blockchain and encrypted computing, which will allow the world’s data systems to be updated to meet contemporary and future needs.

Responding to requests from U.S. and European government officials, and extending work conducted in collaboration with several other governments and nongovernmental organizations at the World Economic Forum, MIT Connection Science created the Trust::Data Consortium.


Among other benefits, the Trust::Data Framework provides a roadmap for making data systems much harder to improperly access.  Companies and governments are increasingly concerned about new models of data security rather than patching existing systems, following the U.S. DNC email hacking scandal, and corporate data loss ranging from Target to Yahoo to Anthem Health.  Trust::Data also makes it easier for businesses to comply with the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will be enforced beginning in May 2018.

The Trust::Data Consortium continues to expand and will begin deploying test implementations in the first half of 2017. MIT Connection Science’s contribution to the Open Algorithms (OPAL) program is also managed by Trust::Data, supporting work with the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, the French Government, and others around data security and digital privacy.

Trust::Data follows from MIT’s experiences with the Kerberos Consortium and other successful open source code projects. MIT ENIGMA’s open source efforts are also managed under the Trust::Data Consortium.  The project is led by Dr. Thomas Hardjono, who led Kerberos activities for several years, as Chief Technology Officer and head of development.

Detailed information about specific initiatives can be found under PROJECTS.