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Wes Kussmaul

CIO, Reliable Identities, Inc., USA

 


Wes Kussmaul was the sole founder of Delphi Internet Services in 1981, ‘The Company That Popularized the Internet’, joining AOL, Compuserve, and Prodigy at the forefront of early consumer access to the online world. 

In 1986 he launched a spinoff, Global Villages, Inc., to serve magazine publishers and business clients with their own private-label online services, including business planning, management, hosting, and promotion.  Delphi was sold to Rupert Murdoch in 1993, and Global Villages’ hosting business to NTT Verio in 1998.

When, in 1990, the U.S. National Science Foundation dropped its prohibition on the use of the Internet for commerce, disrupting the provision of reliable identities of users, Wes focused on the need for reliable identities of individuals on the Internet, starting with the development of the VIVOS Enrollment Workstation. Designed to be used by notaries with minimal training, VIVOS bound biometrics of the enrollee to digital identity certificates.

While developing VIVOS, Wes was introduced to a group at the International Telecommunication Union who were attempting to implement a world PKI similar to the one he envisioned. In 2002, The Village Group (a descendant of the earlier Global Villages) became a charter signatory to the International Telecommunication Union's World e-Trust Initiative, and is now a Sector Member of the ITU.

In 2008, as a member of the High-Level Experts Group at the ITU's Global Cybersecurity Agenda, Wes introduced the City of Osmio in an address to the United Nations World Summit on Information Society in Geneva. The City of Osmio applies the global public authority of the ITU to the process of identity certification and to other digital certificates.

Wes is an individual adherent to the International Union of Latin Notaries and has been appointed a Notary Ambassador by the National Notary Association. He has written several books about identity, privacy, and PKI, including Quiet Enjoyment (2014), Don’t Get Norteled (2015), and Escape the Plantation (2015).

Presentation
Knowledge Exchange seminar: Beyond LOA: Reliably measuring the reliability of an identity claim


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