Steve Olshansky

Steve Olshansky

Director, Trust, Technology, Policy and Strategy

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Biography

I work to develop and integrate the Internet Society’s efforts related to various facets of Internet trust, especially around online security and privacy. I feel strongly that improving communication and understanding between and among key stakeholders is essential to our collective success. Accordingly, I have a strong focus on bridging the gap between technologists and policymakers, regulators, vendors, and the public, to ensure that all have a common understanding of the challenges and opportunities we face.

Prior to joining the Internet Society in 2014, I was Director, Federated Technologies for Internet2—the US National Research and Education Network (NREN). I was with Internet2 for 12 years, responsible for a variety of trust and cybersecurity technology and policy projects, and reducing friction for online business, education, and collaboration. I was especially focused on trust infrastructure, cybersecurity, digital identity, and federated identity and access management. My responsibilities included managing distributed software development projects and developing community-driven best practices and policy guidance. Prior to my tenure with Internet2, I was a consultant in the fields of eBusiness and online training and education, a content and business developer for IP services at a large US telco (“baby bell”), and a founding board member of a leading community information portal in the mid-90s.

I hold a M.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a B.A. in Political Science from Colorado College.

When I am not buried in technology and policy, I can be found enjoying the outdoors in my beautiful surroundings.

I am based in Boulder, Colorado, United States.

Latest posts

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How Do Surveillance Laws Impact the Economy?

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Privacy 17 July 2019

Accessible, Clear, and Appropriate: An Open Letter to Amazon on Privacy Policies

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Building Trust 12 July 2019

The Internet of Things: Connecting the Dots to Become a Smart Consumer

According to a recent survey conducted by Consumers International and the Internet Society, 63% of consumers think the way...

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Internet of Things (IoT) 24 April 2019

The Internet of Things: Why ‘Trust By Design’ Matters

As we have seen vividly in recent years, inadequate security and privacy protections in the Internet of Things (IoT)...

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Internet of Things (IoT) 11 April 2019

Internet of Things Devices as a DDoS Vector

As adoption of Internet of Things devices increases, so does the number of insecure IoT devices on the network....

IETF 30 October 2018

Rough Guide to IETF 103: Internet of Things

Not surprisingly it has been a busy 4 months in IoT, and IoT-related work in IETF has been buzzing...

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