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Hannes Tschofenig is employed by ARM Limited, a company known for their widely used low-power microprocessors found in tablets, mobile phones, and embedded devices. Prior employers include the European Data Protection Supervisor, Nokia/Nokia Networks, and Siemens.
His work life focused on developing global standards to make the Internet work better. He has been active in one of the leading Internet standards developing organizations, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), for the past 14+ years and has contributed to more than 60 RFCs on security, privacy, and emergency services.
Hannes co-chaired various IETF groups, including the "Web Authorization Protocol" (OAuth) working group and the "Authentication and Authorization for Constrained Environments (ace)" working group. OAuth is about enabling secure and privacy-friendly data sharing on the Web/Internet. ACE is a working group focused on authentication and authorization for Internet of Things.
From 2010 to 2014 Hannes was a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), a committee of the IETF. Currently, he is the vice-chair of the FIDO Alliance Privacy and Public Policy Working Group. The FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance aims to change the nature of authentication on the Web by developing specifications that reduce the reliance on passwords.