Jacques Bus

Secretary General Digital Enlightenment Forum

Jacques Bus received his PhD in Science and Mathematics at the University of Amsterdam. He worked as a researcher for 12 years and subsequently as research program manager for 5 years at CWI/NWO in Amsterdam (NL).

From 1988 he worked at the European Commission in leading positions in various parts of the Research programmes ESPRIT and ICT, including IT infrastructure, program management, software engineering and since 2004 in trust and security. He has been strongly involved in the establishment of the Security Theme in FP7, the EC Research funding programme.

Since 2010 he works as an independent advisor on Trust, Security, Privacy and Identity in the digital environment. He has been 3 years business director of the Dutch Privacy and Identity Lab (www.pilab.nl) He is Secretary General of Digital Enlightenment Forum.

Recent Activity


Sunday, May 26

  • 12:57pm


    After many years of research, demonstration and limited implementations, digital identification and authentication is still not user-friendly, privacy respecting and broadly usable, except in some small states, or industry sectors. Even in banking, where good authentication is crucial many different systems are around and is not symmetrical: the client authenticates to the bank and not vice versa.

    Last year the European eIDAS regulation came to effect, which allows cooperation between identification systems of governments for their own services. But this does not change easily authentication for banking, shopping, proving one’s age or education. This all still needs different methods and credentials.

    In this workshop we bring together people to discuss the steps needed on top of eIDAS, to make identification and authentication on the Internet easy and trustworthy.

    We will start with a presentation on eIDAS and its foreseen future developments. This will be followed by presentations of private systems existing or under development that are privacy respecting and easy to use and which can build on existing government or otherwise backed ID data. It will include attribute-based systems, Self-Sovereign ID and Block Chain based ID.

    It will be complemented by a presentation on the problems of governments to make progress to develop citizen-friendly eID systems.

    Speakers are:

    Andrea Servida (HoU EC CNECT/eGovernment and Trust): eIDAS, its status and future developments.

    Elly Plooij – van Gorsel (Chair of the Dutch Government Committee on eID) eID developments in The Netherlands

    Bart Jacobs (prof Radboud Univ Nijmegen, NL): IRMA, a privacy respecting and user friendly eID system

    Ghassan Karame (NecLab, DE): Block Chain for ID management

    Stephan Krenn (AIT, AT): Privacy preserving Self-Sovereign ID management.

    This Workshop has been organised by DigEnlight in cooperation with Trust in Digital Life and hosted by the Representation at the EU of the German State of Hessen. 


Friday, April 12

Sunday, March 17

Thursday, January 31

Tuesday, January 8

  • 9:58pm

    In a blog: Block Chain's Occam Problem  Mckinsey expresses doubts on the usefulness of applications of Block Chain, in particular in financal industry, but also on the potential in many other application areas.The blog is a worthy reading.
    Particularly also the conclusions that there can nevertheless be real potential in specific cases which would shift ownership on data from corporations to consumers. An excellent example seems to be private Block Chains that give members control (by having the crypto key on the ledger) over who can read the ledger, which could be an extending set of Identity or personal data, personal medical data etc.

    Suggestions have been made already on ID management by Kim Cameron (see his "Laws of Identity on the Block Chain" of 27 May 2018 on his BLOG).

    Similar ideas can be worked out for e-Portfolios, i.e. ledgers of personal education and experience badges.

    The conclusion might indeed be as stated HERE that Block Chain becomes mature and ... boring.

Monday, December 31 2018