Harry Halpin

Research Scientist - Inria

Harry Halpin is a research scientist at Inria in Paris, and previously led security and decentralization at the W3C. He started and led the development of the W3C WebCrypto API, the Web Authentication API, and the Social Web Working Group at W3C. He quit the W3C over backing of DRM. Now, he works on secure messaging via the NEXTLEAP project and mixnets via the PANORAMIX project, and remains a visiting researcher at MIT. He chaired the first IEEE Security and Privacy on the Blockchain workshop and advises blockchain companies like Quantstamp. He was present in the room when the “Like” button was invented by David Recordon, formerly an advocate of the distributed social graph.