As a lawyer, academic researcher, UN contributor, entrepreneur, and educator, Jeffrey has passionately pursued finding the solution to achieving digital trust since 1982.
His unconventional journey began when he was asked to give a legal opinion on whether a faxed purchase order was as valid as a “wet ink” signature on paper: “Could the companies trust the digital transmission?” Since then, his career has helped build bridges across the chasms between the status quo and each new generation of information technology—EDI, the Internet, digital signatures, electronic banking, digital currencies, privacy, information security, electronic discovery, and more.
In doing so, he worked for some of the world’s largest companies, including Google, Disney Stores, The Limited, Victoria’s Secret, WalMart, and Deutsche Bank. As a thought leader, he continues to contribute to some of the most important professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, ISSA, ISC(2), ARMA International, and the Cloud Security Alliance.
Jeffrey left legal practice in 2006 to devote his energies to building an answer to the question, “How can we achieve digital trust?” Amidst entrepreneurial gigs and his own research, he now is sharing the answers with the world.
In 2016, Jeffrey maintains appointments as an external lecturer at two of the world’s great universities—teaching at the University of Oxford, Department of Computer Science and at Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering. In 2014-2015, he also taught at the Georgetown University Law Center. Here is more information about his academic courses.
In addition to speaking and teaching, Jeffrey continues to research and publish new work in the fields of digital trust, electronic evidence, and an emerging new discipline he calls quantum law. You can learn more about his current work at Join the Tribe. When not preaching the gospel of digital trust, Jeffrey embraces his affections for cycling, yoga, hiking, cooking, and poetry.