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Stanford University, PhD 1980
Public Policy
Stanford University, MA 1979
Philosophy (ethics)
Weber State, BA 1970
Philosophy and English Literature

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Bill Washburn

William (Bill) Washburn is the Executive Director at OpenID Foundation and Chairman of the Board at

Bill Washburn arrived on the Internet officially as the first Executive Director of the Commercial Internet Xchange (CIX) Association – the non-profit global trade organization of Internet service providers (ISPs) in the early 1990s. CIX and it’s leading members successfully led the effort to allow commercial and private use of the Internet. This occurred during the summer of 1994 and then Washburn became Senior Vice President of Business Development for MecklerMedia where the Internet World tradeshows and publications were created in the mid-1990s.

In 1997 Bill became part of the founding team of RealNames Corp. where he was Chief Policy Officer and Evangelist. In 2001, he became Executive Director and Board Chair of the non-profit which was one of the first end-user trust and identity focused Internet organizations. In 2005 Bill joined the founders of Opinity Corp. as Executive Vice President.

Earlier, while working in the administrations at Stanford University and Colorado State University respectively, Dr. Washburn was part of the IT community that was instrumental in developing the regional NSFnet networks that constituted the major part of the backbone of the original Internet in the research and higher education realm. Education: Ph.D. and M.A. from Stanford in Policy Analysis and Philosophy.

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