Blockchain Standards Architect, ConsenSys

Dr. Burnett has almost 20 years of experience in Web and Internet standards. As Principal for StandardsPlay, his consulting firm, Dan has helped a variety of companies play the standards game, both advising clients in how they can strengthen their brand and market positions through standards leadership and representing them directly in organizations such as W3C and the IETF when appropriate. Now in the PegaSys standards group at ConsenSys, Dan is tackling the challenging and rapidly‐evolving blockchain space, with an aim to provide standards that will help foster trust by individuals and enterprises in the use of this new and exciting technology.

Dan's introduction to standards came while a researcher in automatic speech recognition technology at Nuance, well‐known worldwide for its voice recognition technology. Beginning when the World Wide Web Consortium, the organization responsible for HTML, was only 5 years old, Dan co‐created VoiceXML, the still‐ reigning standard for Interactive Voice Response systems, receiving two Speech Luminary awards from SpeechTech magazine for his contributions to the industry. Through roles at Vocalocity, Voxeo, Tropo, and Aspect, Dan continued to lead in the development of VoiceXML and its related SRGS, SSML, SISR, and other standards, simultaneouly serving in the IEEE‐ISTO's VoiceXML Forum as Treasurer, Vice Chairman, and Chairman.

While at Voxeo, Tropo, and Aspect, Dan's standards focus gradually added and then transitioned to the development of WebRTC, the JavaScript APIs in major web browsers that provide plugin‐free audio, video, and real‐time peer‐to‐peer communications and data. Dan is the initial and longest‐running editor of the W3C's WebRTC and Media Capture and Streams standards specifications. A frequent speaker at conferences, Dan is also co‐author of the most popular book on WebRTC.

Dan's current focus at ConsenSys is the new work on Verifiable Credentials and Decentralized Identifiers (DIDs) at W3C, efforts to standardize self‐sovereign, cryptographically‐verifiable identifiers, claims, credentials, and attestations that can fully replace the need for centralized digital identifiers online.