Daniel C. Burnett

Daniel C. Burnett

President, Burnett Consulting Services

Dr. Burnett has almost 20 years of experience in Web and Internet standards. As Principal for StandardsPlay, his consulting firm, Dan helps 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.

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 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. 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 newest project is the nascent work on Verifiable Claims at W3C, a broadly backed effort to standardize self‐sovereign, cryptographically‐verifiable claims/credentials/attestations that can fully replace the need for centralized digital identifiers online.

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