Center for Digital Trust

Center for Digital Trust

"The Cambridge Analytica scandal, the WannaCry hijacking, the hacking of 1 billion Yahoo accounts,…

How much do you trust our digital infrastructure?"

Trust is indispensable to the prosperity and well-being of societies. For millennia, we developed trust-building mechanisms to facilitate interactions. But as they become increasingly digital, many traditional mechanisms no longer function well, hence trust breaks down.

As a result, low levels of trust discourage us from engaging in new forms of interactions and constrain business opportunities.

We must therefore re-invent trust mechanisms that will contribute to prosperous and peaceful societies in the digital age.

What is DTOP?

The DTOP is a set of software libraries for building and testing secure and trustworthy applications. At first, it will integrate three technological pillars into a unified platform.

Privacy Protection and Cryptography: privacy “leakage” protection and security for shared data or analytics.
Blockchains and Smart Contracts: high-performance, feature-rich and secure blockchains, and smart contracts.
Software Verification: automatic verification of software properties and identification of attack scenarios.

The DTOP is also the starting point for the exploration of digital-trust applications in many domains:

Finance: The financial analysis of cryptocurrencies and smart contracts influence their technological development.
Health: Privacy protection for data in personalized medicine helps engage patients and respond to regulations.
Democracy and Humanitarian Assistance: Technologies for e-voting and “smart” services implements democratic and humanitarian values.
Critical Infrastructures: Systemic security models secure energy grids and transportation infrastructures.
Digital Information: Technologies manage digital rights and identify faked images, videos, messages, etc.

The DTOP is also an opportunity to explore the Governance and Ethics challenges of digital trust.


Karl Aberer

Semantic Information Processing in Distributed Systems

Katerina Argyraki

Network Security

Edouard Bugnion

Datacenter Systems

George Candea

Reliability and Security in Large-Scale Systems

Pierre Collin-Dufresne

Asset Pricing

Touradj Ebrahimi

Media Security

Rüdiger Fahlenbrach

Corporate Finance, Initial Coin Offerings (ICO)

Babak Falsafi

Cloud Computing

Boi Faltings

Artificial Intelligence

Jacques Fellay

Health and Genomic Information Management

Damir Filipović

Quantitative Finance and Risk Management

Bryan Ford

Decentralized and Blockchain Systems

Matthias Grossglauser

Data Mining and Machine Learning

Rachid Guerraoui

Distributed Algorithms and Consensus

Jean-Pierre Hubaux

Security/Privacy of Health/Genomic data and of Personal Devices

Julien Hugonnier

Asset Pricing and Mathematical Finance

Martin Jaggi

Machine Learning

Dimitar Jetchev

Mathematical Cryptography

Viktor Kunčak

Formal Software Verification

James Larus

Very Large Scale Systems

Jean-Yves Le Boudec

Cyber Physical Systems

Martin Odersky

Programming Languages

Marcel Salathé

Digital Epidemiology and Personalized Health

Sabine Süsstrunk

Image Understanding and Conceptualization

Carmela Troncoso

Privacy enhancing technologies

Serge Vaudenay


Robert West

Data Science and Privacy

Contact Information

Jean-Pierre Hubaux

Academic Director

Olivier Crochat

Executive Director

Gilles Dubochet

Scientific Advisor & Business Development Manager

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