Ken Klingenstein

Identity Evangelist in Trust and Identity within Internet2

Ken is a member of LIBER’s FIM4L Working Group, and has been involved in federated identity from its original invention.

From 1985 to 1999 he was the head of academic technologies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During this time, he was deeply involved in the creation of the Internet and its use by the public sector.

From 1999 onward, he has been part of Internet2 and was responsible for the development of the middleware work there that created both open source identity management software, with the support of NSF, and multi-lateral R&E federations such as InCommon.

Klingenstein is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame.

“From the very beginning, federated identity was designed to meet library use cases. The design would have been much simpler without those considerations, but the developers felt that it was critical to embrace those requirements to properly protect privacy. It is gratifying to see the library community now using what has been built with them in mind.”