Dock recently set up the Dock Association, a Swiss non-profit whose objectives are to; oversee the network’s roadmap, establish and provide ongoing governance while overseeing the promotion and helping to drive adoption of the network. As we mentioned in our earlier post on the Association, we believe that creating a separate legal entity is an essential aspect to growing a healthy and diverse ecosystem.

At Dock, we believe that maximum participation and widespread adoption is more likely when the network itself is not owned or controlled by any single member, as a network that serves to benefit everyone is far more appealing than one that benefits just the network owner. And as the benefits become decentralized, governance of that network becomes increasingly important in order to manage the differing and often competing agendas of its participants while ensuring the network continues to evolve and improve.

Successful academic career

With the legal structure now in place, we have been busy seeking out a world-class and diverse group of individuals to form the Association’s first council and it, therefore, gives us great pleasure to confirm that Bill Buchanan OBE has now joined. Professor at the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cybersecurity. Bill also currently leads the Centre for Cybersecurity and Cryptography at Edinburgh Napier University, The Cyber Academy and the Blockpass ID Lab.

Over many years, Bill has combined a successful academic career with the ability to bring together top academic and commercial teams and has himself lead research which led to three highly successful spin-out tech companies: Zonefox, Symphonic Software and Cyan Forensics. He has published over 30 academic books and over 300 academic research papers and has one of the most extensive cryptography sites on the Internet.

Commercial and advisory expertise

In addition to his highly successful resume, Bill has also demonstrated his advisory expertise having provided expert evidence to both the Scottish and UK Parliaments, and around high impact research work including the development of information-sharing models for trust and governance within health and social care entities. Bill has a deep love of all things related to cryptography, especially in the areas of Zero-Knowledge Proof (ZKP), homomorphic encryption, lightweight cryptography, quantum-robust cryptography, and blockchain methods.

In his role on Dock’s council, Bill will provide technical feedback and guidance to the technical team as well as participate in discussions and vote on issues raised during Dock’s governance process.