appoints renowned computer scientist, University of Washington Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access at the Paul G. Allen School, to advise on research on technology and equity

Tadayoshi Kohno advance the company’s mission to promote privacy, security, fairness and access to digital identity

MCLEAN, Va., June 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ —, the secure digital identity network with over 90 million users, has announced the appointment of Tadayoshi (Yoshi) Kohno as head of technology and equity research. Kohno will leverage its expertise in the security, privacy and fairness of current and future technologies to help continue to build the future of identity for everyone. Logo

“As we support the digital economy, we have an obligation to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate,” said Blake Hall, co-founder and CEO of “Yoshi’s leadership in the areas of fairness, access, privacy and security will build on’s unwavering commitment to this, increase transparency and help provide all access to a digital identity.”

Kohno is a professor at the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering in University of Washington, where he works as Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access. He also has adjunct appointments to the School of Law and the School of Information. Kohno is the recipient of several research awards, including the Technology Review TR-35 Young Innovator Award and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) golden goose Award for his team’s discovery of how someone could hack into an internet-connected car, which led to increased security measures across the industry. In addition to authoring more than a dozen award-winning articles and presenting his research to the U.S. House of Representatives, Kohno is co-author of the anthology “Telling Stories: On Culturally Responsive artificial intelligence”. He got his doctorate. from University of California San Diego.

“ values ​​innovative, user-centric technology, placing it at the forefront of digital identity,” Kohno said. “I am excited to leverage my experience and engage with the team to continue charting the future of digital identity, ensuring fairness, access, privacy and security. for everyone.”

Yoshi’s work at will reinforce the company’s commitment to “No Identity Left Behind”. Those with no credit, banking or residency history, and Americans living abroad have traditionally been unable to verify their digital identity. provides 24/7 customer service and multiple avenues for people to verify their identity online: automated self-service, video chat, and in-person.

Kohno’s years of studying the security and privacy of everyday and emerging technologies, including the risks of smart home technologies and web tracking, will benefit – a security and privacy-focused company that has incorporated rigorous security and privacy requirements into its technology since inception and is committed to supporting users’ rights to their personal information. Continuing this commitment, the company has also established a Charter of Privacy Rights. All research conducted and published by will be reviewed and validated by Kohno.


The secure digital identity network has over 90 million users and over 125,000 new people join on average every day (May 1, 2021April 30, 2022), as well as partnerships with 30 states, 10 federal agencies and more than 500 branded retailers. The company provides identity, authentication and group membership verification for organizations across all industries. The Company’s technology meets federal consumer authentication standards and is approved as a NIST 800-63-3 IAL2/AAL2 compliant ID service provider by the Kantara initiative.’s Identity Gateway also has Moderate Authority to Operate (ATO) from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). is the only video chat provider and is committed to “No Identity Left Behind” to enable all people to have a secure digital identity. To learn more, visit



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