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Cerf and Dyson named officers of StopBadware's board


Vint Cerf has been unanimously elected chair of StopBadware’s board of directors, succeeding PayPal chief information security officer Michael Barrett, who will continue to serve as a director. Cerf (pictured), Google’s chief Internet evangelist, is universally known for being one of the Internet’s founding fathers.

StopBadware is a non-profit organization seeking to make the online world safer through the prevention, mitigation and remediation of badware websites.

Esther Dyson, the well-known angel investor, philanthropist and technology commentator, has been named clerk (the equivalent of secretary) of StopBadware’s board. Both Cerf and Dyson have served on the board since 2010, when it was spun off from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

The board also added two new members: Brett McDowell, PayPal’s senior manager of ecosystem security; and Eric Davis, Google’s global public policy manager. The remaining two board members are Qualys CEO Philippe Courtot and Maxim Weinstein, StopBadware’s president and executive director.

An official blog post details the meeting at which the appointments were decided, a completely fictional scenario judging by the references to Star Trek, Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

”Badware is software that fundamentally disregards a user’s choice about how his or her computer or network connection will be used,” according to the organization. “A badware website facilitates the distribution of badware, either intentionally or because it has been compromised. Many, perhaps even most, badware websites distribute badware without the knowledge of the sites’ owners.”

Related links:

StopBadware – http://www.stopbadware.org

StopBadware blog – Episode VII: Vint Cerf named StopBadware Chairman (one Chair to rule them all)

Dark Reading – Vint Cerf Named Chair Of StopBadware Board Of Directors

Photo of Vint Cerf courtesy of Google