Michael B. Jones is Director of Identity Partnerships at Microsoft. He is working with a broad coalition of people across multiple industries to build the Internet’s missing Identity layer. He represents Microsoft on the Information Card Foundation and OpenID Foundation boards of directors. He just completed terms as president of the USENIX Association board of directors and board member of the Computing Research Association (CRA). He was a member of the Systems and Networking Research Group at Microsoft Research from 1992 to 2005. His research covered diverse topics in operating systems and distributed systems, including scalable peer-to-peer based event notification, real-time scheduling for open systems, and designing an early distributed fault-tolerant video server. He has organized and chaired numerous computer science research conferences, has a large set of publications, and has authored patents covering a diverse set of inventions. He is an active director of Asia Images, a specialty stock photography company.
Michael earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992, where he was a member of the Mach project. He was a technical reviewer for the POSIX threads standards. His interests include digital identity, privacy-protecting systems, distributed systems, networking, operating systems, adaptive real-time systems, musical performance, outdoor activities, and his fellow human beings