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Reliable solutions for the digital world

Dr Maximilian Martin - Global Head of Philanthropy

Dr Maximilian Martin

Global Head of Philanthropy

Interview published in Sphere magazine, January/March 2020 edition


What is C4DT’s aim?

The digitalisation of our society offers extraordinary opportunities, but also presents a number of challenges. To be viable, this new world requires an ethical, technical and regulatory framework, which will enable greater trust in our digital systems and how they handle our data. The Center for Digital Trust (C4DT) is a platform that takes into account all aspects of digital trust through applied research, education and dialogue. The centre unites academia, industry, the public sector and civil society. It aims to define and implement a shared vision: to reinvent trust mechanisms that contribute to prosperous societies in the digital era. The centre, composed of 12 partners and 34 laboratories, gives access to the knowledge and expertise present throughout EPFL’s research labs to its partners and stakeholders.

The Center for Digital Trust (C4DT) is a platform that takes into account all aspects of digital trust through applied research, education and dialogue

What objectives does the C4DT have in the long run?

The Center for Digital Trust aims to develop open-source “trust solutions” in three sectors: data security, transparency on data handling and storage, as well as protecting personal data.

EPFL’s world-renowned expertise allows the centre to work on the application of new systems and methods to answer the challenges of the digital age. Five pillars of technology and five domains of application have thus been identified. The five pillars are: software verification, privacy protection and cryptography, artificial intelligence, hardware and system security, blockchain and “smart contracts”.

EPFL’s world-renowned expertise allows the centre to work on the application of new systems and methods to answer the challenges of the digital age

Moreover, the five domains correspond to health, finance, digital information as well as democracy & humanitarian assistance and critical infrastructure. All of these serve to illustrate how technology may contribute to resolving the challenges of digitalization.

What does Fondation Lombard Odier’s support of C4DT consist of?

Fondation Lombard Odier has been in a strong partnership with EPFL for many years. In 2014, we created a fund for the launch of strategic initiatives that allows EPFL to identify, finance and develop ambitious new initiatives – such as the C4DT – without having to immediately rely on public funding, sponsors or private donors.

Fondation Lombard Odier is committed to “Tech 4 Good” and promoting education as well as cutting-edge research which, in turn, enables the development of innovative projects such as the Programme for Humanitarian Impact Investment, launched in 2017 by the ICRC with our support.

The centre, which is also a platform for sharing knowledge and ideas as well as a de-facto think & do tank, fits perfectly into this approach. It not only facilitates cross-disciplinary collaboration among EPFL’s scientists but is also a veritable centre of expertise that offers training programmes and allows the transfer of knowledge and technology.

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