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Steven R. Bratt, Ph.D.

Steve Bratt, as shot by Ralph Swick, 2 Jan 2002

In December 2012, Steve joined GS1 as Chief Technology Office & President, Standards Development. GS1 is the international organization that develops and manages the world's barcodes, RFID tags and other standards for identifying things (entities, assets, products, services) and sharing data. There he leads the design of next-generation standards, and seek to integrate better this "Internet of Things" with the Internet, the Web, open linked data, mobile, privacy, security, accessibility, internationalization, and more.

In October 2008, Steve Bratt was named the first Chief Executive Officer of the World Wide Web Foundation. The Web Foundation is not-for-profit organization, founded by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, focused on connecting and empowering all people on the planet through the Web, and ensuring that this powerful medium advances in a free and open manner. Under the direction of the Board, Steve has primary responsibility for launching the Foundation and for worldwide operations, including overall management of strategic planning, programs, fund-raising, communications, budget, legal matters, liaisons, and events.

Starting in January 2002, Steve served Chief Operating Officer, then Chief Executive Officer at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) where he led an international Team of 60 staff and 400 Member organizations in the development of the technical standards that make the Web work. Steve also held the position of Research Scientist within MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

Prior to joining the W3C, Steve held leadership and research positions within industry and government, and served on scientific and arms control delegations. In 1997, he was named Coordinator of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization's International Data Centre in Vienna, Austria. There he was responsible for establishing the data center, global communications infrastructure, and standards for data exchange between more than 300 world-wide sensors and 170 nations. From 1984 to 1997, Steve led research initiatives -- first at Science Applications International Corporation and then as a program manager at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- to develop advanced concepts for real-time global sensor monitoring, intelligent data analysis and international telecommunications. Since 1993, Web technologies have played the central role in support of the sharing of data, information and knowledge within the complex systems that he has designed and deployed.

Steve received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University.