Trevor Butterworth biography

Trevor Butterworth has spent two decades looking at how data is used and communicated in society, first as a journalist, then as founding director at a think tank, and now as co-founder and VP for Communications and Governance of Indicio.

He is chair of the Steering Committee for the Cardea Project at Linux Foundation Public Health, an open source project for sharing verifiable digital health credentials in a privacy preserving way. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Covid Credentials Initiative, also at Linux Foundation Public Health, and he is on the Stewards Governance Committee of the Velocity Network.

Trevor is also the Managing Editor for Indicio, credited for writing much of the Indicio library of content including the company’s white papers, reports, decks, website content, and blogs. Under Trevor’s guidance, Indicio launched the company’s flagship product Proven™ which provides the complete suite of software, network infrastructure, and decentralized identity components needed to authenticate and exchange high-value information and develop trusted, secure relationships.

Prior to Indicio, Trevor was a consultant to the Sovrin Foundation, and Director of Research at He was the founding Executive Director of Sense About Science USA, a nonprofit which developed innovative and collaborative projects on communicating the complexity of scientific and statistical evidence with, among others, the American Statistical Association, the Annals of Internal Medicine, MIT, and the Library of Congress.

He was a consultant to the American Statistical Association, and Cornell University, where he provided communications support to CERES 2030, the flagship project for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal to achieve ‘zero hunger’ (SDG 2).

As a journalist, essayist, and critic, he has written for numerous publications, including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Forbes, Newsweek, and Vox. He has presented at many conferences and events, including the Ford Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and the UN World Data Forum.

Trevor was educated at Trinity College Dublin, Georgetown University, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He was a visiting fellow at Cornell, and is currently a visiting adjunct assistant professor in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute at Trinity College Dublin.

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