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Jean-Francois Blanchette

Jean-Francois BlanchetteJean-François Blanchette is an assistant professor of Information Studies in the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and a faculty member of the Moving Image Archive Studies program. He is a Research Affiliate of the Center for Information as Evidence, a Fellow of the Center for Ethics and Complex Systems and an Associate Researcher at the CECOJI.

Before joining UCLA in 2004, Blanchette was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the InterPARES 2 research project, led by Luciana Duranti, where he worked on the articulation of electronic signatures technologies to archival practice. He obtained his PhD in 2002 in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he worked with Kim Fortun. He spent 1999-2001 researching the reform of evidence law in France and the EU. His fieldwork included nine months at the headquarters of the French notarial profession, the Conseil Superieur du Notariat, working with the Ministry of Justice on drafting a decree on electronic notarial acts.

Blanchette earned a BS and MSc in Computer Science from the Université de Montréal, where he trained in cryptography with Claude Crepeau in the Laboratoire d’Informatique.