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Nathaniel Borenstein

Adjunct Lecturer in Information and Research Investigator, School of Information Email: nbo@umich.edu Phone: 734/926-9672
Office: School Of Information/105 S. State Street Faculty Role: Adjunct Personal website

Biography

Nathaniel Borenstein has been involved in building the Internet since 1980. He is best known as author of the MIME standard for multimedia data on the net, which is used trillions of times every day. He founded First Virtual Holdings, the first Internet payment system, and 3 other companies. He was in charge of Research and Standards for IBM's Lotus Division for 8 years, and most recently was Chief Scientist at Mimecast for over a decade before returning to the UMSI Faculty in 2022.

Nathaniel was for many years on the Board, and briefly President, of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. He has 21 patents, and is working on finishing his fourth book, which is about how the Internet affects the human spiritual journey. More detail can be found at http://guppylake.com

Pronouns

they/he, them/him, their/his

Areas of interest

Email and Other Interpersonal communication
Human Vision Augmentation
Preserving Internet History
Open standards
Ethical and Social Issues in Computing

Education

Ph.D., M.S., Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
B.A., Mathematics and Religious Studies, Grinnell College