Kaliya "Identity Woman" Young

Kaliya “Identity Woman” Young is a co-founder of the Internet Identity Workshop and of HumanFirst.Tech and an independent expert on blockchain and identity systems who consults with governments, companies and startups.

An expert in self-sovereign identity and identity on the blockchain, Young (formerly Hamlin) is the co-author of a Comprehensive guide to Self-Sovereign Identity and is widely known as Identity Woman (its also the name of her blog and her twitter handle). She is committed her life to the development of an open standards based layer of the internet that empowers people.

In 2005, Young co-founded the Internet Identity Workshop with Doc Searls and Phil Windley. Five years later she founded the Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium to catalyze a network of companies working to give individuals the tools to collect, manage and gain value from their own personal data generated actively and passively as they interact with all kinds of digital systems. In 2016 she began the Identity Ecosystem Map project and collaborating in leading its development. She consults with and advises companies seeking to develop products in this ecosystem. She is the co-founder with Shireen Mitchel of HumanFirst.Tech a project focused the needs of diverse communities and building an inclusive industry.

Young has been named one of the most influential women in tech by Fast Company Magazine. She has presented keynotes to the MyData, Identiverse and Gartner’s Identity and Access Management Summit in London. She has spoken at, the K(no)w Identity conference, EMMA’s IEES conference, DWeb Summit, European Identity Conference, Gnomedex, Data Week, Privacy Identity and Innovation, NIST’s IDTrust Conference, SXSW and BlogHer.

She has been quoted in a range of media including the New York Times, MIT Technology Review, Business Week, and ReadWriteWeb.

Young has worked directly with the US Government (NSTIC & DHS S&T) and the Government of British Columbia, and in 2012 she was honored by the World Economic Forum. She was an active contributor to the WEF Rethinking Personal Data Project for its duration 2010-2014.

Posts by Kaliya "Identity Woman" Young

Digital Identity — A Missing Piece for Civil Society?

“What if the people involved in building blockchains or developing AI or setting standards for the Internet of Things were as diverse and worldwide as the people whose lives are affected by these things?”

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