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Kaliya, widely known as Identity Woman, is an expert in decentralized/self-sovereign identity. She is committed her life to the development of an open standards based layer of the internet that empowers people.
In 2005, Kaliya co-founded the Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) to bring together technologists who want to see decentralized identity come into being. In the 17 years the IIW community has been meeting, it created standards being used all over the internet, like OpenID Connect and OAuth and an initiation ground for collaborations that have led to multi-million dollar projects. In 2016, she began the Identity Ecosystem Map project and collaborating in leading its development. She is the co-founder of HumanFirst.Tech, a project focused the needs of diverse communities and building an inclusive industry.
Kaliya has been named one of the most influential women in tech by Fast Company Magazine. She has presented keynotes to Identiverse and Gartner's Identity and Access Management Summit in London. She has spoken at many industry events, such as 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. She has been quoted in a range of media including the New York Times, MIT Technology Review, Business Week, and ReadWriteWeb.
Kaliya is currently active on a range of industry expert groups (a list of industry affiliations is here). She has worked directly with the US Government (NSTIC & DHS S&T) and the Government of British Columbia. She was an active contributor to the WEF Rethinking Personal Data Project for its duration 2010-2014.
In 2017, Kaliya graduated from the first cohort of the Masters of Science in Identity Management and Security program at the University of Texas at Austin. Her masters report, Domains of Identity, is a comprehensive framework explaining all the domains of identity where individuals personal data ends up in databases. She co-authored the Comprehensive Guide to Self-Sovereign Identity.