Kaliya Hamlin is independent industry expert in the field of user-centric identity. She has been an active community leader and industry organizer since 2004. She has been writing on the subject since the winter of 2005 on her Identity Woman blog.
She is the primary designer and facilitator of theInternet Identity Workshop that she helped co found in 2005 with Doc Searls and Phil Windley. It is industry's leading conference moving innovation, collaboration and adoption of user-centric technologies forward.
In 2009 Kaliya Hamlin was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the most influential women in tech. She has been quoted in a range of media publications including the New York Times, Technology Review, Business Week, and Read Write Web.
She regularly speaks to both technical, business and regular person audiences about the emerging identity layer of the web. Recent engagements have included an executive team from SWIFT, the W3C Social Web Incubator Group, Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network, SXSW, She's Geeky, and Net Squared.
Kaliya has another professional career leveraging her skills as a community leader in the field of digital identity as a designer and and facilitator of over 100 unConferences mostly for professional technical communities. Her blog on this subject can be found here.
She first learned about user-centric identity through her active participation in thePlanetwork community from 2002-2004. She developed a vision to link communities she was an active participant in and as a aspiring-social-entrepreneur had two early Drupal sites built. This vision required open standards for user-centric identity and having "got" power of this idea from reading the Augmented Social Network: Building Identity and Trust into the Next Generation Internet when it was published in 2003 she became an passionate evangelist for open standards. In 2004 following the last Planetwork conference she was hired by the first Identity Commons as an evangelist. In early 2005 she began this Identity Woman blog.
She is always open to questions from those trying to navigate the identity landscape.